Trevor Noah, Gareth Cliff, and Bonang Matheba are South Africa’s top Twitter users with hundreds of thousands of followers. This is, however, far lower than international Twitter stars with millions of followers.
According to Twitter Counter, which provides statistics of Twitter usage across the globe, Lady Gaga is the most popular person on Twitter with over 30 million followers. Lady Gaga is followed by Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Rihanna and Britney Spears.
Curiously, some of these high profile celebrities follow a very high number of Twitter users. A very high number of Twitter followers can be a sign that a subscriber used a service (or did it themselves) to indiscriminately follow thousands of people in the hope to be followed back and hence increase their follower count.
US president Barack Obama, for example, is unlikely to have time to follow all tweets from the 671,660 people which he is apparently following.
StatusPeople has launched a service which claims to provide an accurate percentage of fake followers, which can be interesting to assess alongside a Twitter user’s number of followers, and the number of people followed.
The following table provides an overview of the top Twitter accounts globally, and StatusPeople’s fake score.
|Twitter account||Followers||Following||Fakers %|
There is, as expected, a link between the number of people a Twitter user follows and their fake percentage.
South Africa’s top Twitter users are following far fewer people than their international counterparts, which should point to a lower fake percentage. This is indeed the case.
The following table provides an overview of South Africa’s most popular Twitter accounts, with StatusPeople’s fake score.