The "forced follow" bug discovered on Twitter earlier this week gives us yet another way to gauge which Tweeters are the most popular.
For those who didn't see the exploit, the bug allowed a user to force another Twitterer to follow his or her account, just by tweeting "accept [username]" (i.e. "accept HuffPostTech").
Word of the glitch spread quickly over Twitter, and users rapidly began exploiting the bug to force others to follow them (although Twitter later undid any of the forced follows).
Data from the auto-follow glitch reveals whom users were most eager to have follow them and offers another way to measure who are the most popular people on Twitter.
- @Aplusk [Ashton Kutcher]
- @Ddlovato [Demetria Lovato]
Interestingly, @BarackObama got just a quarter of the requests @Oprah garnered, and was out-ranked by @JustinBieber, @LadyGaGa, and @PerezHilton, among others.
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