LeAnn Rimes bought herself 100K Twitter followers?

LeAnn Rimes bought herself 100K Twitter followers?

LeAnn Rimes

Ever since LeAnn Rimes reinvented herself as a feud-starting social media user, most of (if not her entire) career has hinged on her Twitter meltdowns and rants. So basically, she’s a professional fifteen-year-old now. Dream big! Anyway, RadarOnline did some digging and found out that LeAnn somehow earned herself 100,000 Twitter followers in the space of a couple days, most of whom appear to be bots. As it turns out, LeAnn may or may not have just bought herself a bunch of followers so that her arbitrary number would be higher than someone else’s arbitrary number.

Typically Twitter users can gain a large number of followers if they in turn follow a large number back, but it appears LeAnn has only increased the number of people she follows this month by about 50 — nowhere near the 100,000 followers she gained. Also telling, is that a lot of LeAnn’s new followers have the nondescript and generic profile photo of an egg and have no followers themselves, as “Twitter bots” usually don’t, a social media expert told Radar. “Tell tale sign of someone buying followers is a big spike followed by a big unfollowing. #LeannRimes has dropped 10,000 after buying spree!” user @lindami77281989 wrote on Sunday.

Here’s the thing that gets me: A lot of people will look at this and go, “oh honey, no.” But how many other Twitter users out there generally dismiss others based on how many followers they have? The problem here is that we’ve qualified how “good” someone is based on how many fake Internet friends they have. You can be an asshole, an idiot, or even a total sh!thead, but as long as you have a lot of people to hang out with it’s a-okay! HIGH SCHOOL WILL NEVER END!

Jeremy Feist is an (ahem) entertainer from Toronto, Canada. He writes, acts, and performs on stage, and has been a writer for Popbytes for almost three years now. He lives in Toronto with his boyfriend, his incredibly dumb but cute puppy, and his immortal cat.