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Twitter @ msgs dead?

Discussion in 'Social Networking Sites' started by SpazzyMcSpazz, Oct 14, 2009.

  1. SpazzyMcSpazz

    SpazzyMcSpazz Regular Member

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    I'm talking about doing a bunch of @username updates on twiter. Was there ever any merit to this method anyway? Here's my journey:
    I just did that stuff for fun and suddenly I got hundreds of clicks to some crappy clickbank product, got my twit accounts suspended, tweaked the scripts a bit, used diffrent urls, but nothing seemed to work as good as it did the first time.
    Then someday I got about 800 clicks in a couple of hours, HOLY CRAP! I did it with about 10 accounts and a few seconds delay (after each request). Funny thing: these accounts were not suspended, but after a few hours they didn't generate a single click no matter what I did.
    So, I make a new batch of accounts, 200 clicks, then nothing. But wait for the stunning conclusion. I went to check the access logs and almost none of that traffic were actual visitors, all some strange bots and weird user agents. Some looked legit, but hardly worth the mention.
    So what's going on? Some random sites picking up your url just because they see it mentioned every few seconds? Twitter quietly suppressing @ messages?

    P.S. I was kindly pushing some weight loss stuff to Oprah's followers. I thought to myself, they're fat AND stupid, this is gonna be perfect :) Anyways, I managed to get 4 order form impressions and 1 order form submit per about 2k hop counts. Is this normal? :) I'm sure it's not but tell me anyway.

    tldr: :twak: <-here's a turtle. If none of you will respond to this, I forgive you.
     
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  2. TermsB

    TermsB Senior Member

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    Sounds like you happened to do an @username to someone who was a trending topic.
     
  3. nataliepetrov

    nataliepetrov Newbie

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    what???
     
  4. SpazzyMcSpazz

    SpazzyMcSpazz Regular Member

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    It would seem, but the only pattern I got was new accounts and a new url. Might have been just a damn coincidence.
    Do you think this could be worth anything?
     
  5. thefish2010

    thefish2010 BANNED BANNED

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    It's actually pretty standard for there to be hundreds of bot clicks when you post a link on Twitter that winds up in search. There are all kinds of bots - secutiry/antivirus companies, search companies, etc are all running Twitter bots. My personal belief is that Twitter is now even running bots that look at the ultimate destination of all links posted and ties together spam accounts this way. They may also be working with bit.ly to give them this info, since they are the "official" URL shortener of twitter.

    It's just part of Twitter marketing. Your click counts will be VERY artificially inflated by bot traffic. The bot traffic tends to drop off within an hour or so of first appearing in search, but so does the human traffic :). Just filter them out of your stats. Here are just some of the bots that visited one of my sites from Twitter in the last 3 hours:

    Googlebot
    Yahoo! Slurp
    Cuil Robot
    FAST Crawler
    GingerCrawler/1.0 (Language Assistant for Dyslexics; http://www.gingersoftware.com/crawler_agent.htm; support at ginger software dot com)
    MSN Robot
    Yandex Robot
    Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Exabot/3.0; http://www.exabot.com/go/robot)
    Baidu Spider
    Alexa Robot
    Sogou Spider
    Yahoo! Image Crawler
    Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Exabot/3.0 (BiggerBetter); http://www.exabot.com/go/robot)
    AskJeeves Robot
    SurveyBot
    Perl LWP
    Sosospider
    Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; DotBot/1.1; http://www.dotnetdotcom.org/, crawler@dotnetdotcom.org)
    ScoutJet
    KaloogaBot
    MJ12bot
    Netcraft Spider
    Entireweb Robot
    Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.2.1; aggregator:Spinn3r (Spinn3r 3.1); http://spinn3r.com/robot) Gecko/20021130
    Discobot
    Snapbot
    Larbin
    Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; 008/0.83; http://www.80legs.com/spider.html;) Gecko/2008032620
    Sogou-Test-Spider/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.5; Windows 98)
    Google Feedfetcher
    SimilarPages/Nutch-1.0-dev (SimilarPages Nutch Crawler; http://www.similarpages.com; info@similarpages.com)
    robotgenius (http://robotgenius.net)
    mmonitor/Nutch-1.0 (MarkMonitor Robots; http://www.markmonitor.com; tlin@markmonitor.com)
    kindsight/Nutch-1.0 (kscrawler; http://www.projectrialto.com; crawler@projectrialto.com)
    Sogou develop spider/4.0( http://www.sogou.com/docs/help/webmasters.htm#07)
    MSIE Crawler
    MSR-ISRCCrawler
    Yetibot
    Picsearch Robot
    Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.8.1.8) NXS-Crawler-09
    YahooSeeker
     
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  6. kayzne

    kayzne Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Someone who agrees with me :)