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(UPI)   Now that Twitter has been taken over by bots, it's just a matter of time citizen before your Twitter number is up   (upi.com ) divider line
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2014-08-13 02:34:07 PM  
And they still can't find Sarah Connor.
 
2014-08-13 03:58:59 PM  
Twitter is for Twits.
 
2014-08-13 04:03:22 PM  
It's pretty easy to tell who is using a bot to auto-post. It's usually a conceptual account like 'The 1960's in Pictures' @1960spics, and you'll gradually notice that the things they post repeat themselves like songs on a classic rock radio station. If it bothers you, just don't follow them.

The ones that annoy me the most are the porn site Twitter accounts that follow you in spite of no apparent connection to them. They don't do any harm, but I assume they are hoping you follow them back and check out their site.
 
2014-08-13 04:25:19 PM  
I understood the fascination for Facebook, but I just never figured it out for Twitter. Maybe because I could never find the # on my cell phone keyboard or something.
 
2014-08-13 04:32:42 PM  

SquiggsIN: Am I the only person left who still thinks Twitter will fall off like Myspace?  I just don't get its draw.


Have you heard about the media blackout in Ferguson? Arab Spring?

When all other news outlets fail, there is Twitter to quickly disseminate information to the world. All you need is a cell data connection.

I found out about Robin Williams a full 30-45 minutes before it showed up on Fark. It's really just a way to put information out to the world (whatever that information may be) in a quick and concise manner.
 
2014-08-13 04:32:51 PM  

pkellmey: I understood the fascination for Facebook, but I just never figured it out for Twitter. Maybe because I could never find the # on my cell phone keyboard or something.


*ahem*
"Poop is coming out."
Ta-da!
 
2014-08-13 04:57:08 PM  
img.fark.net
 
2014-08-13 05:06:23 PM  

cgraves67: The ones that annoy me the most are the porn site Twitter accounts that follow you in spite of no apparent connection to them.


i.imgur.com
 
2014-08-13 05:14:10 PM  
I have a twitter account only because I didn't want anyone else taking my name. I have zero tweets and zero followers.

I appreciate that some people enjoy reading every random thought that pops into some celebrity's head, but I personally don't see the appeal.
 
2014-08-13 05:15:23 PM  
I stand corrected. I have 8 tweets in 7 years I'd forgotten about.. And 10 apparent bot followers.
 
2014-08-13 05:49:55 PM  

cgraves67: @1960spics


Hey buddy, that's not cool.
 
2014-08-13 05:56:31 PM  

HotWingConspiracy: cgraves67: @1960spics

Hey buddy, that's not cool.


XD
 
2014-08-13 06:29:52 PM  
Time for Twiiter to die.
Facebook, too.
 
2014-08-13 07:03:19 PM  

pkellmey: I understood the fascination for Facebook, but I just never figured it out for Twitter. Maybe because I could never find the # on my cell phone keyboard or something.


The only reason I have a twitter account is to keep others from starting one with my email address.


You'd think this wouldn't be a problem, but people have signed up for cable, Pandora, bought plane tickets, etc. with my email address despite them not having any access to it (it's Gmail and I have two-factor authentication on).
 
2014-08-13 07:34:00 PM  
So when I tweet my drunken declarations of love to Drew Curtis, and he answers back about how we'll run off into the sunset together, does that mean I'm talking to a bot?
 
2014-08-13 08:43:47 PM  

pkellmey: I understood the fascination for Facebook, but I just never figured it out for Twitter. Maybe because I could never find the # on my cell phone keyboard or something.


Yeah, the # is buried on iOS. When Wolfram Alpha pulls up a keyboard it shows a custom job, you'd think Twitter could program the app to show their important charachters.
 
2014-08-13 08:49:48 PM  
Waldo Pepper:

Was there any benefit to you finding out about Robin Williams ahead of others?  

I don't get the twitter craze. Sure there are times it might be good such as the boston bombing or other live events. 

Way to much worthless fluff to be considered useful


98% of everything is useless. Why don't we all just live in grey boxes, with food pellets and hamster water bottles. Who wants to live in a world where everything serves a useful purpose?
 
2014-08-13 09:03:14 PM  

img.fark.net

 
2014-08-13 10:12:07 PM  

strangeluck: So when I tweet my drunken declarations of love to Drew Curtis, and he answers back about how we'll run off into the sunset together, does that mean I'm talking to a bot?


No, it's probably the real Drew. He had a reputation for leading people on.
 
2014-08-14 02:28:29 AM  
So Megatron's running Twitter now?
 
2014-08-14 02:41:04 AM  
Facebook is so I can see my brothers and sisters post pictures of my nieces and nephews.

Twitter is 98% crap, but it is a great flattener and lets me directly contact some people getting past various barriers.

Twitter can be a good way to send some legit feedback or ask a question of journalists and get a response that simply adding a facebook comment or disqus comment to their articles page never gets.

But it is mostly crap.
 
2014-08-14 08:37:26 AM  
Hey don't knock the bots, they make up about 90 percent of my followers.
 
2014-08-14 09:21:15 AM  
Twitter is a racist detection machine.

/ That is, it finds racists.
//  Not that it is racist.
///  Also the nude selfie feeds are good.
 
2014-08-14 09:50:55 AM  
More than 8 percent of active accounts tweet using third party apps and without any human intervention.

Just like the Politics tab.
 
2014-08-14 10:24:27 AM  

tricycleracer: More than 8 percent of active accounts tweet using third party apps and without any human intervention.

Just like the Politics tab.


Every so often I peek into the politics tab, and it usually looks like an Ebola outbreak mixed with a nuclear war.
 
2014-08-14 11:03:58 AM  
How many Fark accounts are bots?

/This one isn't.
//No, really, it's not.
///I swear.
 
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