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Number of followers is no longer a valid indicator
Bots crowd Twitter
henry0

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Msg#: 4463295 posted 10:08 am on Jun 9, 2012 (gmt 0)

Excerpt from Reuters:
A sample of 10,000 followers was analyzed for each company. A software used a random algorithm to extract a sample selection of followers and two classed of parameters established whether the user's behaviors is most likely to be human or carried out by a bot.

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g1smd

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Msg#: 4463295 posted 6:45 pm on Jun 9, 2012 (gmt 0)

Spam attracts spam. If you clear the junk from your followers it builds up slowly. If you leave junk there, it seems to rapidly attract huge amounts more.

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Msg#: 4463295 posted 8:02 pm on Jun 9, 2012 (gmt 0)

A similar analysis was carried out last year in relation to the number of "followers" of a certain US Senator..

It was found that 80% or more of his "followers", were robots set up by his own PR company..the survey then did some more checking and analysis of other twitter accounts with high follower numbers ( those over 1000 or so ) and concluded that 80% of all twitter accounts being "bots" was probably an accurate assessment..

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