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[liberationtech] Twitter Underground Market Research - pdf

Bernard Tyers ei8fdb at ei8fdb.org
Mon Jun 3 10:47:50 PDT 2013


Hello Andrea,

Thanks for sending the presentation. Very interesting.

I have a few questions:

- how did you calculate the "variable cost" for creating a Twitter account and a Facebook account?
- why the difference in cost of creation of each? (Maybe I am missing something obvious...)
- is it possible to quantify the negative effect of a popular twitter account (ending Mercedes Benz, or some celebrity) being exposed as buying followers? (i.e.: does anyone care?)
- what do you think it the affect is on the reputation of the account owner? Is it possible to prove a user did not buy followers? As in, is it possible to prove someone else bought the followers for another account?

Thanks very much!

Bernard

Andrea St <andst7 at gmail.com> wrote:
>Dear friends,
>
>Two weeks ago we presented at Nexa For Internet & Society our Research
>about Twitter and underground market.
>Now you can download here:
>http://nexa.polito.it/nexacenterfiles/lunch-11-de_micheli-stroppa.pdf
>
>
>Our research on Nyt part1:
>http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/05/fake-twitter-followers-becomes-multimillion-dollar-business/
>Our research on Nyt part2 :
>http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/25/researchers-call-out-twitter-celebrities-with-suspicious-followings/
>
>Now we're working on Facebook. If you have any idea or you would like
>to get in touch my email is: andst7 at gmail.com
>
>Best,
>A
>
>-- 
>Andrea Stroppa
>http://huffingtonpost.com/andrea-stroppa
>@andst7
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