About a year and a half ago, I went through a phase where I want­ed lots of Twit­ter fol­low­ers imme­di­ate­ly. The meth­ods I was using were bring­ing me results, but it was slow. Plus, I didn’t feel I had the time I need­ed to build my account prop­er­ly.

So, I bought 10,000 Twit­ter fol­low­ers.

I don’t have those fol­low­ers any­more, but the expe­ri­ence gave me some valu­able lessons. I want to share those lessons with you.

I don’t recall how I came across the ad for 10,000 Twit­ter fol­low­ers for $25, but the com­pa­ny promised me high qual­i­ty, engag­ing fol­low­ers with­in 48 hours and they offered a sat­is­fac­tion guar­an­tee. I fig­ured it was a good deal, so I went for it.

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As soon as I pur­chased their plan, the fol­low­ers start­ed com­ing in. I received all the fol­low­ers with­in hours, and they actu­al­ly totalled over 11,000. Sweet, I got an extra 1,000 fol­low­ers!

I decid­ed to check on engage­ment the next day, and I noticed a few things that were fishy.

I wasn’t see­ing increased engage­ment, so I decid­ed to look at the fol­low­ers. While I was check­ing on the new Twit­ter accounts that had fol­lowed me, I noticed the fol­low­ing:

  • They each had around 50 fol­low­ers
  • They had bios copied from oth­er Twit­ter accounts
  • They didn’t inter­act with oth­er Twit­ter accounts; they only broad­cast­ed
  • The user­names all had num­bers in them
  • They each tweet­ed out 5 tweets at a time in 3-day inter­vals

These led me to believe these were fake accounts.

Because the com­pa­ny offered a sat­is­fac­tion guar­an­tee, I decid­ed to con­tact them about a refund. I heard noth­ing. I con­tact­ed them again when I hadn’t heard any­thing after 2 weeks. Still noth­ing.

Luck­i­ly, I paid for the pack­age using Pay­pal, so I con­tact­ed Pay­pal about it. With­in an hour, I received a full refund.

By this point, Twit­ter noticed the accounts were all fake and delet­ed them, and my fol­low­er count dropped.

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I learned valu­able lessons from that expe­ri­ence:

  1. Some com­pa­nies lie about their prod­ucts.
  2. If some­thing sounds too good to be true, it is.
  3. Noth­ing replaces hard work for build­ing fol­low­ers.

Have you pur­chased Twit­ter fol­low­ers? Share your expe­ri­ence in the com­ments below.

About Kim Siever

I am a copy­writer and copy­ed­i­tor. I blog on writ­ing tips most­ly, but I some­times throw in my thoughts about run­ning a small busi­ness.

Fol­low me on Twit­ter at @hotpepper.

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