I only just became aware of the Status People site, which will quickly tell you how many followers of any Twitter account are good, inactive and fake.
Some enterprising young intern somewhere might take up the challenge of reviewing the faker scores of every education-related Twitterer, but I stopped after getting a sense of what the averages are. About three-quarters of the followers of a typical Twitter account should be “good,” and less than 10% “fake.” The remainder will be “inactive.” Here are a few I checked:
@DianeRavitch – 73% good, 20% inactive, 7% fake
@M_Rhee – 72% good, 24% inactive, 4% fake
@NEAToday – 68% good, 28% inactive, 4% fake
@AFTUnion – 74% good, 20% inactive, 6% fake
@EdVotes – 75% good, 24% inactive, 1% fake
@NEAMedia – 70% good, 26% inactive, 4% fake
Finally, I wanted corroboration of something I wrote about back in February, which was the phony Twitter numbers of @TogetherWeSoar, the organization that appeared from nowhere to battle against proposed charter school laws in Alabama. It currently has 16,610 followers – 2% of whom are good, 57% inactive and 41% fake.