The Magical Jazzy Twitterverse of Charles Foster Johnson

A commenter downstairs opined that Charles Johnson’s reported 37.7k Twitter followers are mostly bots, so we decided to look into it. The results so far: I don’t know Babs, but I do know this. As of January 2013 9.5% were fake according to TwitterAudit.


To run a current survey we’d need to sample and vet 200 random Twitter followers just to get a margin of error of about ±7%. Nah, I’ll pass on that drudgery. Then there’s this.

FollowerWonk compares the stats of different Twitter accounts and messes with them a bit. I took her for a free ride, plugged in @green_footballs and @gus_802 and got this:

The colors have been changed to green for Johnson, blue for Gusano; the data has not been altered. Meanwhile, Johnson’s original Twitter account, @lizardoid is still active, but was scraped of all tweets and responses. I wonder why…

Note that the @lizardoid account still has 11 followers. Hey Charles! Who are you sending DMs to via this account, and why? Who do you think you’re fooling? LMAO.


Alexa Talks About Little Green Footballs

Once in a while it’s kinda fun to see how Charles Johnson’s Little Green Footballs stats are doing, and Alexa turned up an interesting aberration in the decline.


The image above has been chopped and channeled and lowered and louvered for clarity (and a little bit of ventilation) but the graphs and data from Alexa are sound and legit as of 1 May 2017.

What happened in January likely had to do with the Presidential Inauguration, as a lot of people (including me) wanted to watch Charles Johnson’s meltdown, but the views should have dropped off shortly after. Then there’s that bizarre spike mid-February, and it took until late April for the LGF Decline to resume. Johnson has fudged his view stats in the past, so perhaps he got caught at it again and was busted by an extraneous algorithm. Search engines don’t give him much traffic as he’s got little original content and he’s got most bot crawlers blocked. Not only that, but LGF hasn’t been a “news aggregator site” for years, because these days it’s all about “clickbait.” Here’s the kicker:

95 percent of all websites load faster than Johnson’s Little Green Footballs.

Nice work, Charles.


LGF Stats Inspection Time

Once in a while it’s kinda fun to check on the Decline of Little Green Footballs. Remember this one from 19 February 2010?

100919-lgf-quantcast

About a year later, on 9 February 2011, we posted this:

110209-webworth-lgf

The Webworth.info site is now defunct as far as we can tell, but now there’s WEBUKA. Here’s the February 2017 estimate for LGF:

170220-webuka-estimator

GAH! What a graphic abomination, and there’s not much we can do to fix it. On the other hand, the estimated numbers are relevant. In just six years, Charles Johnson’s website value has decreased in value by approximately 75%. So what does Alexa have to say about all this?

Since we last checked in with Alexa, it had been purchased by Amazon and a lot of the freebee stats are no longer available without a pay-to-play subscription. So what. This is all we need.

alexa-stats-170220a

What happened in September 2016 to drive down his rank, and why did he get a bump once Trump was inaugurated? I don’t know, Babs, but I do know this: Little Green Footballs is STILL slower to load than 2/3 of all websites tracked by Alexa. Go figger.

[Sources: This, this and this.]

SitePrice estimates the value of a blog differently, and comes up with this number:

170221-siteprice

It also provides a graphic of the top 5 search terms that lead to Little Green Footballs:

170220-siteprice-search-terms

No real surprises in that subliminal goatse, but how does “A. J. Delgado” make it to the Top Five with only 5%? Something smells like your socks, Charles.

lgf-logo-2000

The Original Little Green Footballs Logo

 


Within Striking Distance: Charles vs. Charles

Every so often it’s kinda fun to ask Ms. Alexa how Little Green Footballs is faring in the blogosphere, and she always responds with, “Heh. This is too funny. Check it out.”

So we download, screencap and graphically enhance recent results (without altering the easily verifiable statistics) and post them here for chuckles.  We also post them here for Charles’ benefit, because he doesn’t check Alexa and doesn’t read here. So let’s go.

