Today the New York Times has a feature story called "The Follower Factory" all about how people on social media buy followers. If you are feeling insecure about your follower count, you MUST READ IT! Google it or look at my retweets for the link. I have been saying all along in my #lindasfreeadvice series that people buy followers and likes and that you should not use another person's numbers as any type of guide to success. This article supports that point. The great thing about the article is it shows you what a fake account looks like and how the number of followers a person has and the number of likes are often way out of balance.
I am not judging anyone for buying followers. I know without a doubt that many people I follow have bought followers and likes. I absolutely get that people need to earn a living and often that living can depend on how popular you seem. I can imagine how scary that must feel. My only worry is that all the fake numbers will make other people feel bad about themselves or their art because fake numbers are hard to live up to. 245 real followers who pay you for your art far outweighs 24k bots who YOU PAY.
My broken record advice is still the same: Keep doing what you do and don't rely on anyone else's social media follower count as a measure of anything.