Twitter users gain free tool to identify fake followers

Socialbakers says its tool can determine what percentage of your Twitter faithful are fake, inactive or good

By John P. Mello Jr., PC World |  Unified Communications, social network security risk, Twitter

Twitter users interested in finding out how many of their followers are fake now have a free tool to aid them in their investigation.

A social media analytics company called Socialbakers is offering Fakefollowers, a free tool that the company says will determine what percentage of your Twitter faithful are fake, inactive or good.

Fakefollowers is a cinch to use. You simply type in your Twitter account name and click the virtual button labeled "check."

Before doing that though, you should choose whether you want to follow Socialbakers on Twitter. You do that by checking or unchecking a box below the "check my account" field. The default value for the box is "follow."

After clicking the check button, you'll be taken to a screen that informs you what the app will be able to do if you authorize it to access your account. For example, it will be able to read tweets from your timeline, see who you follow and follow new people, update a profile and post tweets to you.

The app won't access your direct messages or see your Twitter password.

After authorizing Fakefollowers to access your Twitter account, it will present you with stats on your followers -- how many are fake or empty, inactive or good. I was relieved to discover that most of my followers were good (87%) and that very few (2%) were fake or empty.

According to Socialbakers, if from zero to 20% of your followers are fake, your account is solid and you have nothing to worry about.

If your fake or empty followers score is in the 20 to 50% range, caution is in order. However, if you have a large number of followers, racking up a score in that range can be expected.

A fake or empty score in the 50 to 70% bracket is a cause for concern, and a score more than 70% suggests that your account has been compromised, and it may be time to create a new one.

Socialbakers identifies fake or empty accounts based on a number of criteria. They include:


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