Are Followers Real on Rahul Gandhi’s New Twitter Handle?

Congress President Rahul Gandhi. Photo: Congress
Congress President Rahul Gandhi. Photo: Congress

Specialized companies openly sell social media follower profiles which are not real supporters of the account holder.

By Rakesh Raman

The president of the Congress party Rahul Gandhi announced today that he will now use a new Twitter handle @RahulGandhi. His earlier account @OfficeOfRG on the micro-blogging site has been discontinued.

“For those of you who missed it, my Twitter handle has changed from 9 am this morning to @RahulGandhi,” he tweeted. “The @OfficeOfRG account has been discontinued.”

Rahul Gandhi also has appealed to social media users that should interact with him on Twitter and other platforms.

Currently, Rahul Gandhi has nearly 6 million followers on Twitter. Although people boast about the number of their social media followers, most of these followers are fake.

In fact, you can buy social media – including Twitter – followers at the rate of peanuts from the online follower suppliers.

[ Twitter Followers: Barack Obama = 100 Million, Donald Trump = Only 48 Million ]

Specialized companies openly sell social media follower profiles which are not real supporters of the account holder. They only appear as a number on the user profile – like 6M (6 million) on Rahul Gandhi’s @RahulGandhi Twitter profile or 41M on Narendra Modi’s Twitter account @narendramodi or 13M on Arvind Kejriwal’s account @ArvindKejriwal.

In India, if you have to buy fake Twitter followers, the prevailing rate is less than 1 rupee for each follower. If you have to buy, say, 1,000 followers, it will cost you just Rs. 800. With a little more search, you can find even cheaper deals.

These fake followers are not real people. The follower sellers create these fake profiles and sell them to users at very cheap rates. You should never get impressed by the number of followers on a social media account.

There are digital media experts who can do qualitative analysis of a particular account to reveal the real popularity of the account holder.

By Rakesh Raman, who is a government’s National award-winning journalist. He had been associated with the United Nations (UN) through United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) as a digital media expert to help businesses use technology for brand marketing and business development. He also runs a free school for deserving children under his NGO – RMN Foundation.

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