Buying A Twitter Following

Turns out that if you can’t get people interested in your Twitter updates, you can always get a 1000 followers for $87.  Essentially it looks like a way to turn Twitter into yet another opportunity to send you junk mail from advertisers.  (In addition to their attempt to destroy the entire point of Digg and make it, too, just another avenue for the already wealthier to buy more traffic regardless of quality.)

Yes, just as it was with other social networking sites such as StumbleUpon and Digg, web traffic and promotion company uSocial.net says it has had a “massive response” to offering Twitter users “follower packages” if they are having trouble attaining them on their own.

The packages are aimed at businesses and start with 1000 followers ($US87) and range up to 100,000 ($US3479).

From a business point of view, uSocial.net claims each follower is worth “about 10c” to a business.

Last year, uSocial famously received – and ignored – a “cease and desist” order from popular news aggregator Digg for helping clients buy votes on the site and articially boost their stories up the popularity rankings.

About Daniel Fincke

Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.


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