Is That Your Bot, or Are You Happy to See Me?


Oh, bother. “Only 35 percent of the average Twitter user’s followers are real people,” suggests a recent article in The New York Times. The rest? Bots or robots, of course. It seems that email bots, spam bots and other algorithmically driven software entities have been adjusted to hold conversations (too strong a word, really) — to tweet and retweet with us mortals. In my naivetĂ© I wondered but did not put a lot of mental energy into how my blog could get so many idiomatically correct and totally nonsensical comments.

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Is That Your Bot, or Are You Happy to See Me?

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