A couple of months ago a tried an experiment on Twitter. I set up a completely new profile. I then adopted the follow back system and advertised that I followed people back in my profile. I never spent a penny on buying followers. I spent two months following back and retweeting content. I never wrote one original tweet. Within 2 months I had 500 followers. None of them genuine they never read my content I never read there’s. They were people purely in it for the numbers.
I loved your article because it brought back what I had wanted to prove with my experiment.