Twitter is Weird


hurry and follow @planarrowspace!

What is Twitter for?


(Twitter is a web site.)

OKAY BUT HOW DO I GET MORE FOLLOWERS THOUGH

Method 1: Be interesting


Works well for Perry, Bieber; less so for Obama.

Alternatively, These Thirteen Twitter Secrets Will Amaze You - Homeless Grandmother's Libido Weight-Loss Miracle!

TOO HARD OKAY NEXT

Method 2: Buy bot followers


e.g., $5 for 10k followers on fiverr

BUT THEY'RE NOT REAL PEOPLE THOUGH

Method 3: Interact with people


IRL (!?), @messaging, etc.

AIN'T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT

Method 4: The Singularity


24% of tweets are from bots.

∴ Become a bot yourself.

YES THIS IS WHAT I'VE ALWAYS DREAMED OF


#fail

Robo-Holla'ing at Twitter Users (w/out sounding like Eliza)


Auto-fave v.2013: "Twitter Should Shut Me Down"

Now: Totes shut down.

Auto-fave v.2014: there's some other one

OKAY FAVING IS LAME THOUGH I WANT FOLLOWS

The follower of my follower

is my friend...

briefly



PLUS: improved experiment (thanks to heartbleed)


TwitterAPI


twitter.api.request('followers/ids')

twitter.api.request('followers/ids',
{'user_id': myfollower})

twitter.api.request('friendships/create',
{'user_id': tofollow})

twitter.api.request('friendships/destroy',
{'user_id': tounfollow})

Results


April 18 to May 10 (≅3 weeks)

followed 687, unfollowed 487 (still follow 200* on May 20)


BUT HOW MANY FOLLOWED BACK THOUGH


70 of the 687, 47 of the 487, 23 of the 200 (as of May 18)

That's about 10%


* Some ppl you can't even follow (only 187 actual follows).

Upsides?


  • Slightly (slightly) less filter bubble?
  • Learn about weird twitter services:
    • truetwit.com
    • unfollowspy.com
    • unfollowers.com
    • justunfollow.com
    • opensiteexplorer.com
      • that last one just happened
      • to be on the same sticky note
  • FOLLOWERS DUH

Downsides?


  • porn accounts exist on twitter?!?!?!
  • emo-bots? is this even related?

fin

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