However, it turns out the numbers are inflated. The Daily Mail, a UK middle-market tabloid, reports that only 44% of her Twitter minions are actual real people. The report is based on a study of her Twitter account which revealed that at most only 1.6 million of the 3.6 million people she touts actually use the service. The report also stated that at least 15% or 540,000 of her Twitter followers are fake. The remaining 1.5 million show no activity whatsoever and likewise do not count as a “real” followers. At the same time, there is ample evidence that a number of her Facebook likes were bought and paid for. Clinton is in Iowa this week calling on the need to eliminate corruption in politics according to media outlets. She has not commented on the story regarding her fake Twitter followers, which doesn’t surprise Paul Mathieson.
In the United States, Twitter has become a bastion for left wing and liberal minded individuals. It is a logical extension of Barrack Obama’s successful use of the social networking site to capture the presidency back in 2008. As such, it behooves any candidate, especially Democrats, to establish a strong presence in Twitter. For Hillary Clinton, a large following in Twitter is yet another sign of the health and strength of her campaign juggernaut. Thus far, Mrs. Clinton touts over 3.6 million followers on Twitter. While that is only a fraction of what entertainers such as Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, and Beyoncé maintain, it is a respectable number for a politician.