Wrong. It’s just another last-minute prank by Stamper to make his campaign appear legit. And one that might shoot itself in its own foot, too.
When you examine those stats demographically, though, you’ll see that only 3,236 of those likes came from folks in the United States. Where did the rest come from? The far-off, Middle Eastern country of Turkey, that’s where (7,150 of his current count, to be precise). In fact, he has more likes from the one city of Istanbul than from the entire state of South Carolina.
How did he achieve that misleading high count? Easily. There are online “services," such as like4like.org and givemelikes.com, that trade likes amongst users of Facebook and other social media. You sign up to swap “likes” and “follows” with other site users through these automated services, and your numbers soar in just a few days. Stamper’s apparently used this same trick on his primary Twitter account, which also now lists over 10,000 followers.
But there are problems with these practices, though, as Stamper is finding out right now. For example, the U.S. has less than 10 percent of all Internet users worldwide; those “like” services, then, will only generate obviously foreign followers. And I’m certainly not discriminatory, but seeing dominance of “fan” names in Turkish script doesn’t exactly give me interest in an American politician.
Moreover, it leaves a campaign subject to identification with others who use such services for the same questionable reasons. Check out his many Twitter accounts, for example (which include jay_stamper, GunSenseSC, ACAproud, Defeat_Lindsey, and Elect_Stamper). Not only will you find many of the same foreigner-follower status, and not just with accounts using the “follow4follow” and “followpyramid” hashtags – you will also find porn accounts. They even bear questionable photos of those account holders. (Warning: a quick scan of the “followers” will leave you subject to images of topless women, pants-less men, and couples in the act. I would never include any of such images on this site, of course, but have saved screenshots to verify my statements, in case Stamper the Stumper realizes his mistake and deletes those follows/followers.)
You might think that Stamper would have learned about the risks of these pranks by now. I mean, he got called out by media in 2003 for his stunt of purchasing website domains using politicians’ names, then having those sites forward to questionable sites, and then demanding ransom for those domains through Ebay. Or maybe his 2007 conviction for three felony charges for his illegal “investment” firm. At least his 2009 PersonRatings.com scam, allowing folks to anonymously spread Internet rumors about others, would have taught him better, since he quickly gave that up after national media questioned him about it.
But he’s still at it now? And in our respectful, Southern-grace state of South Carolina? If he’s going to keep us these antics, I think Jay Stamper should try them somewhere else. Like the location where he’s getting all those “likes” from, maybe.
Here are images from some of Stamper's Twitter accounts (ones I feel comfortable posting, mind you - if you need to verify the claims of porn followers, then email me, verify that you're over 18, include a disclaimer acknowledgement, and then I'll consider forwarding them to you). Click on the images to enlarge.