The Many Faces of a Botnet
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I’ve seen accounts with these characteristics in large continuous blocks of followers of US mainstream commercial public relations accounts. What purpose is served by having bot followers? Does it give an algorithmic advantage to hashtag trending efforts?

Examples:

@LearnSocMedia
@LeapWithTweets

NB You need to scroll down to see the bot followers. There are layers of normal followers and supporters at the top of the followers list.

Could follower list composition be used to ‘fingerprint’ account co-ordination?

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