Posted August 17, 2009 11:51 am by with 7 comments

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Twitter Bird GoofyWould you pay for more followers on Twitter? Apparently some people would—a few providers have found a way to monetize the popular microblogging site with selling more followers.

uSocial is one such service. For a mere $87, you can get 1000 new Twitter followers. uSocial made headlines recently when they claimed that Michael Jackson’s family bought the late pop star 25,000 more followers after his death. uSocial also claims to strive to match your profile to potential followers‘ interests, and to grow your Twittership over time—a far more organic approach than it sounds like on the surface (admit it—you were thinking they just had thousands of dummy accounts).

But soon, even that seemingly-legit kind of matchmaking may disappear from Twitter. CNET reports that uSocial says Twitter’s gunning for them as spammers.

uSocial issues a press release this morning to say that a brand management firm (MelbourneIT, according to Australian sources) contacted uSocial, concerned about spammy messages the company was sending on Twitter.

I’m sure that many Twitter users will chime in to say just how wrong the practice is—but at the same time, we all want more followers. I would totally understand Twitter taking action against a service using fake profiles to artificially inflate customers’ subscriber counts. While paying someone to find them for you is a shortcut, is it really abusing the system? Or is it worse to accuse uSocial of spamming (when they claim they’re not) and use that as an excuse to shut them down?

What do you think? Should uSocial be allowed to practice its services? Is Twitter using this as an excuse, or is uSocial really spamming?

  • Hi

    i know its wrong what they are doing but i always think of twitter as my second subscriber base and present them with offers and free information just like i do with my list.

    But think of it like this….

    How many companies out there sell double optin mailing lists there are literally millions of them and this is the exact same thing!

    Personally i wouldnt pay a penny for such services as like with my mailing list it is about building a relationship with your customers and if you do this there is no way the relationship will have the ability to generate good sales for you.

    thanks for the post

    .-= Samantha Milner´s last blog ..Expanding your online business =-.

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  • Social Media FAIL (uSocial, that is…)

    “Twitter Followers are Meaningless; Twitter Listeners are Priceless”
    .-= Social Media Commando´s last blog ..100 Ways to Make Cash Money Using Twitter =-.

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  • I can’t believe people pay that kind of money for followers. It’s easy to get followers but getting ones that listen is a different story, you can’t buy those!

  • Ask yourself why people are willing to spend so much money on a service that so many people are certain doesn’t work. And why they come back and spend more money on something that doesn’t work?
    .-= Don Draper´s last blog ..Server Crash =-.

  • “I can’t believe people pay that kind of money for followers. It’s easy to get followers but getting ones that listen is a different story, you can’t buy those!”

    Exactly how I feel Free Wii.

    Finding the followers who actually listen and interact is the hardest part of Twitter. Just like in life, there are no shortcuts to success at the end of the day. Worry about providing value and great content and the rest should take care of itself.