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CoinMarketCap can take this basic step to list fewer shitcoins

Geoff Golberg
4 min readMay 22, 2020

Before reading this post, please go read this article from CoinDesk’s Leigh Cuen:

Meet King Money

Each dot (node) represents one of the Twitter Followers for the @ABkingmoney account (927 when Social Forensics collected data on April 25th, 2020):

928 nodes; 1,253 edges (on average, each account in the graph shares 1.35 connections with other accounts; i.e. this is a very loosely connected network!); colors = communities determined by modularity algorithm

Lines (edges) represent Following/Followers relationships between accounts.

Nodes are sized by number of Followers. In this case, the smallest nodes each have 516 or fewer Followers.

Only 24 of the accounts that follow @ABkingmoney have more than 1,000 Followers:

Here are those 24 accounts (recommend scanning each account!): @Alinka_Toxic, @Berkyt_T, @Caitlyn_ADC, @EAFg6jg0FTe14i8, @Igopek292915, @LiliyRebrik, @Loriosik1, @Lovelifefitnsfe, @MERU_UNEG, @MaThanhTuyen89, @Oleg_ruso, @Slavadorof, @Yfnfkmznata, @alicgans1, @cryptoyears, @davidjfigueroas, @egorich64, @eremehe, @iamgeorgepro, @javiercasas01, @karibapoll, @lex7811, @mcmg_007, @sergcatt

The first account to follow @ABkingmoney was @volshebnik1978 (if you are on desktop, clicking “Followers” will list them in order from most recent to earliest):

@volshebnik1978 was created on February 27th, 2020, therefore we know @ABkingmoney gained their 927 Followers on or after February 27th, 2020 (despite ABkingmoney being created on December 30th, 2019):

Here are the first 29 accounts to follow @ABkingmoney:

These are very low quality inauthentic accounts (many of which seek to represent Russians).

Of the 927 Followers of King Money’s account, 755 accounts follow just one account from the 927 (namely, they follow @ABkingmoney, and no other accounts that are Followers of @ABkingmoney):

Here (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Wm6tS6xYjd_Z01PO6JEXQ3yY9ISRp1_jzjzxgAyta4U) are those 755 accounts, sorted by creation dates (most recently created working down to oldest accounts; recommend scanning some accounts!).

Here are King Money’s Followers broken out by creation year:

Here are the most common creation dates for King Money’s Followers:

8% of the King Money’s Followers were created on February 26th, 2020. That’s the day before @volshebnik1978 — the first account to follow @ABkingmoney — was created.

Here (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1tW3_UC2o2pO9-o1QI_xwlrEKmHA36Bc5iexVAjIMlBA) are the 76 accounts following @ABkingmoney that were created on February 26th, 2020 (most of which seek to represent Russians).

The account has tweeted just three times.

First (December 30th, 2019):

Second (January 27th, 2020):

Third (April 4th, 2020):

On April 4th, 2020, the account tweeted “KingMoney, Now Enlisted in CoinMarketCap! https://kingmoney.io/article/1631”:

Per the above article, “KingMoney was officially approved and enlisted after months of working and completing the required documentation on 12 March 2020 and began its operation on the above website .”

Next, moon ($100 USD to $240 USD; screen capture below from April 28th, 2020):

Screen capture from April 28th, 2020, i.e. when this post was written

There were 214 accounts following @ABkingmoney (23% of King Money’s overall Followers) that appear to have been created to inflate the account’s Followers count, leading up to King Money being listed on CoinMarketCap:

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We create purposefully designed tools to manage social data analytics needs across various industries. Our focus is audience segmentation and identifying coordinated inauthentic behavior across social media platforms.

Geoff Golberg is an NYC-based researcher (and entrepreneur) who is fascinated by graph visualization/network analysis — more specifically, when applied to social networks and blockchain activity. His experience spans structured finance, ad tech, and digital marketing/customer acquisition, both at startups and public companies.

Geoff is the Founder/CEO/Janitor of Social Forensics.



Geoff Golberg

CEO & Founder, Social Forensics | Previously: Co-Founder, Elementus | Featured in BBC, CNN, BuzzFeed, and Quartz, among others | SocialForensics.com