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Oops: 92% of Newt Gingrich's Twitter Fans Are Fake

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Remember how we said only four-fifths of Newt's Twitter fans were fake? About that...

In a follow-up to one of the more relatively mild political scandals we've endured this year, Gawker reports that previous estimates of Newt's Twitter chicanery -- Twitcanery? -- were a tad too kind. Social media analysts at PeekYou have found that only 8% of Newt's Twitter followers are living, breathing human beings.

Yes. 92% of Newt Gingrich's followers are fake.

"We just started running the 2012 candidates' numbers three weeks ago, and when we saw your story, we went back to pull the Gingrich numbers," Josh Mackey, PeekYou's general manager of business and product development, told Gawker. "The huge majority of his followers are either completely anonymous people who have no other web presence, or they are spambots."

Mackey and his team analyzed Newt's 1.3 million followers and crosschecked them on 23 criteria -- name, location, links in their feed, etc. While the average Twitter user has 35% to 60% real followers, Newt's fake accounts are all off the charts. According to Mackey, Newt's had fewer actual followers than they've ever seen.

"When was saw it, we actually had our quality assurance people go over the numbers for two days to doublecheck," he said.

PeekYou ran the numbers for the rest of the potential GOP presidential candidates -- as well as Obama -- and Newt's Twitter numbers are about as bad as his chances at the White House seat.

(See also: Your Facebook Friends Couldn't Care Less About Your Real Birthday and Newt Gingrich Accused of Buying Twitter Fans)

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