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Dissecting a key (Twitter) account from the XRP Army

Network graph representation of Twitter accounts connected to @GiantGox. Each dot is a Twitter account which is following and/or being followed by @GiantGox (graph contains 39,131 accounts). Graph credit: Andy Patel

Enter @XRPTrump

The Calm Before The Storm

@Ripple_Expert has since changed their username to @California_luve; screenshot from May 15th, 2018; at that time, @XRPTrump was one of 171 accounts being followed by @Ripple_Expert
Above @XRPTrump likes a tweet from @California_luve

Enter @JoelKatz

Note the surge of (fake) followers above @haydentiff’s reply/retweet
Tweet from @mdudas on July 14th, 2018
Profile of @GiantGox (August 26th, 2018)

Dissecting @GiantGox

Network graph representation of Twitter accounts connected to @GiantGox. Each dot is a Twitter account which is following and/or being followed by @GiantGox (graph contains 39,131 accounts). Graph credit: Andy Patel
39,131 accounts, of which, 36,319 were following @GiantGox (“@GiantGox followers” above)
Limited to the 36,319 nodes/accounts which were @GiantGox followers (“@GiantGox followers” above)

Modularity Class = 0

Make note of the @emy_wng account (top left) as we’ll come back to it later (also viewable above: @warpaul, @XRPTrump)
Combined, the two largest clusters contain ~4.8K accounts which follow @GiantGox
(Closer Look) Notable accounts visible above include: @XRPTrump, @warpaul, @ashgoblue, @XRPSPEED, @XTRA_HRDCOR_XRP, @DennisRossdale, @Blockchainmove, @ekpethedragon, @CryptoCoinMaps, @Rafevo, @_mars75
Largest cluster from mod class = 0
Same as one above it, just without text
Second largest cluster from mod class = 0
Same as one above it, just without text
Can you spot @bgarlinghouse and @JoelKatz?

Modularity Class = 2

Notable accounts viewable above include: @emy_wng (mod class = 0), @crypto_child, @eddie_GTR_xrp, @lovexrp, @QUOINE_Japan, @kazu_kabuki_kaz, @digitlasset_xrp, @tyandooo, @uhauhauhasan, @cryptosshi, @bitmilkCurrency, @NyantaAltMooner, @notequalff, @bitcoininfo520, @virtualcoinlife, @cancan___can, @hqhfluck17
@emy_wng straddles the two largest communities (mod = 0 and mod = 2)

Enter @emy_wng

Where modularity class = 0 and limited to accounts which are followers of @GiantGox. Red text = Ripple employees and core members of the XRP Army (where an actual name can be discerned). Orange rows = accounts where Following > Followers (i.e. lost many followers during Twitter’s recent account purge). @GiantGox falls into this mod class/community (left it out above)
Where modularity class = 2 and limited to accounts which are followers of @GiantGox. Green rows = accounts which contain “XRP” or “Ripple” in their bios
Data as of July 21st, 2018
Data as of July 21st, 2018

Modularity Class = 1

Where modularity class = 1 and limited to accounts which are followers of @GiantGox. Yellow rows/red text = accounts that were immediately suspended by Twitter after I tweeted this on July 31st, 2018 (there were 8 @JuanaXXofficial accounts following @GiantGox; 6 were mod class = 1 and 2 were mod class = 3; all 8 accounts have been suspended)
These accounts were following @GiantGox when data was sourced for network graph (July 21st, 2018); accounts were suspended by Twitter after I tweeted this on July 31st, 2018. With the exception of @Juana07official and @Juana08official (mod class = 3), the remaining 6 accounts were mod class = 1

Modularity Class = 4

Notable accounts viewable above include: @Ripple, @yoshitaka_kitao, @bitcoinchannnel, @Keiki_XRP, @tenitoshi, @bitbit_ojin, @coperu100, @twins_naoki, @TO30447473, @Exri8Exri, @coinpicksjapan, @crypto_fumiya, @coinjourney, @shakurefubuki, @miyapparappa
Modularity class = 4; closer look #1
Modularity class = 4; closer look #2
Where modularity class = 4 and limited to accounts which are followers of @GiantGox. Green rows = username appears to be crypto-focused. Orange rows = accounts where Following > Followers (i.e. lost many followers during Twitter’s recent account purge). For this mod class/community, @Ripple shares most connections with @GiantGox’s connections (not included above as @Ripple isn’t a follower of @GiantGox)
Above screenshot is from August 21st, 2018; data in table is from July 21st, 2018 (hence reflects different Followers/Following counts)
Highlighting @6BillionPeople (orange node, top center)
Still highlighting @6BillionPeople (zoomed out)
Still highlighting @6BillionPeople (zoomed further out; red circle)

Modularity Class = 3

Where modularity class = 3 and limited to accounts which are followers of @GiantGox. Yellow rows = accounts where lang = Japanese (ja), only 6 from the list above; 60% of list above are accounts where lang = Arabic (ar)
Accounts include: @fl__l, @75fM1, @Z0Z80, @toolle_, @08a, @G_alyya, @pandoraskids, @48a__, @Q8____33, @77r__

Conclusion

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