Keep in mind most networks have this problem ( twitter, fb, etc.. ) where users will follow anyone/anything to get themself more followers or traffic.
So it's very possible it could be a spammer getting on board early.
Usually you'll need some indication that this is the next big thing, or at least that this app is taking off. I just don't see Tiny Post hyped in the press at all.
Also, looking at all the people these fake users are following, most of them aren't active and haven't posted much. Doesn't seem like a flourishing ecosystem where 3rd party marketers would be attracted to.
But then again, I could be wrong. I've added this point to my post and also I've tweeted the Tiny Post founders as well, hoping to hear a reply.
I'm not saying you should do this kind of astroturfing (please don't)... but if you wanted to, a more realistic feeling way would be to use the FB Graph API and randomly select names and photos from there. Example: https://graph.facebook.com/4?fields=picture,id,name,first_na...
The argument seems to be 'Accounts which look like bots are posting on my otherwise dormant account, therefore the service provider is using shady practices to try and re-engage me.'
It is not a stretch to believe that this is the case, however it is equally plausible (to me) that the alleged bot accounts are run by a third party. I might have missed some aspect of the argument, however.
For example, check out this profile: http://tinypost.co/users/jonig/#tab1
If you go through the list of people that "Joni" follows, you'll see that most of them don't seem to have posted anything either.
I wonder how many of these fake profiles they have going. I would love to hear what Tiny Post was/is thinking.
Reverse image on that profile pic and it comes up with a person not called Joni Gilbert.
It's like a self-growing ghost town.