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How much of the #followback activity on Twitter is driven by bots? As it turns out, quite a lot: 62.9% of tweets sent in the last week containing #followback, #follow4follow, #followforfollow, or #f4f were tweeted via automation tools.

cc: @ZellaQuixote
We found 1551 mostly or fully automated accounts using #followback, #follow4follow, #followforfollow, or #f4f. Twittbot(dot)net is the most popular automation tool, and the majority of the accounts tweet in English or Japanese.
These 1551 accounts do not appear to be a single operation, but we can find multiple smaller networks based on the tweets repeated across accounts. Each cluster is a potential botnet (some of the loosely-connected ones are false positives.) We took a closer look at four of them.
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If you're looking for #coronavirus profiteers that will also load up your account with useless followers, this is the botnet for you. #SundaySpam #coronagrift

cc: @ZellaQuixote
This network consists of three mixed English/Japanese accounts (@MoreOker, @MoreThanBetter4, and @MostOkest) with various #Followback hashtags on their profiles. They tweet 24/7 via "Botbird Tweets", with (possibly) organic tweets via Twitter Web App thrown in.
The bulk of this network's tweets occurred during one of two spikes in activity. The first was a barrage of #followback tweets sent around the new year via Twitter Web App, and the second (late Feb-March) is round-the-clock automated tweets hawking face masks and hand sanitizer.
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Are these spambots? Survey says yes! #SaturdaySpam

cc: @ZellaQuixote
We found a network of 20 automated accounts, all spamming Korean hashtags with an embedded phone number via twittbot(dot)net. All but two were created in 2019, with the network first tweeting in August 2019 and slowly scaling up output.
These accounts are incredibly repetitive, with each account having a specific tweet that it tweets over and over, varying only the final portion consisting of random-looking letters and numbers. Tables of @q33soc and @vbvaldo's repeated tweets are provided as examples.
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1/ At Savers Health And Beauty @SaversHB #valentinesday #wednesdaywisdom #ff

Davidoff Coolwater 75ml Man £19.99
40ml M, 30ml F, Wave 50ml F £14.99

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Burberry Giftsets £29.99

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Olay Twin Pack £9.99
Regime giftset £15.99
@SaversHB 3/ Comparison info
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50ml £32 Fragrance Shop

Jasper Conran Black £30 Debenhams
Naked/Ice £35 Lloyd's pharmacy, Next
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Anna Sui Romantica £24.99 Amazon
La Nuit £39 Debenhams
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After the #MetPolice tried & failed to frame me & after ex #MetPoliceUK turned private investigators @Surelock_ tried & failed to frame me & my mum, attempt number 3 was #EE & #UKMail. I had never used @EE but they made me their customer

#SwitchtoO2 #o2 #Vodafone #Three #LBC
#EE said I had ordered mobile phones & sim cards & #UKMail said they had delivered them to me (with me showing my passport) at home. I did neither. I didn't order any mobiles & I didn't receive any mobiles. It was a complete stitch up

#dontbuythesun #c4news #r4today #itvnews
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1 / Digital political activism: I have been slowly populating this chart with relevant twitter accounts. The reason I have been putting work on this is because the effectiveness of political action depends on two things:…
1 / First, the existence and following of authoritative sources (hierarchical structure). Second, fast viralization (anarchic or horizontal structure). At the viral level, the best number of cross-followings ranges from a few hundred to less than 2K.
2 / The immense majority of those creating viral action are NOT opinion-makers. They don't generate original content and they shouldn't: that is the prerogative of authoritative sources (qualified individuals, organizations, etc). Their role is to effectively spread content.
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Published AUG 2016 after #Bernie flipped and slammed Hillary … @ericgarland THREAD what we (#ProDemocracy) had been watching. America doesn’t just have a problem with #Fascist#Trumpies on Right THEY have problem at other side of political Horseshoe too
2019 Update.. SO America believed about the #Trump #Fascist #RightWingers .. enough to elect a DEM house (finally after 8 yrs) and they have gone to work for #WeThePeople as @RepCummings showed the country yesterday. At their THIRD Hearing. First was Report CHILD MURDER by TRUMP
NOW it’s up to us to expose the #AltLEFT or as we #ProDemocracy centrists call it. Just the other face of the PUTIN puppet show. Remember how #Bernie has ‘always’ been nonaligned? Then said he was DEM in 2018. Don’t believe it. He is PUTINS #FallbackGuy ASK @20committee for def
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# Exploring Tweetbonds

Continuing speculations on building an informal economy of sorts using standard Twitter functions only.

See the below for the initial draft, though Ive evolved the idea since then
If someone deletes a Reply to you, there is no record that such a Reply ever existed(*). One could of course make a screenshot (aka screencap) but screenshots can be faked to say whatever you want.

(*) Actually, twitter may retain the Reply, I dunno.
Quote Tweets (QTs) are a different matter. A nested set of QTs, entered in reverse order & punctuated in specific ways, can be made 'secure' in the sense that

1) You can't add to the initial tweet, and
2) You can't add to the final tweet w/o some break in a punctuation protocol.
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The Democrats have established their platform and they are working it. It may not seem like much but we all know hate is a powerful motivator. So we cannot become complacent. We must get down to business and ready for midterms. “What do we need to do you say?” Glad you asked. 1
2 Ready your #2018Election network by adding #MAGA voters. Mad Dog has this wonderful #TrumpTrain already up and running. Keep retweeting (RT) it weekly. Check under the RTs and follow those folks. #Followback (FB) people who have followed you.
3 Don’t get hung up if someone hasn’t followed you back. It could be they have simply missed you (speaking from experience). They could be stuck at the twitter bottleneck. There are a number of innocent reasons. Your time is more valuable. #2018Elections
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Exclusive: Watch the birth of a bot!!

Step 1: Create an account - notice @scootersaunders & @kelliebitter - Kell was born last month, but Scooter was born today, happy birthday!
Step 2:

Find a friend -

It's hard to make friends when you're 1 day old, so you call @RyanAFournier - who will follow you. Then Ryan's friend Kellie comes to play too. Notice it says 4 followers - but only shows 2 because 'you won't see suspected spam..'
Step 3: #followback

The bot to bot interaction is highly understated. Bots have bot friends - bots love to communicate with each other - RT/Fav etc

The next step is to follow the people you just met - so you follow ryan back

Notice Kellz and Scooter both follow each other
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1/Are you doing enough to SECURE your Virtual self?
Here's some more suggestions
Summon your inner OCD

#GeeksResist w/precision
2/I work in IS for a Hospital system
I protect patient/employee data professionally
The best protections still have flaws
Minimize your risk
3/Lets break down this great list…
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