Justin Beiber's Followers Almost 50% Fake (chart at link)
Lady Gaga has the same number of fake accounts as @barackobama. She has the most active users. Beiber and Katy Perry's fakes are through the roof. Poor madbot can't catch a break...
A few months ago, Justin Bieber was crowned king of Twitter when his followers outnumbered those of Lady Gaga. These days, the Canadian crooner has 37,274,495 followers and counting, a notable achievement, no doubt. Or is it ...?
Apparently, not all of those 37 million followers are real. In fact, 16.7 million of them are what experts consider "fake" fans -- almost half of Bieber's following (45 percent, to be precise). Another 2.6 million accounts are inactive. What do "fake" fans mean, exactly?
According to Socialbakers, a company that specializes in social media analytics, "fake" followers are defined by the following criteria:
The account is following less than 50 people and has less than one follower. They repeat spam phrases like "diet," "make money," and "work from home." Tweets are repeated more than three times. More than 90% of the account's tweets are retweets. More than 90% of tweets are links and the profile has a following: followers ratio of 7: 1 or more. This means the profile is following 7 users while only being followed by 1. The account has never tweeted.
When a Twitter user has 20-50 percent "fake" followers, as in Bieber's case, Socialbakers advise to "be cautious" but add "If you have a large number of followers, it is expected that some will be inactive or fake."
What may be most interesting is that when you take these parameters into account and apply them to the top 10 most followed accounts on Twitter, Lady Gaga actually beats Bieber. He has only 17.8 million "good" followers, Gaga has 19 million.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||04/10/2013|
I'm not surprised Gaga has 19 million real followers, she's done everything she can to build a cult around herself. They're probably the same sort of people who join the Moonies, psychotic, but loyal.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||04/10/2013|
Whoever designed that graph needs to be shot.
If he/she had put the "real" bar first, you could easily see who had the most real fans and fake ones.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||04/10/2013|
I thought the same thing, r2. As it stands, the graph requires a tape measure.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||04/10/2013|
r1 = ancient butthurt qweeeeeen.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||04/10/2013|
[quote]Justin Beiber's Followers Almost 50% Fake
So is Justin Beiber
|by Anonymous||reply 5||04/10/2013|
The article should have read that about half of top twitter accounts are fake as the fake accounts applies not just to bieber.
Then again since its in fashion to bash "pansy" Bieber, lets all join in in the bullying and set a great example for kids to mimic.
Actually since teens are the worst bullies out there, maybe they are setting the trend and the adults are trying to be hip and picking on the favourite targets of teenage boy bullies.
Congrats dataloungers for joining. Now go back to criticizing homophobic bullies and lecturing on the merits of the "it gets better" campaign.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||04/10/2013|
They all pad. I'm sure. But I still find it hard to believe that Beiber has over 20 actual followers.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||04/10/2013|
I also suspect Gaga's instant 100.000.000 viewers on YouTube- like Beyawnce, Beibs, Timberfake, et al - are pre-negotiated by labels with YouTube/Google. Too many, too fast, too fake. It's manufactured interest.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||04/10/2013|
R1 and yet with Gaga's 19 million Twitter followers, only 5.3 million bought her overhyped Born This Way album, despite 99 cent Amazon discounts and only 1.6 million people bought tickets for her BTW tour
|by Anonymous||reply 10||04/10/2013|
Honestly who really follows celebs twitter ramblings?
|by Anonymous||reply 11||04/10/2013|
It seems that a similar percentage of followers for all those listed is fake which says more about Twitter in general than it does about Bieber fans.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||04/10/2013|
I was just about to say something similar, R10. What's the use of having so many followers when they don't purchase your albums or concert tickets? Pointless.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||04/10/2013|