Using the data, I beganlooking more closely atmy new followers. It ...More
Using the data, I beganlooking more closely atmy new followers. It wasnot immediately clearfrom glancing at theirprofiles that they werejust bots. They all hadprofile images and screennames that didn'tnecessarily feelautomated. But lookingmore deeply, it was clearthat something was offabout their profiles. Thebios included randomsnippets of text fromwhat I suspected was abook or manuscript.Additionally, themajority of my new fanswere following vastlymore users than they had Less
Even more interesting, at least to me, was what my fake followers did for me. My Klout score almost instantly shot up.
I was not impressed by that until I realized that Microsoft's search engine, Bing, collaborates with Klout, so that a higher Klout score put me higher on Bing's search results. My completely fake numbers on one platform had a very real effect on a completely different service.
Using the data, I began looking more closely at my new followers. It was not immediately clear from glancing at their profiles that they were just bots. They all had profile images and screen names that didn't necessarily feel automated. But looking more deeply, it was clear that something was off about their profiles. The bios included random snippets of text from what I suspected was a book or manuscript. Additionally, the majority of my new fans were following vastly more users than they had