>> TWITTER SEC FILING SHOWS VAST NUMBERS OF BOTS
SPAM was just chopped pork, salt, water and modified potato starch?
There has always bean speculation about exactly how many twitter accounts
are actually not human - now there is an
SEC report stating exactly how many; and
it is a scary number. Has the Internet of Things played a big role in boosting
these numbers up? or did the company from the start inadvertently shoot
themselves in the foot with an open API from the start?
In the report; they state:
- Our metrics are also affected by third-party applications that
automatically contact our servers for regular updates with no user action
involved ... In the three months ended June 30, 2014, approximately 11% of
all active users solely used third-party applications to access Twitter.
However, only up to approximately 8.5% of all active users used third party
applications that may have automatically contacted our servers for regular
updates without any discernable additional user-initiated action.
That is a whopping 8.5% that have absolutely no human interaction associated
with tweets. Twitter themselves say they have 271 million active users - so
that would represent around 23 million bots currently sending automated
messages to the social network. Exactly how many of these are the result of
IoT projects tweeting - can there be a metric for IoT?
While there are many twitter bots for public service such as for flooding
(@floodalerts), earthquakes (@EarthquakesSF, @EarthquakesLA, @eqbot) and
weather (@wunderground) - there are a number of sample IoT projects that
show how to build your own tweeting devices.
I ran a story earlier specifically for a twitter like service for IoT
(dweet.io) - if people are that concerned about IoT SPAM on
twitter then maybe there should be a push to use a service such as
or, even setup a similar service using the same infrastructure.