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How to find how many Twitter fake followers you have

technologyEdward KiledjianComment
Image by  Patrik Nygren  used under Creative Commons License

Image by Patrik Nygren used under Creative Commons License

When web placement was paid per click or per view, Twitter importance was measured by the number of followers you had. Those days are long gone because modern tech savvy social media users understand that engagement is the ultimate measure.

In some cases, people bought Twitter followers to make themselves look  better but there are times when those fake followers are added by bots. Why? Because many people automatically follow back all of their followers and these SPAM accounts get a decent following quickly.

Fakers App

The first tool is an online service called the Fakers App.  This app allows you to identify how many fake or empty accounts follow you. Better yet, they can perform this same magic on competitors or service providers trying to sell you on their HUGE social media following.

Head over to the webpage (link)

Click on the Connect to Twitter button

Authorize the app to connect to your twitter account. Then let it do its magic

In my case only 3% of my followers are fake. 46% are inactive which isn't surprising knowing how most registered Twitter users rarely tweet. You can use the search box to check this info for someone else

TwitterAudit

TwitterAudit (link)  is another interesting tool that takes a 5,000 follower sample from your account and then creates a follower value score by looking at the ratio of followers to following, number of tweets, date of last tweet, etc.

It creates some interesting graphs:

Conclusion

You'll notice that the stats provided by each site aren't perfectly aligned but they are close. The Inactive status of the Fakers App isn't too valuable for me considering most people sign up and spend most of their time on twitter lurking. 

Ultimately less than 3% (in both cases) of my followers are fake. What about you?

 

The Goophone Samsung Galaxy S5 knockoff available

technologyEdward KiledjianComment
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The creative and hardworking team at Goophone have managed to clone the Samsung Galaxy S5 in about 2 days. What did Goophone name this clone/copy/tip-off/fake? They called it the Goophone S5. 

It comes with

  • a 5" 1920x1080 screen
  • 2GHz octa-core MediaTek processor
  • GSM, WCDMA (HSUPA, HSDPA)
  • 2GB RAM
  • 2800mAh battery
  • 13 megapixel read camera
  • 5 megapixel front camera
  • Available in white, black, gold and blue
  • Dual-SIM card slots
  • Android 4.2 (with Google Play)

All of this for only $299.

You can buy your very own Goophone now from their site directly (link)

Is faux skin mini furniture art?

GeneralEdward KiledjianComment

Strange and disturbing was my reaction when I saw pictures of this mini furniture covered in faux (fake) human skin. There is a visceral reaction of fear and disgust when you see something covered in what looks like human skin.

To be clean, this is all fake material made to look like skin but still… it is disturbing. Why would anyone consider this art?

Source: here.  

 

Counterfeit USB chargers on eBay may be dangerous

technologyEdward Kiledjian1 Comment

 

In the age of electronic everything, most of us need a couple of chargers to get through the day (one in the car, one at home and one at work). Do you really need to spend $20 for an Apple charger or will a $5 look-a-like device from eBay perform just as well?

Ken Sheriff has written an interesting review about USB chargers and provides a clear scientific explanation as to why those cheaper ones may not be such a good deal afterall. His analysis considers efficiency, power stability, power quality, and power output.

Devices he tested include include major brands such as Apple, HP and Samsung. It includes secondary manufacturers like Belkin, Monoprice and KMS. Last but not least, it includes some counterfeit products that look like the real thing but are anything but.

He recommends buying original chargers from reputable stores and skipping the cheap often fake ebay products. He explains how the fakes provide dirty power which can he dangerous for the health of your device and you.

I had a similar counterfeit experience on eBay I wrote about here. If something is too good to be true, it probably is fake.