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I think people get consumed with the fact that buying fans or followers gives them presumed authority. They take the Derek Sivers approach to the extreme when trying to "start a movement". http://www.ted.com/talks/derek_sivers_how_to_start_a_movement.html
The thing I like about your post is the fact you mention that it comes down to hard work and actuall connection. Sure you can buy fans or followers to look like youre the bees knees, but how often are those people going to interact with you? Social media is about engagement and it take real humans for that to occur. ( unless its the Call and Oates hotline)
I agree Social Media thrives on engagement. You can't engage with a fake fanbase. What do you think?
Praverb...for sure it does. Buying fans/followers is like marketing to robots. How many robots do you know of that buy your service/product? When you have real followers, which takes a damn long time to cultivate, you then have sales people, brand ambassadors, and street team. This is hand down the most powerful form of marketing...engaging real people that is.
As a website which ranks for "buy twitter followers" we hold the same stance when it comes to purchasing tweets.
Buying fans, subscribers and followers make absolutely NO sense if they don't make your community alive!