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New Feature on Twitter

Discussion in 'Twitter' started by praetserge, Apr 4, 2015.

  1. praetserge

    praetserge Power Member

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    Today, I noticed a new follower on Twitter and I wonder if anybody has seen it before.
    Is it a new Twitter feature to fight bots or just somebody's taking a piss?
     
  2. Snatch2014

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    Someone taking a piss :)
     
  3. Dante12

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    Nothing to worry about:) Im more worried about the new Twitter browser they have on mobile - this thing is so slow and buggy
     
  4. erickishere

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    Not going to lie but that would be pretty interesting if they implemented that lol
     
  5. praetserge

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    the account has more followers now (280), as said before it would be really cool if they actually implemented it.
     
  6. HoNeYBiRD

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    twitter has more sophisticated ways to identify bots than this imho

    what is the first thing you do when somebody says that don't do something? you do that something, no? :)

    it's more like an idea of a twitter user to get followers using negative psychology, a tweet bait if you like similarly when a webmaster try to trick his/her visitors to click on an ad by saying "do not click below, because..."
     
  7. praetserge

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    well, try... maybe somebody is just running an experiment on how many followers he can get this way.

    to be honest, I think this simple method would catch a lot of bots.
     
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    i don't think so, partly because of what i said above, another factor is that the follow for follow mentality is very strong on twitter, some ppl will follow back just about anybody without actually checking the account

    have you checked those followers? i just did, the vast majority are real ppl for sure, the real to fake follower ratio is nothing out of ordinary

    the relatively sudden increase in his followers count you mentioned above happened because of different reasons:
    1. he followed 1k users fast (and you noticed the acc right after this before the wave of follow back kicked in)
    2. follow for follow mentality no matter what
    3. those peeps followed back the acc too who actually checked it and were curious what will happen, i'd simply call these the victims of his reverse psychology
    4. occasional bot accs, but not higher than the average which are present in every user's followers

    i'd go further :), maybe you can find more bots among those accs who he followed, but don't or won't follow him back

    what he's doing is definitely working, not because the acc was intended to catch bots, but because he's trying to get followers, at least in my opinion

    if i were to notice this user first and if i were to post it here, most probably i'd give a different title to the thread, something along these lines would have been more closer to the truth: "How to get a better than average followback ratio on twitter"
     
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