RIP to these N.J. celebs’ egos. Millions of followers lost in Twitter purge of 2018
Andrew Maclean | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
By Jeremy Schneider | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
Where did all the followers go?
Twitter started the process of removing tens of millions of suspicious accounts from its website on Thursday. Many of them were fake accounts and bots.
Some of the most prominent users on the platform were majorly affected. Ashton Kutcher lost more than a million followers. Ellen DeGeneres lost 2 million, and Katy Perry lost 3 million.
And famous New Jerseyans were not spared in the purge. From NBA legend Shaq to lifestyle legend Martha Stewart, the Garden State’s Twitter cache took a serious hit on Thursday when the deleting began. Here’s a look at how New Jersey’s finest were affected, according to CrowdTangle.
Lori M. Nichols | For NJ.com
While most people were losing followers during the purge, New Jersey’s governor gained some! Well, it was just 29 followers (upping his following by 0.08 percent), but it’s notable regardless.
He now has nearly 36,000 followers.
Bernadette Marciniak | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
If The Boss isn’t safe during the purge, no one is. New Jersey’s most iconic musician lost more than 19,000 followers, though that was just 1.63 percent of his following. He now has about 1.16 million followers.
We still love you, Bruce.
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Aristide Economopoulos | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
Christie lost his presidential run, his spot in the governor’s mansion and then lost more than 17,000 followers in the purge — more than 1.8 percent of his total followers.
He now has about 935,000 followers.
Saed Hindash | For lehighvalleyl
It’s his Twitter account, and it’s now or never — but not all his followers will follow him forever. The pride of Sayreville and one of the greatest rockers of all time lost nearly 62,000 followers (just a bit more than 2 percent).
He now has just over 3 million followers.
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