The wonderful thing about Twitter is that you can get such a wide range of views. The number of people followed by @anjemchaudary is zero.Jim Rohn once said "You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with". This unprovoked assault on English grammar contains a concept with which I agree, and if we apply this maxim to Twitter accounts followed by Anjem Choudary's we are left with the impression he is a nobody.
— Tom Holland (@holland_tom) October 21, 2012
There is little I can do to analyze zero accounts followed. I can, however, examine those 2,186 folk who choose to follow Anjem. Who are they?
Those outside the UK fell outside my interest; I was curious only to see if he enjoyed support of many British Muslims. With that I took a closer look at the 57% and noticed something of a trend:
But how to check further?
I fed Anjem's account through another script, and checked to see what his followers also follow. I reproduce for your entertainment most popular 31 accounts amongst those that follow Anjem. I've taken the liberty of highlighting a few I feel Anjem may not endorse. The percentage of his followers that follow each account is listed to its left.
|22.22%||BBC Breaking News|
|21.56%||Al Jazeera English|
|16.13%||Reuters Top News|
|15.83%||Tommy Robinson EDL|
|13.55%||HSM Press Office|
|12.73%||UK Prime Minister|
|12.33%||BBC News (World)|
|12.08%||CNN Breaking News|
|10.81%||The New York Times|
Filtering out the news websites, it seems the EDL is inordinately popular amongst his followers. Anjem feels gays should be stoned to death, but over 10% of his followers enjoy the work of Stephen Fry.
UK Muslims do not like the chap. His followers are not fans. So why do I keep seeing him on TV as a voice of Islam?
|A young Anjem "Andy" Choudary|