Investigations into Conservative chairman Grant Shapps’ Twitter account reveals that he regularly follows large numbers of accounts and unfollows them if they do not follow back in order to have a perceived large following.
Analysis of his account shows that a large increase in followers is shortly followed by a large decrease. The former UK housing minister has a list of unusual followers from distant counties, which include a bee keeping project in Morocco, sparking debate about the authenticity of his account.
There are some Twitter users who use software that automatically follows a set number in the hope that they will follow back and boost the number of followers. Shapps, who has over 55,000 followers said that he “Generally, thought it polite to follow folks back.”