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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Bots in the Twittersphere

A quite interesting view of Bots in the twittersphere.  From PEW below.  Useful definitions.   Which points out that they are not close to mostly out to make mischief, but also a useful part of the infrastructure.   Call them automated accounts if you like.  Just like there are many, many automated systems out there,  which query their environment and some action:  assisting, adapting, counting, sensing .....  You could call it all an IOB  (internet of Bots)  Some human,  some machine, some sensor ...  simple and complex.  Makes me think about about the detection of intent.   Can we measure the intent of an automated bot?    By its actions, developers?

A considerable piece of work below that made methink ... read it all:

Bots in the Twittersphere
An estimated two-thirds of tweeted links to popular websites are posted by automated accounts – not human beings .... " 

      ... By Stefan Wojcik, Solomon, Messing  AAron Smith, Lee Arainie and Paul Hitlin

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