Across the internet, Click Farms have been enabling people across the world to purchase a following on Facebook, Twitter and other social-media sites.
While not illegal, Click Farms are frowned upon, and can be seen as “cheating” to those trying to network a name for their business or self.
While Twitter and Facebook monitor these fraudulent accounts, it is impossible to track down all of the fakes.
Those in the entertainment industry are most likely to use the tool – where image is important and the more people appear to know your name, the more others want to join in.
Certain sites sell thousands, even millions of followers. One site My Fox Carolinas talked to will provide 10,000 Twitter followers and 1,000 Facebook “Likes” for $50.
One problem – they’re not real people following. In fact, the site My Fox Carolinas talked to is merely a third-party that works with a group in India that has software to earn all of those followers with one click.
The source, wishing to be unnamed, has averaged making $700-1,000 a day while putting in just two hours of work – usually at the desk of the bank he works at.
Easy money for a middle man just collecting money from those wanting to appear popular.