These bots are increasingly becoming like humans in their interaction with actual humans on social media.
Following bots on social media channels like Twitter may be doing you harm more than good if you are one who is on Twitter to gain knowledge and insights through people you follow.
Bots feed you with spam tweets which end up flooding your timeline and preventing you from getting useful tweets from your influential followers.
Here are signs you should look out for that may indicate you are giving an audience to these bot accounts.
A robot profile which are known to be bots will usually have that common default egg-shaped image as its avatar. And this is usually because hundreds or thousands of these type of accounts are created by the people, so they really do not have time for changing display pictures.
This is quite logical because only a small number of people would follow an account that they can’t relate with on a personal level.
This is pretty much something you would expect from a machine. Bot Twitter accounts usually give feedback almost instantly. They are programmed to reply or even retweet specific keywords which explains why they are very fast at responses.
If you have happened to see messages in repetitive patterns on your timeline, you are probably following a bot account, although regular users and brands on Twitter tend to tweet the same content multiple times so that many eyeballs can get to see it, for the purpose of trending. So it could be tricky to differentiate bots from actual users, except of course you know the brand or person.
Sometimes a bot could tweet or retweet random stuff in reply to a user’s post although they usually tend to make sense, so this alone might not be a good measure to detect a robot automated account.
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