It’s all a lie!

Courtesy of Twitter we have an all new type of ‘Mini celebrity’, and they’re not even human! These popular Twitter personas often look like and act like the real deal, updating their feed multiple times a day with random facts, quotes, or humorous anecdotes. They are known as Twitterbots, created by programmers, scientists and many companies. Some created to ‘gauage how easily services that measure influence on Twitter could be manipulated’ (B Bosker 2013) others are created in order to spruik various services to Twitter users 24/7, some are sold to genuine users in order to boost their follower count bumping them up the twitter feed a little and giving the appearance that they are more popular than they really are. Some have become so popular that they have out followed Opra!. But while many of these account don’t do all that much, some of these accounts are truly amazing and can be rather entertaining to follow. So next time you are using your Twitter account and chose to follow someone’s account, might be worth doing a quick Google search on them, might turn out that they are really some Scientists in Ouro Preto and not really the sexy blond journalist in Rio de Janeiro you’ve been drooling over.

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6 thoughts on “It’s all a lie!

  1. This post is great! I love the incorporation of humour and that you have focused on one aspect of the content to be able to cover it properly. They used a similar process on Facebook in the lead up to ANZAC day by using the journals of real soldiers and nurses to tell their stories in real time (but exactly 100 years later). A really engaging and informative post, wonderful job!

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    • Why thank you 🙂 I do find it easier to pick one topic at a time rather than covering all of them, especially with the word limit. There is a lot of information to cover when it comes to Twitter. I didn’t realise that they had done that for ANZAC day! Do you know if the accounts are still up? That would have been very interesting to see.

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  2. Very good discussion about the twitterbots and the use of the link to provide more clarification and further reading! I never realised just how popular-if that’s even the right word- these twitterbots are, or how many people how been tricked by them. One point with your post I notices, is you might want to include the link to your references down the bottom for clarity’s sake 🙂 Happy posting!

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  3. A really informative post and good use of the meme to draw the audience in. You’ve explained what a Twitterbot is and the purpose that it serves on Twitter really well while also managing to incorporate some source material. However I think it would have helped if you made mention of a popular Twitterbot account, just to give your post a bit more depth and show the application of the theory. You can find a whole list of popular fake accounts here: http://mashable.com/2014/06/03/best-fake-twitter-accounts/

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  4. Interesting post, I love that you have explained the various uses of twitterbots. I feel like the increase of twitterbots is also increasing the number of trolls on twitter.
    Your point on how these are used to increase followers and popularity is really intriguing and does explain why some celebrities or mini celebrities gain a crazy amount of followers in such short amounts of time. I found a post on the 17 best bots on twitter http://qz.com/279139/the-17-best-bots-on-twitter/ – if you were ever interested.

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