There’s a common misconception in the field of social media: that having a huge number of followers means every single one of them is genuine. Or, if there are fake accounts among these, this is still a good thing.
Actually, no, it’s not. It’s unhealthy for your social media presence and an absolute death to your engagement rate. In this article I’ll be focusing on Twitter – and how to get of fake Twitter followers that pollute your social media profile. But first let’s elaborate why are they harmful to you.
How can you check if a Twitter profile is fake?
As I mentioned beforehand, having too much fake Twitter followers will reduce your social media credibility. Engagement rate will plummet and people will wonder why with, let’s say 20k followers, you’re getting 1 or 2 retweets and only several favorites. It makes a very, very bad impression and even risks your account being deleted.
To add to the bunch, you are easily exposed to unwanted spam or might even become a victim of phishing attempts. All in all, this type of followers must have one thing to do with you: to prompt you to black and remove every single one of them.
How can you recognize a fake Twitter follower?
Most of the time they lack a profile picture, are not active at Twitter at all and have many people who they are following…but no one is actually following them. A totally dead social media profile that is a dummy, in other words.
Now that we’ve got that cleared, let’s see how to get rid of these fake Twitter followers.
If you decide to get rid of fake Twitter followers manually, that’s your choice. However, it will take a lot of efforts and it can still be prone to errors. This is why the best way to block your fake followers on Twitter is to use some specialized apps.
Riding the “fake” terminology, there is the Fakers App. This software courtesy of Status People, allows you to monitor your followers. Spam accounts, fakers and possible empty profiles are monitored and presented to you so you can block any fake followers.
Firing up the Fakers App is straightforward: click the Connect to Twitter button and start your journey of removing unwanted Twitter followers. Keep in mind that if you have a greater number of followers the monitoring process might take a while.
Nevertheless, in the end you will have cleared up your Twitter followers list.
The last choice of the three apps I’m recommending is TwitterAudit. TwitterAudit is absolutely great for bigger accounts because, in contrast with FakeFollowers, it gets a rather large sample of your followers. By large I mean a staggering 5000!
Again, the app follows a strict algorithm that measures each profile and present a score corresponding to the monitoring process. The algorith involves keeping track of the followers to following ratio, tweet history (as in, the number of tweets present in the profile), and the last tweet that the account has actually put out on social media.
Just click on the Run an Audit button, allow access to your Twitter account, and you’re set.
Thus the list of the top 3 apps you can use to remove fake Twitter followers is complete. You might want to test out all of them to see which works for you best. But please, make sure that you get ride of your fake followers on Twitter as soon as possible. As I opened up the article with, keeping many of these is detrimental to your social media presence and engagement.