Updated: 02/24/2014 6:10 AM
Created: 02/23/2014 5:29 PM KSTP.com
By: Nick Winkler
5 EYEWITNESS NEWS audited high profile politicians in Minnesota and found they have thousands of fake twitter followers.
For instance, approximately 6,000 of Governor Mark Dayton's twitter followers are not real.
We checked and candidates for the Republican nominee for Governor have fake followers as well.
The tool we used, www.twitteraudit.com, gives each a positive thumbs up rating though, indicating the fake followers are not likely a fraudulent or dishonest attempt to inflate their online popularity.
However, purchasing fake followers is something often considered.
Jennifer Kane, a social media consultant, says companies routinely consider quickly increasing their followings.
People often make snap judgments based on the number of twitter followers.
However, Kane warns buying fake followers will not likely help you achieve your goals or generate a return on investment.