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Twitter Has 48 Million Bots!

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  1. The Scarlet Pimp

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    There are 48 Million Twitter Bots

    Not that Twitter needs any more bad news to come out about their social network, but a new study has found that nearly a sixth of all their active accounts are likely bots.

    Last month Twitter said that they have about 319 million monthly active users throughout the world, which is quite an impressive number.

    The University of Southern California, conducted research that found as many as 48 million of those 319 million are actually just bots that are designed to act like real people.

    These bots can perform any type of action that a person would do, including favoriting Tweets, following other users, retweeting and more.

    In some cases these bots are actually serving a good purpose. They might serve to send out an automated notification to followers of a certain event, such as an emergency. Others will automatically Tweet the scores of sporting events.

    While not real users, they are actually helping to improve what Twitter is offering to users. There are also accounts that are used for marketing, some of which provide a real service and others that don’t.

    The research could be troubling news for Twitter, which has struggled to grow its user base in the face of growing competition from Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and others.

    Researchers at USC used more than one thousand features to identify bot accounts on Twitter, in categories including friends, tweet content and sentiment, and time between tweets. Using that framework, researchers wrote that "our estimates suggest that between 9% and 15% of active Twitter accounts are bots."

    The majority of these bot accounts, however, are used in ways that don't actually improve Twitter at all. Of course, all social media platforms have a problem with bots, but it seems Twitter is among the worst.

    This is just one more issue that Twitter needs to overcome if they want to have a sustainable service that users can enjoy for years to come.

    http://pacedm.com/2017/03/new-study-finds-approximately-48-million-twitter-bots/
     
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  2. louiszhao

    louiszhao Regular Member

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    I wonder how many bots are there in BHW? :rolleyes::D:p
     
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  3. Greengolegend

    Greengolegend BANNED BANNED

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    I miss how twitter was years ago, I haven't visited twitter in ages
     
  4. The Scarlet Pimp

    The Scarlet Pimp Senior Member

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    i only use it to get new pages spidered... :D
     
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    rare... but leecher is heavy here ... bhw is goldmine.
     
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    Twitter is fine .. you know why? It's popular where it matters most, in top tier countries. Twitter is widely used by professionals like reporters, lawyers, finance managers, teachers .. and so on. These people will always use twitter because they are a part of some massive community. Bots or no bots, Twitter is here to stay for long run.
     
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    I wonder how researchers can tell that the account is a bot or not. I mean of course there are obvious botters but oh well
     
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    I bet half of those helped Trump win.
     
  9. The Scarlet Pimp

    The Scarlet Pimp Senior Member

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    shades of "ashley madison"...
     
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    {good|great|solid|interesting} {thought|question|input} there, {mate|friend-o|lil bitch|buddy}!
     
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    Me too :rolleyes:

    This was obvious to anyone privy to the internet. It's one of those things that you are aware of, but accept it anyway.
     
  13. datsunguy

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    48 million seems about right.
    also do they publish or have an estimate on how many accounts are used by one person?
    dont know how they count how many users they have and if it would be affected by adjusting for multiple accounts used by one person.

    i have 5 twitter accounts so I wonder if im counted to them as one or 5, still dont like twitter though.
     
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    I doubt there's a bot so sophisticated that it could respond to a member's comment(s) in a way that it would be an actual response that sounds natural. I'm sure there are forum bots that can auto-post responses and comments but not to the point to where it sounds 100% legitimate.

    I'm sure that was a joke anyways... ;)
     
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    its not a joke, its true.
     
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    It is still a fantastic tool, you just have to filter the noise.

    I cannot confirm or deny if I am a bot.
     
  17. Mactodeus

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    Its the end of an era
     
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    If bots account for 9-15% of Twitter accounts I wonder how high that number is for Instagram? 25?
     
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    Twitter is wank
     
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    Actually everyone on twitter and Ig is a bot. If you dont trust me, abuse them through DM and they will send a aff link back with :).