The mystery of Lady Gaga’s and Justin Bieber’s unfollowers
- Moving the mouse over the graph you can see the date and the legends values.
- Zoom: press the left mouse button and drag.
- Reset zoom: double click
Thanks to a suggestion by Alberto Rodriguez (aka @almirot), I’m monitoring the growth of @MDNA’s followers. He is a founding partner of Smetrica, a great free tool that measures Facebook pages (6,000 so far). We were contacted by Montse Fernandez (aka @monsefc),a PhD student like me and fan of the Smetrica app.
Alberto suggested that I follow the evolution of recent Madonna’s twitter account thinking it could have a huge growth similar to @Murdoch’s account. In order to have a reference with other celebrities on Twitter I’m also monitoring @justinbieber and @ladygaga. The result was very disappointing; the growth of Madonna’s account has not been spectacular and is far from top users of Twitter.
This morning Alberto sent me an email noting the unusual follower’s fluctuations of @ladygaga and @justinbieber since April 3. I do not know what could have happened: fans are crazy or a bot is removing followers or Twitter API does not work properly.
The following image shows the zoom of a fluctuations area and as you can see the unfollowers appear exactly every hour, in the case of @ladygaga at half-past and in @justinbieber five to.
What do you think is happening?