The article briefly examines reciprocal relationships which exist between this account and accounts which appear to be part of a so called ‘Kremlin Troll’ network. It carefully pointed out that whilst the interpretation of accounts being ‘Kremlin Trolls’ is to a degree up to the reader, the reciprocal relationships are significant as they allow direct messaging and perhaps reflect an affinity between the accounts which are engaged.
This abstract decided to take a look itself, and wanted to examine the outbound links of this reciprocal network, to see who it as a whole was following, and what the order of popularity of the accounts being followed by the network was.
The interpretation of the results is of course up to the reader, but shared common follows by the group – even if they are not reciprocal – should give an insight into deeper common values shared across the network as a whole. Indicated also may be those accounts which could have more of an influence on the reciprocal network as a whole.
The details were snapshot in early April 2015.
The total number of accounts in the reciprocal network was: 52
The reciprocal network at this time was following 52,627 accounts in total.
The following are the top 100 accounts in order of popularity followed by members of the reciprocal network:
As with the composition of the network itself, the network’s most popular follows do include an interesting mix of media sources which are themselves noteworthy.
A diagram of the follows from the relevant subset of the reciprocal network to the above accounts is available in pdf here:
Gray: Source accounts (Reciprocal Network)
Red / Pink: Target accounts (Outside Reciprocal Network)
Red: >= 30 connections, Pink / Gray: < 30 connections
Blue edges indicate connections to targets with >= 30 connections