We are preparing a new launch page for our domain, http://twitsprout.com, and we want to make a Tweet button part of it. However, we are seeing some strange numbers behind the tweet totals.
When we first tried it out a day ago, the stated total was 96.1k tweets. We thought this was rather high, but we were pleasantly surprised and decided to make a goal of 100k. Imagine our surprise to see that, the very next day, not only did the button state “100k+”, but when we hovered over it, the exact total was in the neighbourhood of 187k.
Now, we’re good at social media, but we’re not 90k-tweets-in-one-day good. This number is clearly off by several orders of magnitude and it’s shaking our faith in the original value as well. Is this a temporary glitch? Does the number represent something else other than what we think it does (tweets for our domain?)
You can reproduce this just by previewing a new tweet button (at https://twitter.com/about/resources/buttons#tweet) for the http://twitsprout.com domain. Any guidance here? The last thing we want is for our users to think we might be somehow gaming or forging this total.