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All of Your New Twitter Friends are Probably Bots

Twitter logoSocial media is becoming less useful by the day. Nowhere is this more evident than on Twitter. The so-called microblogging service may still serve as an of-the-moment cultural barometer. But what good is that barometer if the gauge it’s built on is fundamentally broken? Twitter’s ability to give us nearly realtime data on trending topics is only really worthwhile if that data is reliable.

And how reliable can that data be if an estimated 48 million Twitter accounts are actually bots? According to a new study, somewhere between 9 and 15 percent of all tweets come from fake accounts. This is just the latest indicator that Twitter itself, and perhaps social media in general, is being ruined by bot masters who serve up all kinds of fake activity to those who’ll pay for it.

Twitter’s own estimate of bots on its platform came in lower than what the study found. According to a recent filing, Twitter stated its bot count is around 8.5 percent. While Twitter’s methodology for bot calculation may be different than the methods used by the researchers who came up with the study, it’s still in Twitter’s interest to have an overall lower bot score.

This study doesn’t do much to improve Twitter’s already shaky reputation as of late. Hopefully, there’s something the social network can do to round up and eject these fake accounts. I guess the real question is, does Twitter even care?

GNC-2009-11-10 #526 Soap Box Time!

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Mark Cuban thinks Twitter is Google’s Biggest Threat?
Rupert Murdoch to Block Google Search?
Google buys Admob 750 Million.
Sony to Sell Videos on TV First?
Ten Android Apps to check out.
Data Breach Law Crawling through Senate?
Firefox at 5.
Firefox Security Issues in 2009 Troubling?
UK Residents to be Spied on even more?
Microsoft Defends Windows 7 Security.
Vermont City wants dome over city?
Progress in Parkinson’s Treatment.
Phoenix Lander Spotted will it call home?
More Space Junk to Dodge at ISS.
Panera Bread does not trust you on their WiFi.
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