Happy 90 Million Twitter Followers, Katy Perry! More Than Half of Them Are Still Fake!
Everyone knows that one's self-worth is defined by the number of Twitter followers you have.
Sadly, this objective, inarguable metric of determining one's value in society was diluted years ago by the widespread introduction of Twitter bots: egg avatar-brandishing spambots created by trash advertisers linking to shady weight loss programs or nudie sites, which thoroughly muck up the Twittersphere. (This is not to be confused with Twitter trolls, which are actual people who tell you to "delete it fat," "keep it" and "die ugly.")
For a time, companies flourished with the option of buying fake followers to make one's Twitter follower count increase to appear more popular, but as tracking tools can now easily single out sudden spikes in followers, that trend has since cooled. Spambots, however, stay going strong with their unwanted follows.
The fact is, virtually everyone on Twitter is plagued by the bots — especially celebrities.
Katy Perry has just crossed the 90 million mark on Twitter today (July 1) according to Twitter themselves, which furthers her reign as the social platform's most followed user. That's super great...if it wasn't a DAMN FRAUD.
To be fair, we've known for a while that Katy is plagued with lots and lots o' eggs. As of January of last year, 65% of her followers were fake, according to a study by Music Business Worldwide last year.
According to the latest data from TwitterAudit, which was last updated back when she had around 72 million followers, 61% of her followers were as real and tangible as the follow-up to Prism.
But the Teenage Dream pop princess is just one of the many celebrities overrun by fake accounts: Over 58% of Justin Bieber's beloved Beliebers are actually robots, and a whopping 67% of mortal foe Taylor Swift's #squad are nothing more than a digital army of colon cleanse supplement sellers. (And, let us never forget, almost all of Real Housewives of New York alum Jill Zarin's are fake.)
So, what does all this mean? Honestly? Not a whole lot! There are a ton of KatyCats out there on Twitter — living, breathing ones! — but not actually 90 million of them. But, we can still pretend!
If this very loose digital fact excites Katy enough to make her want to drop her long overdue fourth studio album (and inevitable response to "Bad Blood") sooner, then by all means, let's just go with it. Happy 90 million, Katy Perry!
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