What if your social IQ as measured by followers, re-posts, and retweets is bogus? “Social Bots” are non-human poseurs that follow, tweet, retweet, and siphon social bitstreams to game the ad-revenue system. In a stroke of Promethean irony celebrities and politicians now find a large percentage of their followers to be fake people.
Young researchers at Texas A&M and Indiana University have been working for years to detect fingerprints of social bots. Partially supported by DARPA, they recently posted a Web service called Bot, or Not (HERE) where you can enter any Twitter id to determine the likelihood it’s a Social Bot. Full disclosure…there’s a 34% chance that I’m not human.
For an interesting exposé see “How to Spot a Social Bot on Twitter.”