EXCLUSIVE: Which Real Housewives of OC Are Buying Twitter Fans?

Posted on August 9th, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Are the Real Housewives of Orange County cast buying Twitter followers?

According to Micah Tanous, husband of former Real Housewives of Orange County star Peggy Tanous, the cast may be paying to appear more popular than they really are.

"I just answered a call from the company that is SELLING all the current #RHOC cast their Twitter followers, What a F'ing Joke! Fake likes!?!" tweeted Micah last week. "Current cast members just got pissed I tweeted that... Too funny. Oh god, what do you think these $2500 "PR" agents that promise "social media marketing" are doing. The software only costs $50!"

While it's hard to prove someone actually bought followers, there are definitely some red flags and suspicious behavior (like suddenly getting tons of followers overnight for no discernible reason, and all the followers being 'eggs').

Let's have a look at some stats via TwitterCounter.com and break it down for the month of August.


Aug 1, 2012 - 312,714 followers

Aug 3, 2012 - Drops to 299,960 followers

Aug 7, 2012 - Rises to 307,371 followers

Aug 9, 2012 - Suddenly goes up to 338,121 followers

Alexis gained 30,750 followers in just two days!


Aug 1, 2012 - 329,992 followers

Aug 4, 2012 - 330,873 followers

Aug 7, 2012 - 331,848 followers

Aug 9, 2012 - 332,399 followers

Tamra has gained 2,407 new followers since Aug 1.


Aug 1, 2012 - 323, 340 followers

Aug 4, 2012 - 326,404 followers

Aug 7, 2012 - 328,292 followers

Aug 9, 2012 - 331, 275 followers

Gretchen has gained 7,935 followers since Aug 1.


Aug ,1 2012 - 199,411 followers

Aug 4, 2012 - 200,120 followers

Aug 7, 2012 - 200,789 followers

Aug 9, 2012 - 201, 442 followers

Vicki has gained 2,031 followers since Aug 1.


Aug 1, 2012 - 102,621 followers

Aug 4, 2012 - 103,996 followers

Aug 7, 2012 - 104,738 followers

Aug 9, 2012 - 105,234 followers

Heather has gained 2,613 followers since Aug 1.

In conclusion, Alexis seems to be the only one who got a sudden, very dramatic jump in followers in August. This is very unusual when the current season is not airing.

UPDATE: Alexis tweeted, "Beyond crazy. I wouldn't know the 1st thing about this & would never want fake fans following me."

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  • 56 Responses

    1. Jen says:

      show just stopped airing in canada. they could be canadian followers.

    2. Jam345 says:

      what a loser!

    3. Leeb716 says:

      Alexis bought them! She can’t buy a house, but she has to buy her friends! Sad really… Very sad.

    4. Thorn105 says:

      Of course she bought followers – and all day yesterday she kept tweeting that crap about Nordstroms sending her a letter, telling her they loved her.  It’s utter bullshit, and I’d be more impressed if she tweeted a pic of the letter.  However, if I worked for Nordstrom’s, I’d totally lie to her dumb ass about it when asked – can you IMAGINE how awkward it was when she asked them if they said that about her?  At least Tamra owns her bad behavior, Alexis would like us to believe that she is so perfect – I see the way she treats her friends, so why would store employees be treated with any more respect?  Alexis, we know you’re a LIAR, I’d have so much more respect for you if you would own your bad behavior, but as far as I’m concerned, you’re FAKE.

    5. Domesticgoddess1 says:

      Alexis is just as fake as her followers. I wouldn’t put it past her a**wipe husband…he probably figured he’d get more so called “fans” to follow her since she’s so insecure and whipped.

    6. Mandy says:

      She has real true followers….your a mean mean person Tamra ….. Even if she did buy them …. Why don’t you stop digging up cruel gossip …Can’t we all grt along …???????

    7. Kathy and Melissa from RHoNJ are guilty of the same thing! Kathy even jumped from 109,000 followers to 190,000 in one week, when season 4 was months away from starting.

    8. Denise Montanino says:

      Alexis is most likely buying twitters. Shes so fake , that’s the only way she can get any fans.

