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.
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.
I learned valuable lessons from that experience:
- Some companies lie about their products.
- If something sounds too good to be true, it is.
- Nothing replaces hard work for building followers.
Have you purchased Twitter followers? Share your experience in the comments below.
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