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TWITTER: THE DARK SIDE
Bit.ly’s BOTS vs. HUMANS Clicks Ratio by Google's AdSense!

Over 95% of all traffic on Twitter is automated generated garbage, bots powered, sub-human world of pings and clicks, redirectors, spam and storages of endless bytes. All these activities cost money, waste energy and, yes, pollute!

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Twitter: The Dark Side Study

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Twitter: The Dark Side | Bit.ly’s BOTS vs. HUMANS Clicks Ratio

The purpose of this experiment was to compare Bit.ly’s analytics data with our own URL shortener and AdSense data from the blog used in the Experiment. We used a classical music blog at http://operalady.blogspot.com/ where we had AdSense analytics installed and a Twitter account of our friend, a young lady named Lorenza Bladuzzi @ http://twitter.com/LaQuotidienne who also writes the Opera Lady Blog.

We used LadyQ’s blog entries and created various short links for her blog entries. For example for Blog Entry:

The Queen of Night aria from The Magic Flute whose long URL is:

http://operalady.blogspot.com/2009/07/mozart-god-of-music-queen-of-night-aria.html

we created three (3) Bit.ly short URLs:

http://bit.ly/D5UEn

http://bit.ly/ladyq1

http://bit.ly/ladyq2 (these three Bit.lys created aggregate link bit.ly/GuHDd)

and

two Dac.im short URLs for the same long:

http://dac.im/C000  

http://dac.im/C00X.

We ran our own bot, created for this experiment, and tweeted on LadyQ’s Twitter account for about 13 days, and during that period we’ve posted 845 tweets.

For that time Bit.ly registered an aggregate number of 2,852 total clicks on all LadyQ’s tweets. Dac.im registered a total of 3,449 clicks. Compare these data with AdSense Analytics:

 

Date

Channel

Impres.

Clicks

Page CTR

Page eCPM

9/14/2009

LadyQ’s Blog

37

0

0.00%

0.15

9/15/2009

LadyQ’s Blog

23

1

4.35%

0.55

9/16/2009

LadyQ’s Blog

21

1

4.76%

10.01

9/17/2009

LadyQ’s Blog

22

1

4.55%

2.22

9/18/2009

LadyQ’s Blog

31

0

0.00%

0.22

9/19/2009

LadyQ’s Blog

27

0

0.00%

0.12

9/20/2009

LadyQ’s Blog

40

0

0.00%

0.1

9/21/2009

LadyQ’s Blog

21

0

0.00%

0

9/22/2009

LadyQ’s Blog

17

0

0.00%

0.17

9/23/2009

LadyQ’s Blog

21

0

0.00%

0.22

9/24/2009

LadyQ’s Blog

15

0

0.00%

0

9/25/2009

LadyQ’s Blog

16

1

6.25%

6.9

9/26/2009

LadyQ’s Blog

22

2

9.09%

10.4

Totals

 

313

6

 

 

Averages

 

24

0

1.92%

2.04

 

It is important to note that LadyQ – in comparable 13 days period before the Experiment, from September 1, 2009 to September 14, 2009 had an average of twenty (20) Page Impressions on AdSense per day so we assumed the same number of natural organic traffic during the project that leaves us with four (4) page impressions for a day, coming from Twitter.

The results coming from this Experiment are even worse than in the previous one.

Out of 2,852 clicks coming from all Bit.ly links created for this Experiment only 52 or 1.82% are to be assumed came from humans and staggering – even for Bit.ly’s erroneous, misleading statistics – 98.18% clicks presumably came from bots.

 

Bit.ly's Phantom Clicks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Imagine poor LadyQ and her disappointment. Twitter’s trusted URL shortener of choice, a fabled Bit.ly praised for its statistics and awashed in recent $10,000,000.00 venture capital investment told her she had 2,852 clicks on her blog entries, that her efforts have created new visitors, new friends, new followers, new readers when the truth as quite the opposite.
Her tweeting was like yelling in the middle of an Ocean, with no one to hear. How many advertisers and marketers, bloggers and twitters are also being deceived by egregiously exaggerated Bit.ly’s so-called “statistics”.
However, even these 52 “human” clicks LadyQ presumably received from Bit’ly have created a small slew of new followers. When we started this experiment LadyQ had 81 followers and 118 when it ended ergo 37 new followers appeared in her life. And as we all know, Twitter, as a Social Network is all about followers.

 

PART XV: TWITTER, The Dark Side - Insight Into Followers.

 

 



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