A former aide to former House speaker Newt Gingrich, a candidate for the 2012 Republican nomination, has come out and said that most of Newt’s followers on Twitter are fake.
Gingrich likes to gloat about the fact that he has over 1.3 million followers on Twitter, which is more than Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney, and Ron Paul.
Well, now, information has been leaked by the staffer that 90% of his Twitter followers may be fake.
The former staffer from Gingrich’s campaign has told the website Gawker that Gingrich hires companies which “procure Twitter followers for people who are shallow/insecure/unpopular enough to pay for them.”
“About 80 percent of those accounts are inactive or are dummy accounts created by various ‘follow agencies.’ Another 10 percent are real people who are part of a network of folks who follow others back and are paying for followers themselves,” the former aide added. “The remaining 10 percent may, in fact, be real, sentient people who happen to like Newt Gingrich.”
Gingrich even mentioned the size of his Twitter following during a meeting with the editorial board of the Marietta Daily Journal in Marietta, Georgia on Sunday. He also complained about the media coverage of his campaign.
“I have six times as many Twitter followers as all the other candidates combined, but it didn’t count because if it counted I’d still be a candidate; since I can’t be a candidate that can’t count,” Gingrich said on Sunday.
Gingrich’s former aide said it is clear just by looking at the list of followers that Gingrich has on Twitter that many are fake as they “have odd usernames and no profile photos, which has to do with the fact that they were mass generated.”
If this is true, I wouldn’t be surprised. The media has already been giving Gingrich’s campaign bad press since the beginning, and this just shows that it is time to drop out and returning to trying to help get Republicans get elected around the country. If the aide is right, Gingrich would really be hurting.
(Credit to Newsmax for the info.)