Clockwise from top left, John Layfield (#1), Collie Buddz (#2), Nahki Wells (#8), Gosling's Rum (#16), Twanee (#15) and Clare O'Connor (#11). *File photos
Clockwise from top left, John Layfield (#1), Collie Buddz (#2), Nahki Wells (#8), Gosling's Rum (#16), Twanee (#15) and Clare O'Connor (#11). *File photos

There was a major shakeup in the Bermuda Sun’s Twitter rankings this month. Nine names entered January’s list, which were missed in December.

In addition, Twitter suspended one person’s account.

Also, Twitter is rounding up numbers after a person’s account gets to 10,000 followers.

New entries include muti-talented Devaune Ratteray (#6), ACE Group (#13), singer and former Bermuda Idol winner Twanee (#15), XL Insurance (#20), DJ Vibes (#31), UmUm Magazine (#34), singers Torrie (#35) and Propa (#36) and triathlete Flora Duffy (#44). 

Mr Ratteray was born and raised in Bermuda, but is currently based in London. He is signed with the Downtown Artists label, but is also an actor and dancer. 

Dropping out of the top 10 and off the list completely is Elbow Beach Cycles (@bermudascooter). An attempt to access the account on Monday received the message the account is suspended.

On the December list, @Bermudascooter had 16,165 followers.

Twitter’s Help Centre says: “Accounts are generally suspended for violations of the Twitter Rules. We also may suspend accounts for investigation if we suspect an account has been hacked or compromised.”

The biggest gainers for the month were Fox commentator and former WWE wrestling champ John Layfield with 20,000 added to his fold and footballer Nahki Wells, who gained more than 4,000 followers after joining Huddersfield.

Fakers

There were a few complaints from the December list that some accounts had fake followers which inflated their numbers.

One person tweeted: “If they have a lot of eggheads, that’s a sign.”

The Sun ran the top eight from Bermuda list through the Status People website at www.twitteraudit.com

Twitter Audit methodology: “Each audit takes a random sample of 5,000 Twitter followers for a user and calculates a score for each follower. This score is based on number of tweets, date of the last tweet, and ratio of followers to friends. We use these scores to determine whether any given user is real or fake. Of course, this scoring method is not perfect but it is a good way to tell if someone with lots of followers is likely to have increased their follower count by inorganic, fraudulent, or dishonest means.”

Thumbs down

Only one account came back with a red thumbs down and that was Fiyah Marshall with 69 per cent listed as fake followers. 

Every Twitter account will show up with fake followers. The Daily Mail ran President Barack Obama’s through www.fakers.statuspeople.com and reported he had 19.5 million fakers. My account has 54 fakers (or otherwise 88 per cent pure).

According to Twitter Audit, the two accounts among the top eight with the highest percentage of real followers were Ledrew Fox with 94 per cent and Platinum Bonita with 93 per cent. 

You can check your own account at either of the two websites mentioned above to see how many fake followers you have. 


Name and Twitter handle

January

December

November

1. John Layfield: @jclayfield

451,000

431,523

418,898

2. Collie Buddz @CollieBuddz

62,000

61,664

61,128

3. Dudley Freedom @dudleyfreedom

56,200

52,899

51,226

4. Fiyah Marshall @fiyahmarshall

29,800

30,192

31,654

5. Wonder woman @Platinum_bonita

24,800

24,910

24,493

6. Devaune Ratteray @DevauneRatteray

22,300

21,704

 

7. Ledrew Fox @ledrew

22,300

20,733

20,622

8. Nahki Wells @nahkiwells

18,200

13,790

13,240

9. Bermuda Tourism @GoToBermuda

10,200

9,183

8,673

10. Will Black @willblackrockz

8,940

8,854

8,640

11. Clare O’Connor @Clare_OC

8,538

8,128

7,987

12. Bernews @bernewsdotcom

7,324

7,113

6,957

13. ACE Group @ACE-Group

6,719

6,491

6,491

14. DJ Genie @djgenie

6,600

6,570

6,539

15. Twanee @MissTwanee

6,495

6,497

 

16. Gosling’s Rum @TheBlackSeal

6,344

6,200

6,098

17. The Royal Gazette @TheRoyalGazette

5,841

5,625

5,497

18. Vibe 103 @Vibe103

5,711

5,592

5,533

19. Bermuda Sun @BDASun

5,685

5,452

5,289

20. XL Insurance @XL_Insurance

4,816

4,604

 

21. Heather Nova @nova_says

4,554

4,438

4,388

22. Fairmont Southampton @fairmontsouth

4,097

3,989

3,923

23. Dj Stylez @80MINASSASSIN

3,692

3,664

 

24. Tyler Butterfield @tybutterfield

3,645

3,563

3,382

25. BERMEMES @BERMEMES

3,312

3,196

3,129

26. Nikki Butterfield @nikbutterfield

3,080

3,056

3,048

27. Carlos Ferreira @carlosf0527

2,652

2,525

2,497

28. Fairmont Hamilton @Fairmontham

2,544

2,459

2,400

29. Reggie Lambe @reggienaldo

2,514

2,453

2,419

30. Lennon Bermuda @BermudaLennon

2,467

2,355

2,368

31. DJ Vibes @lifestyles103

2,383

1,309

 

32. Brown & Co @brownandcostore

2,234

2,212

2,199

33. Berms Jerms @solja_jay

2,224

2,212

2,206

34. UmUm Magazine @UmUm_Magazine

2,218

2,252

 

35. Torrie @Torriethatisall

2,122

N/A

N/A

36. Propa @thisisPROPA

2,073

N/A

N/A

37. Cricket Bermuda @vCricketBE

2,073

2,011

1,960

38. Bermuda News @NewsOfBermuda

2,057

1,469

N/A

39. cathwest @cathwest

1,872

1,849

1,800

40. Lesley @9lives2

1,867

1,864

1,852

41. Glenn Jones @Bermudadotcom

1,854

1,772

1,712

42. DJ Rusty G @djrustyg

1,726

1,690

1,692

43. Digicel Bermuda @DigicelBermuda

1,696

1,607

1,569

44. Flora Duffy @FloraDuffy

1,622

1,622

 

45. Elbow Beach Bermuda @elbowbeach

1,534

1,469

1,425

46. Rosewood Tucker’s Point @RWTuckerspoint

1,474

1,426

1,406

47. Power Girl Trina @powergirltrina

1,459

1,378

1,355

48. Arthur Rego @arthurrego

1,385

1,343

1,331

49. Chewstick @chewsticks

1,337

1,335

1,294

50. DJ Chubb @djchubb103

1,383

1,278

1,221