Boost your Twitter followers the underhand way – by BUYING them


Give your online ego a real Tweet: Boost your Twitter followers the underhand way – by BUYING them

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12:28 GMT, 28 August 2012

Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and Katy Perry top the list with the most twitter followers in the world.

The world-famous pop stars have over 25 million followers each making mere mortal tweeters feel like a nobody without legions of followers reading their every thought.

But it seems that some people are so desperate to boost their social media following that they have even taken to purchasing fake followers.

Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber reign at the top of the world's most followed celebrities with over 25 million followers each

Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber reign at the top of the world's most followed celebrities with over 25 million followers each

Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber reign at the top of the world's most followed celebrities with over 25 million followers each

And it’s not just ego-driven social media junkies trying to buy in on the act.

Celebrities, politicians, enterprises, aspiring musicians- anyone who might benefit from having a larger social media following to boost their brand- are known to have bought a mass collection of Twitter followers.

It really is the worst kept secret of the Twittersphere and countless ‘buy more followers’ websites have sprung up where more modest Twitterers can purchase 500 followers for 13, while those truly seeking to aggrandise themselves can buy 200,000 fans for 79.

THE MOST FOLLOWED

Lady Gaga (28,836,580)

Justin Bieber (27,176,769)

Katy Perry (25,678,355)

Rihanna (24,865,252)

Britney Spears (19,829,227)

Mervyn Barrett, candidate for the post of Lincolnshire police commissioner, had just 330 followers in June.

Now he boasts more than 16,000.

Most are fake, but Mr Barrett said he had no part in buying them and a source blamed ‘an over-enthusiastic supporter’.

Last year, Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich was accused of buying 80 per cent of his followers.

You may be able to buy online popularity, but mercifully, you still can’t buy votes.