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10 Easy Ways To Spot a Fake Twitter Account Instantly
August 27, 2022

10 Easy Ways To Spot a Fake Twitter Account Instantly

Not surprisingly, some reports say that there are as many as 20 million fake Twitter accounts. With a reported 500 million registered users, that comes out to roughly 4% of all Twitter accounts being fake (bots).

  1. They usually dont upload profile photo
  2. No Bio. An empty Twitter bio is almost a dead giveaway that the profile you are looking at is a dud. This underutilized real estate is key to informing your followers (or potential followers) who you are and what you’re about. Skipping over this is typically a sign of not only laziness, but a tell-tale sign the account is almost certainly fake.
  3. Excessive Duplicate Tweets
  4. Has Not Tweeted in Years
  5. Follows 2,001 People 

Twitter has limits on certain things you can do. For example, how many people you can follow. This limit is set to 2,000. Once you follow 2,001 people, you must have at least 2,000 people following you back before you can exceed the 2,001 limit.

A common limitation of bots is that they are not smart enough to manage their following restrictions to get around this limitation. Therefore, many fake accounts get stuck on following 2,001 users.

Once an account gets past the 2,001 following limitation, then I believe the unwritten rule is that you can follow 10% more than are following you. So if your account has 2,000 users following it, then theoretically you can follow approximately 2,200 users.

6. No Interaction With Others 

Accounts that show no signs of interaction with others are often fake accounts. Social media is meant to be a two-way conversation. Those accounts who simply do not interact with others is often a sign of a bot account.

The quick way to find out if there is interaction with other users is to simply view recent tweets by the user. If you can see that within their last 20-30 tweets there are no @replies or retweets, chances are the account you are looking at is automated/fake.

7. No or Low Follower Counts

8. An Unrealistic Amount of Tweets