Why do there have to be Twitter bots?
This post is about robot accounts, or fake accounts created for the sole purpose of following users. Perhaps you’ve been tempted to purchase Twitter followers? There are many reasons why people would want to buy followers but there are also many reasons NOT to purchase followers.
- Twitter is about forming relationships with real people. If you followed these people personally, you probably know their interests , which tweets will appeal to them, and which ones they will retweet for you.
- While a large number of followers are impressive, if they don’t share your content, you might as well be talking to a brick wall.
- If your target market is geographically local to you, buying Twitter followers will not help. You may get followers in the US, but there’s no way to purchase followers in your geographic location. Many companies that sell Twitter followers don’t offer US only, if you purchase followers, you get what you get.
I could list more reasons why you don’t want to purchase Twitter followers, but the real reason for the post is to show you how to tell the difference between an account created and used by a living person and one that is a bot account created for the sole purpose of inflating numbers.
Now that you’ve watched the video, do you feel more or less confused? If you interact with another Twitter account that has been “infiltrated” by a bot account that does not mean your account is at risk. As long as you know you are following a real person, you should be fine. You would have to click on a link or install an application to infect your account. I can say I have followed Twitter’s instructions for “cleaning” my account and it’s still behaving badly so there’s got to be something wonky somewhere! Have you experienced problems with bots? I’d like to hear your story!