Alexa 151107 Stats 1

Yeah, Little Green Footballs, despite being run by a self-described code minkey, loads slower than 2/3rds of the rest of the world’s websites. He’s got it so crammed with adverts, pop-ups and unnecessary code that scrolling through comments, let alone trying to navigate through his spazblog, sucks big green donkey Johnsons.

Here’s his traffic profile spanning the past 6 months:
Alexa 151107 Stats 2

Interesting. Not sure what bumped the LGF traffic in late May 2015; perhaps it had to do with the GOP Presidential race, and that the entire world wanted to read Charles Johnson‘s vapid assessment for amusement.

There’s no point in comparing Charles Johnson‘s Little Green Footballs’ stats with Breitbart, AtlasShrugs, Ace of Spades or GatewayPundit because Little Green Footballs flatlines at the bottom of the graph. (We’ll bet that even Leo Sayer‘s fansite gets more traffic, but we haven’t checked.)

Instead let’s try this comparison between LGF and GotNews.
Alexa 151107 Stats 3

So here’s the gist.

Alexa 151107 Stats 3c

CCJ/GN is trending upward and catching up to CFJ/LGF, and CFJ/LGF is trending downward and catching down to CCJ/GN. It’s like matter and antimatter converging, and once it happens, they’ll exchange clothes, shoes and recipes, and start all over again.

Have at it.

 


Proof That Charles Johnson Is Not Obsessed With Charles Johnson.

CroMagnon CJ vs CJ Tweet

CroMagnon’s Tweet speaks for itself. Here’s the full monty below the break. If you want to peruse Charles F. Johnson’s stalking & harrassment of Charles C. Johnson (aka CFJ’s blatant violations of Twitter’s TOS) in a more legible format, click the image below, then click it again when it opens.

Read the rest of this entry »


Purity of Essence, Mandrake

This is an update to a post I wrote a couple of years ago about the echo chamber that LGF has become.

echo chamber:

A community in which members find their own opinions constantly echoed back to them, reinforcing their individual belief systems and creating an insular communication space that is of no interest to outsiders and which rejects their input.

Charles’ insipid rating system played a key role in LGF’s ruin, and now it’s the tie that binds the hive-mind. As the chart below shows, 87% of all comments made 2014, no matter how banal, were met with congratulatory twinkles. Of course, when a heretic appears, they still pounce on it with a passive aggressive fury. But the chart also shows, as Purity of Thought has increased, fewer posts are earning downtwinkles (only 0.4% in 2014).

For every 1000 comments at LGF, 869 are praised, 4 are frowned upon.

That is an echo chamber.

2014twinkles2
Bonus Statistic

  • If the contributions of just 3 commenters are removed from the data, the mutual admiration rate climbs to 89%, and the downtwinkle rate falls to 0.2%
  • Who are these misfits?
    • Killgore Trout – 1st place *by far* in downdinged posts, 2nd in 0 karma posts
    • Dark_Falcon – 2nd place in downdinged posts, 1st in 0 karma posts
    • NJDhockeyfan or sattv4u2 – roughly tied for 3rd in both, waaaaay behind KT and Dork

Most Downdinged Post of 2014 – regarding the Wendy Davis wheelchair ad:

2014darkf

Most Updinged Post of 2014 – an incoherent non-response to Dork’s post:

flea


WOT: “Some Abuse Is Possible”

WOT Warnings: Yeah they’re good in general, but the ratings are easily astroturfed and abused the same as the “Block and Report” function is on Twitter. WOT is a free add-on for FireFox, and the false positives seem to be negligible, yet there are people who abuse the system.

People like Charles Fuckface Johnson.

WOT Astroturf Alert 1

“Some abuse is possible.” This suggests deliberate lying and intentional fabrication, and since Charles F. Johnson agreed to post it makes Charles F. Johnson a deliberate liar and fabricator as well.

So we cranked up the WOT machine to see where Little Green Footballs stood and found nothing surprising (at least not surprising to readers of this website) and there be some funny in the comments.