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YouTube Finally Ditches the 301+ View Count

YouTube Finally Ditches the 301+ View Count

The 301+ tyranny is over. YouTube has announced that it’s doing away with the dastardly practice of assigning the “301+” view count on popular new videos. As YouTube explains in the above image, the 301+ placeholder count was instituted with good intentions. When a popular video was acquiring views at a rapid rate, YouTube paused everything at 301 while it …

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Instagram Has a Bot Problem, Despite ‘Purge’, Say Researchers

Instagram Has a Bot Problem, Despite ‘Purge’, Say Researchers

After looking at over 10.2 million accounts and studying the behavior of 20,000 purchased fake accounts, some Italian researchers have concluded that Instagram still has a bot problem. How bad is it? According to security researcher Andrea Stroppa, it’s not great. He says that up to 8 percent of Instagram’s over 300 million users are bots. This, despite a concerted …

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Most of Your Traffic Is Human, Says comScore

Good news, everyone! Unless you’re one of the unlucky few publishers on the wrong end of the spectrum, chances are good that the vast majority of your traffic is living, breathing humans. Among the top 85% of publishers comScore looked at, the instance of NHT, or Non-Human Traffic, was under 5 percent. Per comScore: “There are many high quality publishers …

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Twitter Says It Has About 23 Million Active Bots [UPDATED]

UPDATE: To clarify Twitter’s statement in the filing, the (up to) 8.5 percent of accounts that “automatically contacted our servers for regular updates without any discernable additional user-initiated action” could include apps pulling content and displaying it without manual user action. It doesn’t necessarily mean posting to Twitter without user-initiated action, like a bot. The 8.5 percent is also a …

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Bots Now Outnumber Humans On The Web

The Internet is the greatest communication tool that mankind has ever invented. As of June 30, 2012, there were almost 2.5 billion humans connected to the Internet. That number has most assuredly risen significantly since then thanks to the proliferation of mobile devices in emerging markets, like China and India. Even then, it would appear that we’re still in the …

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The Bot Pandemic Is Hurting Online Advertisers

Facebook advertising has had its fair share of problems. Major players like General Motors have pulled ads from the social network claiming that they don’t work. They eventually went back, but others have expressed similar frustrations. One such company, Limited Run, took it a step further and claimed that bots were responsible for 80 percent of their ad clicks. Limited …

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Twitter Tops 500 Million Users; “Users” is a Loose Term, of Course

Social media “users,” as we are all well aware, can have quite the variance to the amount of “use” they give to the social network in question. Not only that, but the word “user” doesn’t even necessitate any human element. So, with thoughts of bots and inactive human users rattling around your brain, it looks like Twitter has finally crossed …

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Bot or Not Lets You Test the Human Element in Any Twitter Account

If you’re active on Twitter, you’ve probably encountered plenty of bots – fake users that spam the hell out of you with links, free iPad offers, and other dubious things. These accounts are just a part of the Twitter experience, and many times they are incredibly easy to spot. But sometimes you’re up in the air about whether an account …

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