Just yesterday, New York City Council speaker and current mayoral candidate Christine Quinn’s Twitter account had about 3,400 followers. At the time of this writing, Quinn has 24,492 followers, which is roughly 10,000 more than Anthony Weiner.

City&State noticed some commonalities among Quinn’s new followers:

[A] surprising number of those new followers have a total of 0 tweets issued from their account and either 0 or 1 followers. Indeed, one need only scroll down past the top 10 or so followers on the account to find that nearly all of Quinn’s new followers have virtually the same profile: 0 tweets, 46 or 47 following, and 0 or 1 followers.

Beyond the sudden shared interest in Quinn’s campaign, these followers have other commonalities as well. For instance, their Twitter handles are virtually identical, despite their diverse names and photos: for example, there are Mary DeBoos (@deecohunk0106), Sergio Andres (@deecohunk0105), Tiffany Stone (@deecohunk0104), Quy Sin (@deecohunk0102), Osmany Adrian (@deecohunk0100), Mukhtar Bako (@deecohunk0099), Nick Afriza (@deecohunk0098), et cetera, ad infinitum.

Quinn’s campaign didn’t deny that they are dummy follows, but her campaign spokesman did deny having anything to do with it:

Every once in a while the “Dummy Twitter Follow Fairy” just gets in an unsolicited charitable mood.

  • DV S1EOG

    They like fake followers like they like fake voters

    • CatHerder

      Or dead ones.

      • Jeremy

        Yeah Benedict Arnold is a coveted vote for them.

  • RblDiver

    ePenis envy?

  • Bemani Dog

    All you have to do is go to StatusPeople, and you’ll see that 84% of @Quinn4NY’s followers are FAKE.

    • CryingGlitterEagle

      Interesting. It says 31% of Michelle Malkin’s followers are fake.

      • mike_in_kosovo

        72% of Zero’s followers are fake or inactive – did you have a point?

        • CryingGlitterEagle

          And 69% of Malkin’s followers are fake or inactive. Did you have a point?

          • mike_in_kosovo

            Aside: Does anyone *else* imagine that ginalou has this song playing on loop, as much as she posts about MM? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIs5StN8J-0

            Actually, I’ve seen stats showing 60 genuine for Malkin as opposed to just under 50 genuine for Zero.

            Got a link for *your* stuff, since you’ve been proven to provide false info in the past?

            (Edit: struck out ‘false info’, had ginalou mistaken with another commenter. My apologies.)

          • CryingGlitterEagle

            Here you go.

          • mike_in_kosovo

            Twitter Audit Report
            Michelle [email protected]
            295,621 Real
            193,818 Fake

            Audit score
            View auditTweet this

          • CryingGlitterEagle

            And what false info have I provided in the past, hmm?

          • mike_in_kosovo

            Sorry – had you mixed up with someone else in that regard.

          • CryingGlitterEagle

            Also, our numbers are virtually the same. Twitter Audit doesn’t include inactives; only fake accounts.

          • CryingGlitterEagle

            Apology accepted. Thanks.

          • svobodnik


          • svobodnik

            Boston sucks. You’re not “strong” – you’re panty-wearing men who hide behind women.

          • svobodnik

            81% of Bill Gates’ followers are fake or inactive.
            72% of Barack Obama’s followers are fake or inactive.

            Did you have a point???

          • TheOriginalDonald

            What % of The Squire LeFLOP James’ followers are as fake as his diving?

    • Sam

      71% of Rachel Maddow’s followers are fake or inactive.

    • Sam

      71% of Rachel Maddow’s followers are fake or inactive.

    • GaryTheBrave

      They charge $8.99/mo. You pay $9.00 every month just to find out how many followers are fake?

      • Bemani Dog

        Actually you can find that out for free. They charge for deeper analytics, but the fake follower scan is free.

  • syvyn11

    So this is like twitter Viagra?

  • stuckinIL4now

    Could Weiner have any kind other than “dummy” followers?

  • https://twitter.com/deseeded tombee

    Please, just let New York burn.

  • Gordon

    Don’t laugh. They will all manage to cast votes in true Democratic party fashion.

  • tjp77

    As a resident of NYC, dare I say that I’d rather have Weiner as mayor than Quinn?

    Ugh, the prospect of either one is enough to make me want to look for a job in Dallas. But there is literally no republican challenger who has a shot in hell.