Top SA Twitter users’ fake scores

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 %
@ladygaga 30,399,483 137,346 39%
@justinbieber 29,088,536 122,686 42%
@katyperry 27,894,973 115 32%
@rihanna 26,292,761 886 31%
@britneyspears 21,167,116 412,742 38%
@BarackObama 21,000,959 671,660 35%
@taylorswift13 19,710,167 82 29%
@shakira 18,451,068 69 33%
@YouTube 18,216,429 431 35%
@KimKardashian 16,378,369 179 19%

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.

Twitter account Followers
@Trevornoah 523,290 44 19%
@GarethCliff 355,312 88 22%
@Bonang_M 285,851 1,074 39%
@abdevilliers17 281,976 117 31%
@DJFreshSA 273,046 7,412 26%
@GraemeSmith49 253,821 106 31%
@Julius_S_Malema 233,710 103 27%
@News24 198,156 3,927 32%
@helenzille 187,635 1,843 23%
@Dalesteyn62 180,584 136 28%
@dineoranaka 180,125 885 24%
@5FM 177,739 2010 25%
@SAPresident 172,041 7 34%
@PigSpotter 144,455 16 24%

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