Enterprise Irregulars: Is That Your Bot, or Are You Happy to See Me?

InsightaaS: Leading software analyst Denis Pombriant, in the excellent Enterprise Irregulars blog site, explores the implications of a recent New York Times article claiming that only 35% of Twitter followers are real people, finding that "the amount of additional friction we’re beginning to encounter provides significant headwind to grand internet strategies and will most likely add cost to what we do there, not to mention the rising risk of fraud."

Oh, bother.  A recent article in the New York Times, suggests that "only 35 percent of the average Twitter user’s followers are real people."  The rest?  Bots or robots, of course.  It seems that email bots, spam bots and other algorithmically driven software have been adjusted to hold conversations (too strong a word, really), to Tweet and Re-Tweet with us mortals.

In my naiveté I had wondered but not put a lot of mental energy into, how my blog could get so many idiomatically correct and totally nonsensical comments...

Read the entire post: http://www.enterpriseirregulars.com/65261/is-that-your-bot-or-are-you-happy-to-see-me/