Bangalore: Recently Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi made headlines as his Twitter account touched one million followers. He tweeted, "A million followers! These are not mere numbers but it signifies your love and affection. Heartfelt thanks to you all".
Modi began using Twitter in 2009 and in 2010 he had one lakh followers. In November last year, he had four lakh followers. However, his following on Twitter in the last few months increased massively.
Modi is known to be an internet- savvy. He is quite frequent on social platforms like Twitter and blogs in order to make political statements. He is one of the most active politicians when it comes to social media platforms.Makers of the internet tool, who launched this tool to expose fake users of personalities on Twitter, say that almost all Twitter accounts have a tiny percentage of false followers, partially due to the fact that unlike Facebook, any user can follow another on Twitter. Further, they say that globally personalities and brands get fake following in order to increase their importance among colleagues.
It was noted that Congress leaders Arjun Modhwadia and Shaktisinh Gohil also have 5 percent and 14 percent fake followers, respectively.
Communication expert Alyque Padamsee said "A celebrity's or politician's popularity is measured with their followers on social networking sites which might lure many to get fake followers. Like other forms of corruption, activists should also expose such fake followers because this misleads public," as reported by The Economic Times.
Although these politicians may not have paid for getting fake followers, there are companies on the web who offer services to get fake followers.
However, a BJP spokesperson said that it's Modi's development agenda is what is being endorsed across the world and that has got the huge following.