posted on Jul, 11 2013 @ 11:14 AM
reply to post by DuneKnight
The biggest problem that I can see with trying to use something like Twitter to gauge the volatility of an area is the usage of "sock puppets" on the
site. Basically, twitter accounts seem to be automated and used to make an individual (or entity's) opinion seem to be held by a multitude. The
difference between a sock puppet and an actual user of Twitter would be that the sock puppets function instantaneously, with exact wording (and not as
a RT), and, very key--they never sleep
. So, if one is looking at instances of a specific opinion, one has to account for sock puppets that may
falsely amplify the numbers holding that opinion. It's a really creepy thing to consider as it essentially attempts to create an echo chamber to
perhaps encourage fence sitters to a specific viewpoint through the premise that a majority hold that opinion. An even scarier question would be,
were there any sock puppets at work in Egypt?
I actually caught via screenshot a slew of them and investigated the account activity for each to that absolutely indicated that they were not, in
fact, human. However, I must've rubbed the puppet master the wrong way as the image is now removed off of my blog. (Way to censor publicly available
via host information, Google--don't be evil).
This is why I don't use twitter.
Add: This guy's image wasn't taken down: mikecanex.files.wordpress.com...
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