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.”
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:
*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.