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Thread with charts 'n stuff:
Last week, @6000 received some love from Turkey. More than 6000 twitter accounts (mostly Turkish) followed him on twitter overnight. You can read his blog here: 6000.co.za/turked/
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There didn't seem to be any rhyme or reason for the following. He doesn't seem to have much interest in Turkey other than as a Christmas roast. Doing some analysis on the accounts didn't really reveal much other than that there were many low volume accounts.
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Today, however, many of these accounts seem to have seen the error of their ways and have abandoned @6000.

This is what his follower graph looked like on Friday:

(The x axis is the order of following, the y axis is the date the accounts were created, colour = language)
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Fridays's chart shows the unusual speed of following (the flat part of the chart on the right), as well as the unusual language distribution - the shakhi* colour is English, and the magenta is Turkish)

*(The colour between shit and khaki on the colour spectrum)
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Today, however, that chart looks quite different. There is still a bunch of odd accounts there , but about 5700 have disappeared.
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So what happened? Did Twitter suspend a whole bunch of accounts as suspected spammers? Did @6000 spend the whole weekend manually blocking these accounts?

No, and no.
Firstly because that's not what the data shows, and secondly because @6000 told me so.
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We can visualise the accounts that no longer follow, and (no surprise), they're mostly the new followers.

(Except for three accounts, who may just have got tired of his tweets, ALL the accounts missing are those that followed very recently)
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Did twitter suspend them for so-called "inauthentic behaviour"?

Doesn't look like it. Of the 5492 accounts that are no longer following @6000, only 73 are suspended by twitter or deleted by their owners.
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So, what is going on? Why follow somebody en masse and then unfollow them 48 hours later?

I suspect that these are spam accounts that are looking for follow-back. By building a following of credible and "real accounts", spam accounts can gain a veneer of credibility.
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It may be something to do with Twitter's automatic spam detection, or simply a method to look more legitimate to potential ad targets.

NB: There are many accounts that auto-followback, including a lot of so-called "influencers"*, so this isn't a bad tactic.
*See pic
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Conclusion: These accounts were likely looking for follow-back and when they didn't get it within 48 hours, they simply unfollowed and moved on.

It's a bit unsatisfactory as an explanation, but it is the most likely one.
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