Every once in a while, you read something that makes your head spin. For me, it was that Kendall and Kylie Jenner, half sisters to Kim Kardashian and reality TV personalities in Keeping up with the Kardashians have written a novel, which is due out on June 3rd in hard cover and ebook. It’s called Rebels: City of Indra: The Story of Lex and Livia (In keeping with over-the-top Kardashian/Jenner clan, two subtitle colons must have seemed better than just one).
The publisher describes the book as:
“…a thrilling dystopian story about two super-powered girls who embark on a journey together."
"Two cities… Two girls… A shared destiny… In a world of the far future, the great city of Indra has two faces: a beautiful paradise floating high in the sky, and a nightmare world of poverty carved into tunnels beneath the surface of the earth…a gripping tale of air, fire, and a bond of blood."
We know which world the Jenners live in. It must have taken serious research for them to have written the "nightmare world of poverty" part of the novel. I am eagerly awaiting the reviews. Regardless of any negative feedback, the book will become a bestseller as soon as Kendall tweets the pub date to her 7.9 million Twitter followers.
And What About Those Twitter Followers?
Seven-point-nine mil is a lot of followers. I have a Twitter account but I haven’t learned how to use it effectively. I enjoy reading links to articles posted by people I follow but I rarely tweet, nor do I know how to respond to people who tweet me. All those hashtags seem like a foreign language (#hablaTwitter). My cluelessness does not attract many followers. That’s why I was intrigued when I came across an article recently published in the Los Angeles Times titled "Mining Twitter gold, at five bucks a pop" by Gilad Lotan.
While researching the mystique of Twitter followers, data scientist Lotan found “… a lively Internet business in selling followers — specially created fake accounts on Twitter or other social networking sites that were set up by enterprising businesspeople specifically to bump up follower numbers for people willing to pay.”
He conducted an experiment by purchasing a few followers for himself. To find sellers, all he had to do was Google “purchase Twitter followers” and a broad array of options opened before him. For five bucks he purchased 4,000 followers, most of which were fake accounts. Soon, most of the fake followers disappeared but in the meantime his elevated numbers attracted the attention of real followers, until his real followers grew from the original 2,600 to 12,000.
As an experiment, I followed his lead and Googled “purchase Twitter followers.” My search revealed this: "Kendall Jenner: Reality Star Accused of Buying Twitter Followers; 4.6 Million Online Fans are ‘Fake’?"
I'll sign off now, but you can find me hanging out on Twitter @ #fakeauthors, #fakefollowers, #NightmareWorldofPoverty, #Lex:Livia:Colon:Junkies and #12StepProgramForOverAlliterators.
HAPPY MONDAY! HAPPY JUNE!