    9. Harleygirl0521 says:

      Alexis is a fake, so yes, I believe in a heartbeat she bought fake fans!!

    10. David says:

      they all do. I hate to be the bearer of bad news to people but its a TV Show and not real. Its 98% scripted and the other 2% is highlighting their lack of intelligence. But it does not say much for 99% who watch who think it is real. I hope they like Govt Cheese.

    11. Tltanksley says:

      She’s buying them. I’d be surprised if that phony has 10 real fans! 

    12. Styledbyalicia says:

      ok, well I am one of her new followers and probably during that time, but I was not bought! ha ha…I missed most of the season and they had aired some reruns which is when I got to see some of the mean girl stuff…but then, someone ((not sure Bravo or what)) posted how dumb she was in her tweets and FB and I was like…sign me up!  I love some craziness.  Maybe it is that?  I mean, I doubt Jim would let her spend money on buying friends…doesn’t seem like they have much to waste! ha ha ha

    13. Myangel82 says:

      I do not believe that if so that is really stupid I can not imagine some of them doing this wow. amazing…http://www.tonic.com/post/carmela-wiant-money-burge-next-of-kin-law-changing-lives/

    14. babbs says:

      Jesus Juggs!

    15. PRski says:

      for those of you making comments about PR agencies, you obviously don’t work in PR… there’s a retainer fee typically. so whatever social media marketing is promised, if it is, has never with any clients i’ve worked with, dealt with “buying” twitters followers. it’s about getting coverage in print and online media, events and maintaining rapport with editors in order to get the coverage and get them to the events to cover the basics. the activity on alexis’ account looks suspicious 100% but if you notice, she also dropped 20,000 followers in 2 days so why would she pay to lose them? that doesn’t make sense.

    16. Chanjeup says:

      Yes she did! Damn that Jesus Barbie!

    17. Dalejrracergirl88 says:

      All the crap that dingbat has done and said, it would not surprise me one bit if she didn’t buy followers! She is so jealous of Tamra and Gretchen ! 

    18. mrsquarter2_8 says:

      Who cares? All she did was prayed for them and BAM! She can’t help it if she likes having the most Twitter followers. She can’t help any of it. She just wasn’t born with all her marbles. We all know she’s as fake as fake can get. In the south she would just be called a hot a$$ mess.

    19. Dannielle F says:

      Can she even afford that?

    20. Carolscheurb7 says:

      Yous have always been jealous of Alexis Peggy and you are out now your complaining about this nonsense. grow up

    21. MyOpinion says:

      Did her husband give her permission to buy twitter followers

    22. Anonymous says:

      They are STILL TALKING about her? Get a life ! Heather,Peggy,Gretchen and Tamra are so desperate .

    23. Tamretchen are just sore losers cuz Alexis has THE MOST TWITTER followers.

    24. Jeni says:

      Im not surprised at all… Alexis (Jesus Jugs) is as PHONY as her “Eggs”  to the point where its just annoying to watch… You almost “want” to feel sorry for her, then she goes and ruins it by doing something  outrageously dumb. IE: Buy Followers… Why would she use her RENT money for that? Pathetic— :o/

      • Jeni says:

        Hopefully this is all a “MisUnderstanding” and the extra 30,000 Followers are just the Employees from Nordstrums… Thats the only reasonable explanation—

    25. Jonnyfamousisgod says:

      Yes the new season is airing… in the UK & Australia.

    26. Stephanie T says:

      WHO CARES?????? Peggy’s husband and Tamra’s old ass need to get a life!! It’s not affecting anyone so seriously they just need to stop talking about someone they supposedly dislike. 

      • Christine S says:

        I agree with you. I used to like Tamra but her talking about this only makes her look like an asshole. 

      • Jharris says:

        Totally agree!!! Tamra loves pointing out everyone elses faults on the show.  Just wait til Tamra gets tired of picking on Alexis…Watch out Heather!  Funny how she used to have it out for Gretchen…and Gretchen is totally partnering up with her against Alexis.  I don’t think their has been a housewife on OC that Shamra hasn’t been rude and obnoxious to.

