Are President Uhuru followers on Facebook real and genuine?
This question was this afternoon at the centre of an interesting exchange between two social media users allied to the opposition ODM.
One posted that the ODM leader has few followers compared to the president because of lazy social media handlers. This irked the other, who claimed comparing Raila Odinga’s followers to Uhuru is like comparing Kisii banana to the GMO bananas being produced in Australia.
Veteran Kenyan blogger Phil Wesonga even went further to reveal that the presidency may be buying followers using sites likeÂ Buzzoid, Hypez which gets users instant followers on twitter or ‘likes’ on Facebook – something common in western celebrity world.
“How does Uhuru substantively engage with his 1.4million likes on FB when you can easily see up to 75% are fake followers? How much credibility and reputation do you think Raila Odinga risks if there are online tools in the open market capable of pointing out number of fake users in an individual account. There is a huge difference between perceived popularity and actual popularity. Uhuru’s numbers fall in line with Jubilee’s fake tyranny of numbers not backed up by demographic data from NBS”.
President Uhuru has 1.4 million ‘likes’ on his Facebook page. His Deputy, William Ruto, who at one point pulled down his Facebook account, has just over six hundred thousand ‘likes’ on Facebook while the ODM leader has two hundred and sixty thousand followers.
Wesonga says Raila’s online followers are ‘genuine’ while Uhuru is fake in the usual Jubilee fashion of faking the numbers when they don’t add up.
The debate on Fake followers isn’t a new thing in Kenya as another blogger, Robert Alai, has often accused a group of novices on kenyan twitter space who have over 500,000 followers but with little influence in the Kenyan society.
According to a post on DailyMail, the days of fake followers are actually numbered.
“Companies have begun to combat these fake followeings with algorithms that show a blogger’s actual influence – disregarding their number of followers.Â Outrigger Media, for instance, ranks the top beauty bloggers on YouTube according to their consistency, influence and momentum”.
Time may soon catch up with rais if indeed he ‘fakes’ social media following – both on Facebook and Twitter.