| 3:55 pm on May 8, 2010 (gmt 0)|
I know MS uses twitter to do geo-location on bing maps as well as integrate within bing search.. i'm sure others do the same.
Whats with all the amazon hate? some popular stuff runs on amazon ec2 from my reddit addiction to my wife's four square habits :)
| 4:05 pm on May 8, 2010 (gmt 0)|
just fyi: Amazon runs the backend of Twitter and bit.ly.
| 4:21 pm on May 8, 2010 (gmt 0)|
| 5:27 pm on May 8, 2010 (gmt 0)|
@ByronM The web has changed a lot since this discussion: [webmasterworld.com...] and many of the AWS maggots seem to be oblivious to the existence of robots.txt. Now when you run a small website, a few pages here or there is very little. But when you run a large website with thousands or millions of webpages and the operators of some of these maggots decide to download the entire site, it is a big problem.
| 5:47 pm on May 8, 2010 (gmt 0)|
Your first two to four visitors following any bit.ly or tiny.cc link that you post to Twitter will almost certainly be bots of some sort - often arriving within tens of seconds after posting the link.
| 7:18 pm on May 8, 2010 (gmt 0)|
isn't that a good thing though? a big chunk of the webmasters who use twitter just automate it all anyway, i know i do. i tie my rss feeds to it. there's not much point doing that if the bots don't lap it up.
| 7:49 pm on May 8, 2010 (gmt 0)|
Most Twitter parasites I block by IP range, a couple by UA and I allow several that benefit me; just like every thing else online, it's a case by case thing.
| 12:22 am on May 9, 2010 (gmt 0)|
174. and 173. ranges are pretty new, i dont mean AWS, but are on the *&$% list to start with. I am looking at 50+++ sites report at this point and it ian't pretty.
| 5:52 am on May 9, 2010 (gmt 0)|
I christen these new findings "Recursive Twitter Disease", very dangerous to a website without a healthy immune system.
Question is, now that we've got a disease... is there a cure that DOESN'T involve cutting something off?