        • poisongirl1304 says:

          Tamra wasn’t talking about this..it was Peggy’s husband. Stop hating on Tamra. Yes some of what she does is childish but everyone has those moments & remember, we only see what the producers let us see a lot more goes on.

    27. Ksl200006 says:

      It is airing in the UK at the moment, twice a day, perhaps that explains it?

    28. Rod Xo says:

      BUYING THEM. trust me, Alexis is not that popular. or likeable.

    29. Dizzydcr says:

      That alexis is sooooooooo lame…i guess it was a miracle huh????

    30. Dizzydcr says:

      Loving tamra and vicki sharp,sassy and totally clued up!

    31. Anonymous says:

      Tamra and Gretchen are Jealous stalkers that wake up every day thinking about how they can hurt Alexis. Don’t they know it makes them look pathetic and desperate? The more they go after her, the crazier I think they are.

      •  I know, where does Tamra find the TIME?  Supposedly she’s planning a wedding to the man of her dreams, opening a fitness studio, working her a$$ off promoting wines by wives while Vicki sits on hers and raising three minor children. 

    32. Gladys says:

      Lauri Peterson and her daughter Ashley Zarlin (not a Housewife) jumped from 10,000 to over 35,000 followers in just one month and have not been on the show for 5 years and are   still craving quasi celebrity status by spending every dime that comes in and bragging about it on Twitter.  Just ask George who finally paid his property taxes on his home at the midnight hour before losing it to a Tax Default, but not before $48,000 was accrued in penalties and interest alone.   All public record!  When their financial boat leaves the dock, and it will, they will all cram back into the Peterson house – if it’s still there.

      That said, it’s not just the recent cast who seeks attention, but the Has-Beens who still hang on to their 15 minutes of fame even today!  Sad to think how these people are still living in the past. 

      •  HUH . . . I just twitter followed the Brady Bunch last month.  They seem to be enjoying life post-RHOC.  I miss Lauri. 

        • Gladys says:

          The term “Seem” Lisa, aka Pizza Girl, is a very deep concept.  Most Housewives, “seemingly” appear to have it all together on screen and in the eye of the media. If anyone should know that it would be you!  To coin the cross-eyed twit, Andy Cohen,  “Watch To See What Happens.” 

          If you follow the Brady’s as you say you do, then you, too, know that you don’t jump to more than 20,000 followers in just 1 month when they left the show almost 5 yrs ago.  Money can buy anything, even NO talented, financially troubled, egotistical, people that live in their own world of fantasy and obsession for attention. 

          Have a great day.

    33. A. Guest says:

      Well fake followers goes along with a fake ring and fake furs.

    34. Yaya says:

      does OJ have an alibi for this?

    35. Brittanygorham68 says:

      well everyone I’m a real follower, not bought. Lol

    36. Brittanygorham68 says:

      Alex is phoney!

    37. pilbara Girl says:

      Show is airing in Australia some could be Aussie fans – however Alexis would be the least likely to get multiple new followers

    38. I love Alexis, she is great. The reason she got more followers is cause she is nice and she is the only real house wife on the show. Tamra and gretchen are bitter old cows who criticize people the whole day. I mean is tamra going to die if she is nice. leave poor Alexis alone!!!

    39. Nance02 says:

      I began following alexis when I saw how her pretend friend gretchen turned on her after gretchen became friends with her arch enemy tamra that obviously hates alexis. And how all the women except vickie attacked her with venomous hearts to set out and destroy her. And Heather is so fake and pretensious more than any of them with her so called profound wisdom and doing it only because she “cares”. Oh give me a break, for real? I saw the hypocrisy of their actions. Gretchen has forgotten who her true friend is and has latched onto the devil woman and somehow I wonder if gretchen hasn’t been playing everyone from the get-go and only pretending to be kind and down to earth when truly she is just as coarse and hard hearted as tamra and as fake as Heather. Seems they want gretchen to be like them so they try to tear her apart so they can feel better about themselves. Word to gretchen … Remember how u felt about tamra and the actions she took against you. Well you have become tamra’s worst attributes. How far you have fallen and I truly pity you.

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