Clicks or Click Fraud?
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Twitter: The Dark Side Study
- EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
- INTRO to SOCIAL NETWORKING
- Human Society as Social Medium
- Networking at the Speed of Light
- Man I Need Coffee so Bad
- WELCOME to REAL-TIME WORLD
- The First Tweet?
- Businesses Emerge
- CLICK FRAUD - THE DARK SIDE
- URL Shortener
- Bit.ly’s Vulnerabilities
- Bit.ly – Twitter’s choice
- Tricky Analytics
- Twitter's ECO Footprint
- Are We Getting Stupider?
- Twitter Frenzy
- What Kind of Future with Twitter?
- EXPERIMENTS - Bit.ly Validity
- BOTS vs. HUMANS ratio
- BOTS vs. HUMANS by AdSense
- Insight Into Followers
- Bots Folllowing Bots Following Bots
- Christians Following Porn Bots
- Celebrities - Bots of the Worst Kind
- Celebrity Poluters
- Obama Girl?
- Direct Messaging Value
- MILLION CLICKS - ZERO HUMANS
- BOTS vs. HUMANS IPA Analysis 1
- Followers Breakdown
- BOTS vs. HUMANS IPA Analysis 2
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Twitter: The Dark Side | CONCLUSION
Twitter might be a fad, yet another Internet time drain that provokes questions like: “Why don’t we hear about meaningful projects that actually do something useful?” or it could become the best next thing that would change the Internet as we know it, but its future was not the primary concern of our Experiments.
The key findings of our experiment – enormous discrepancy between the published bit.ly’s statistics and the reality behind it – created an urgent need for a standardization of URL shorteners and honest, peer reviewed, analytical tools that advertisers can trust. Bit.ly is not alone; there are more than 100 URL shortening services on-line and each one of them could be used to plant malicious codes and to infect user’s computer, or to steal her or his data or even identity.
For less malevolent purposes like honest advertising and or tracking, URL shorteners need to have a standard that would clearly identify a creator of the short link and who clicked on the said link, or at least to clearly distinguish automated, bots generated clicks from a real, human clicks.
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Do you know where your clicks are coming from? Bit.ly sure as hell does not.
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