It was a sad day for the Twittersphere when "Beliebers" allegedly decided to wage war against the "Little Monsters."
When Lady Gaga was named the most followed person on Twitter, accumulating more than 20 million followers earlier this month, Beliebers, the fans of Justin Bieber, started an uprising against the reigning queen of pop and her fans.
"To all beliebers this is operation unfollow Lady Gaga. I'm sorry if your a 'little monster' but don't ou want Justin to be #1 followed on Twitter? Well here is the plan we all know that all beliebers with twitter follow Justin and we don't have to ceate a million account with this plan. First, it's simple to lok up Lady Gaga on Twitter. Next unfollow her. Simple! I'm not trying to trash Gaga or anything I am a fsan of her music but I think Justin should be #1 followed on Twitter! That's all but believers please spread the word for me okay? Thank you all that helped!"
It's commonly thought that most Beliebers would trade their first-born child simply for a lock of Justin's hair, so it was no surprise that they created a hashtag for the mission -- launching #OperationUnfollowGaga.
The attack launched on March 28, and though Bieber fans are rabid, the allure of Gaga proved stronger. At the time of this writing, Bieber had yet to dethrone Gaga as the most followed person on Twitter, with only 19,178,665 followers to Gaga's 21,876,454 followers.
Even though the mission wasn't successful, it was not well received by Gaga fans. "#OperationUnfollowGaga Oh children, how pathetic. You Bieber disciples seriously need to grow up and get a life....," wrote one Twitter user, and another added, "#OperationUnfollowGaga. Beliebers, you have gone too far. This is disgusting. SHOW SOME RESPECT. Lady Gaga is awesome."
The war raged on and when the backlash hit, some accused Gaga's fans of secretly starting it. "So the #OperationUnfollowGaga trending topic was a prank, thought up by the monsters and then Beliebers got the blame. Ridiculous," wrote one fan. And now both camps are denying they had anything to do with the operation.
Bieber's fans have proved themselves to be a powerful army through the use of social media. By organizing themselves online, Beliebers plot to keep Bieber's music on the top of the charts with the clever concept of the "buyout" mission. According to Gawker, during a buyout, fans "descend in a biblical swarm" on a store that sells Bieber's CDs and buy out the entire stock -- each fan often buys two or three copies. These are fans who have already bought Bieber's entire musical catalogue online, but are so dedicated to Justin they feel the need to ensure that his CD sales soar.
Neither Bieber nor Gaga has commented on the war between their fans, nor do we expect them to. Bieber fans can take solace in the fact that while Bieber may not be the most-followed on Twitter, he was the most searched person on Google in 2011.
Bieber and Gaga had nothing to do with the Twitter war, but the following celebs started fights all on their own: