Twitter is a real-time social network that allows you to communicate with people in 140 characters or less. Twitter gives you the ability to follow or be followed by other Twitter accounts in an asynchronous manner.
This means that if you follow a specific Twitter account they don’t necessarily need to follow you back in order for you to see their tweet stream.
Whilst most Twitter accounts have been set up and are managed by legitimate individuals or businesses, due to the open nature of Twitter it is possible for someone to set up a “fake” or “spam” Twitter account.
In fact, by some measures there are over 20 million fake accounts on Twitter!
It is even possible to pay to have a collection of fake accounts follow you to boost the perception of your popularity on Twitter....