Amitabh Bachchan on Twitter managed to flummox everyone by throwing a wee bit of a hissy fit yesterday on finding his follower count depleted. Well, he seems to be doing something even weirder now by following seemingly random accounts on Twitter and people are amused.
Not only was his follower count depleted, but Amitabh Bachchan on Twitter also became the second most follower Indian personality, being replaced by Shah Rukh Khan on the number one spot. That was not taken kindly by Big B, and his outburst, though thinly veiled as a joke was passive aggressive as he threatened to quit Twitter.
T 2599 – TWITTER ..!!!?? you reduced my number of followers .. !!??HAHAHAHAHAHAHA .. !! thats a joke .. time to get off from you .. thank you for the ride .. ??? .. there are many 'other' fish in the sea – and a lot more exciting !! pic.twitter.com/85c15pDif4
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) January 31, 2018
Twitter had a field day with the incident, with many pointing out at Amitabh Bachchan’s insecurity popping out in the open, while news publications scurried to report the incident.
Fast forward to many Twitter users expressing disbelief at finding themselves being followed by Amitabh Bachchan on Twitter, and not just people he knew or may have known, there appears to be no pattern to it.
For a person who seemed upset about losing followers just yesterday, bestowing his 'follow' on a whole of people is a very interesting coping up mechanism! He's really on to something here, strategy-wise, making up lost 'followers' with 'following'! pic.twitter.com/8UwohjPM9V
— Karthik (@beastoftraal) February 2, 2018
Twitter user and National Lead at Ogilvy & Mather India, Karthik Srinivasan spotted this strange activity being Tweeted out by many users who were followed by Amitabh Bachchan on Twitter who termed this behaviour as an ‘interesting coping mechanism’.
You may understand the stature held by Amitabh Bachchan in India, and if it helps, could you imagine him following YOU on Twitter? Wouldn’t you freak out just a little bit?
That’s exactly what happened with the people Big B followed, as his Following numbers have shot up to the 1400s. Among the strange Twitter accounts that Amitabh Bachchan is following on Twitter, many of which surprisingly belong to Bigg Boss 11 contestants, Shilpa Shinde and Hina Khan fan clubs.
I do not know what to make of this, but if you can shed some light on this strange activity, please do.