Twitter Threw a Gosh-darn Hammer at the Alice Project

And they’re back! A couple of days in the cooler and no harm done. Does anybody know if the notables had to sacrifice followers or anything? Nope, gone again.

I was originally going to show off this bonkers-ass video of Kamen Joshi at ROBOT RESTAURANT that’s been making the rounds over the last few days, and in fact am using the exact same piece of HTML to completely change the script, because this is a much more interesting story.

Our friend Pukovnik Krv tipped me off last night that Twitter had suspended the accounts of pretty much every member of Kamen Joshi due to (tell me if this sounds familiar) “botspamming, botfollows and SEO hacking.”

Basically, according to Twitter, the tens of thousands of followers (and the almost automatic follow-backs in many cases) were nothing but a lie and in contravention of the terms of use. As of the minute that I’m pressing the Publish button, searching Twitter for Tachibana Anna or Kamiya Erina or Tsukino Moa or any other notable turns up nothing but mentions, no accounts.

Now, I bring this up not to rub it in on anybody or kick anybody while they’re down, but to highlight a few very important things:

  • Regardless of how long the suspensions last, for an idol, losing Twitter is like losing a leg; it’s an indispensable tool, and for anybody who isn’t a theater group (like all of the Alice Project stuff), it would be a huge hit. They’ll probably survive just fine.
  • It does call into question the oft-touted fandom figures, though, as has been worked over in article comments several times in recent months. Stuff like SSA doesn’t just happen, obviously, but it does make you wonder what the real numbers are like, and it puts into perspective the relative online popularity of various other groups.
  • It’s also proof that Big Social Media is completely in the bag for Hillary Clinton, and this is Twitter’s way of punishing Kamen Joshi for their enthusiastic support of Donald Trump.*

Here’s that batshit video that was going to run in this space, anyway:

Happy Saturday.

*No, I am not actually advancing that argument. Garry just made it as a funny and I liked it so much that I wanted to use it.

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10 thoughts on “Twitter Threw a Gosh-darn Hammer at the Alice Project

  1. I would guess Twitster, in it’s infinite wisdom, believes that blocking bot-follows needs to happen. Having wota who just “retweet” and “like” is detrimental (because revenue generating ad-targeting needs user input), and having lyric-bots are all strikes.

    Did you really have to bring US politics into this? Ugh. I’m into Idols to avoid this sort of thing.

    I agree with everything else you’ve said. Twitter could decimate an entire industry in the blink of an eye. Next they’ll be charging high-volume accounts a subscription fee.

  2. Well babymetal=illuminati, and babymetal has stated they want to be the ONLY one. Babymetal played in Switzerland, NYC, and London, those places are banking hotspots. Several Idols have played suspiciously close to Power centers of the World. (even wash,d.c. coincidence?) so obviously the CIA and udderground bunker/ UFO reptile people see Kamen Joshi as a threat to the whole Agenda.

    Their masks work like the glasses in “They Live”, starring Rowdy Roddy Piper. He knew the deal, that’s why wrestling/Idol are kind of natch.

  3. OH WOW THEIR FOLLOWERS ARE FAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAKE???????????????????????????

    IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII NEVER COULD HAVE GUEESSEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEED………………………..

    NNNNNNNNNNNNEXT YOU ARE GOING TO TELL ME THAT THEIR FACEBOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOK LIKES ARENT REAL OR WHAT? LOL AS IF!

    OR THAT THEIR #1 ORICON CHART WASNT TOTALLY GOTTEN IN A COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL WAY?

    AND MAYBE ALL THE “DIFFERENT” PEOPLE THAT COME ONTO THIS BLOG AND MESSAGE ARE ALSO JUST ONE SINGLE PERSON? WHHHHHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT?????

    NO OF COURSE NOT, ALL THOSE THINGS DEFINITELY HAPPENED AND ARE REAL SUPER REAL.

  4. I am a big fan of both Kamen Joshi & Robot Resteraunt and had so much fun visiting both of them while in Japan, not the first time the 2 have united and highly recommended to anyone going to Japan that wants a crazy time both at a live idol show & at a restaurant! 😉

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