Is Obama Inflating the Number of His Twitter Followers?

Who says investigative journalism is dead? Not so, my friends. I woke up this morning to a pretty big bombshell in my inbox. Namely, accusations from Australian researchers that—sit down for this—President Obama may be faking his number of Twitter followers. As of press time, POTUS has just over 4.5 million folks hanging on his every tweet. But citing nothing except “substantial evidence,” this team of gumshoe researchers with new-media hub uSocial.net claim that the president is artificially increasing his popularity. For what reason? They don't say. But it makes sense. As the president’s approval hovers around 46 percent, the West Wing has clearly turned to the Twittersphere to regain its base. To the pundits who claim Obama has lost his mojo, executive staffers have always been able to retort, “Well, have you seen how many followers we’ve got on Twitter?” End of discussion.

The White House would not comment on the allegations, but only because I declined to ask. In the administration’s defense, however, Obama’s not the only one who has some 'splainin' to do as the world awaits answers. The researchers, who clearly have too much spare time, also point the finger at British P.M. David Cameron, as well as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Britney Spears, and—no!—Justin Bieber for “artificially-inflated follower numbers.”

We've put our team of aces on this. Stay tuned.

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