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Obama's Twitter deception

Posted Aug 24, '12 at 1:46pm

Tactical_Fish

Tactical_Fish

414 posts

So I was just listening to El Rushbo, and heard that Obama has about 19 million Twitter followers, but a new web tool has determined that about 70% of those followers are fake. Here is the original New York Times article, the USA Today article, and an example of a website that sells followers (Web of Trust gave it a poor safety rating). Now, I'm not suggesting that Romney isn't buying followers either, even though he has only about 900,000 followers, but isn't this obvious deception of the American people? If Obama will lie about his number of Twitter followers, doesn't it seem likely that he will (and has) lie(d) about other, more important issues?
Thoughts, opinions, and snack ideas are all welcome.

 

Posted Aug 24, '12 at 2:11pm

HahiHa

HahiHa

5,033 posts

Knight

First off.. bleh. It's sick that people are judged/think they're judged on things like social platform fanbases and the like.

Now I'd make sure that it was indeed Obama who bought those followers or if his consultants talked him into it. Then, I'm pretty sure every politician does that, which makes every politician a hypocritic who criticises Obama for that.

It doesn't make it less stupid of course; but that won't change anything for me, honestly.

 

Posted Aug 24, '12 at 2:17pm

Tactical_Fish

Tactical_Fish

414 posts

Then, I'm pretty sure every politician does that, which makes every politician a hypocritic who criticises Obama for that.

Yes, but the point is that he is so obviously lying right in our faces, why do people trust him? It is stupid to think that you are judged by Twitter, but he is just flat out lying.
From the USA Today article:

Both campaigns have denied buying Twitter followers.

 

Posted Aug 24, '12 at 2:24pm

HahiHa

HahiHa

5,033 posts

Knight

Is that webtool 100% trustworthy? Who made that analysis? Who cares if both are flat out lying? Eh, gotta read the articles I guess..

 

Posted Aug 24, '12 at 2:26pm

partydevil

partydevil

5,097 posts

buying followers happens all the time.
most company's buy their 1st 5000 followers to make people think that there are more people who follow them.
and to make it come up higher in search engines.

buying over 10million followers is kinda over doing it. xD
but that happens all the time during the usa elections.

 

Posted Aug 24, '12 at 2:41pm

aknerd

aknerd

1,276 posts

First of all...
Find me one major politician that doesn't have any fake followers. And I bet every campaign denies buying fake followers. So, therefore, your argument works equally well against every politician. So... yeah. Not really a big deal. Its like complaining that Obama is a mere mortal.

Secondly,
The article states that the campaigns deny BUYING fake followers, not that they deny having fake followers. It is entirely possible that these fake accounts followed Obama without being paid. I mean, according to the article Obama would still have WAY more followers than Romney without his fake followers, even if you allowed Romney to keep his. So, "Buying" followers doesn't really help the campaign that much, and just serves as a potential source for backlash.

And what exactly is the deception supposed to be here? That Obama isn't quite as popular as we thought he might be? Did you even know how many followers he had before reading this article? What I care about more, is that if did buy these followers, where did the money come from? This seems like an awful waste of money.

 

Posted Aug 24, '12 at 3:05pm

Bladerunner679

Bladerunner679

1,343 posts

1.THIS is one of the reasons I think twitter is one of the most overrated things to ever happen on the internet.

2.only mr.limbaugh (as we know him, the sexist man who called ms. fluke a ****t) and his followers would listen, or even care, about this really dull story. I can hear him right now "I"m going to take something really minor about obama's life and blow it up to the size of a hot air balloon. I'm going to make a mountain out of this molehill." this just shows how petty some conservatives are these days.

3. why do you care? I'm pretty sure romney has fake followers as well, maybe even a higher percentage of them are fake (let's face it, he isn't the most glamourous man around). IT'S NOT A BIG DEAL!

-Blade

 

Posted Aug 24, '12 at 3:24pm

zakyman

zakyman

1,588 posts

Yup. Because lying about hit twitter followers is the same as saying, "Hey, I'm not gonna nuke Russia!" and then turning around and pressing the launch button. It's a complete non-issue that doesn't deserve media attention.

As for snack ideas, I'd say original Doritos

 

Posted Aug 24, '12 at 4:58pm

Kalb789

Kalb789

658 posts

I don't think lying on twitter means you're lying about things that are of national interest...

 

Posted Aug 25, '12 at 6:10am

Jefferysinspiration

Jefferysinspiration

3,138 posts

I don't think it's a massive deal in the slightest. It happens.
I don't associate twitter accounts of politics with them since they actually don't tweet - someone does for them. I mean Obama is following my friend in Ireland on twitter. How'd that happen? No idea.

 
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