Are your Twitter followers real or fake?

(Associated Press)

(Associated Press)

You have a ton of Twitter followers – or at least that’s your ambition – yet you’re unsure all of them are the real deal. What do you do?

CNET has stumbled upon an app that lets you know the percentage of your followers that are “fake”, “inactive” or “good.”

The Fake Follower Check is designed by StatusPeople, which takes a sample of up to 500 of your followers to come up with its results. StatusPeople told CNET that Twitter accounts with 10,000 or fewer followers have the most accurate results.

The service, however, can’t actually name the accounts that are either fake or inactive, allowing you to delete spammers, but it says it’s working on a spam removal tool.

I tried it on my new account, @christoseward, and found that 2 percent of followers are fake, 2 percent are inactive and 96 percent are good. StatusPeople notes that you can also use the Fake Follower Check to find out how many of your friends’ followers are legit.

Just in case you’re wondering, the top accounts followed on Twitter are 1. Lady Gaga with 28.3 million followers, 2. Justin Bieber 26.5 million, 3. Katy Perry 25 million, 4. Rihanna 24.2 million, and 5. Britney Spears 19.4 million, according to twitaholic.com.

Most people with Twitter accounts seek as many followers as possible. How important is it to you that your followers are the real deal, or does it matter, just as long as they follow?

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