On Sunday, in an interview with the editorial board of the Marietta Daily Journal, GOP presidential candidate and former House speaker Newt Gingrich cited his heavy presence in social media as proof that a media elite has unfairly tarred his candidacy as spurious:
Gingrich referred to a news article that did an analysis of Twitter followers.
“And it says, ‘now it’s true that Gingrich has 1.3 million followers and (Michele) Bachmann only has 59,000, but she’s getting more new people every week.’ It turned out 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. So we’ve been a little bit like a sailing ship in the middle of a hurricane in which we are sailing straight into the teeth of the media, and that slowed us down.”
But this afternoon, gawker.com is suggesting that many of Gingrich’s Twitter followers may be manufactured. The post includes this explanation from a former – and, keep in mind, anonymous – Gingrich campaign worker:
”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 …and the remaining 10 percent may, in fact, be real, sentient people who happen to like Newt Gingrich.”
There’s an easy way to determine whether Gingrich’s 1.3 million followers are real or phantom: Ask all 1.3 million Twitter followers to pony up $1 each, and erase that $1 million campaign.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider