You followed my bot! Transforming robots into influential users in Twitter

In this paper, we inves­ti­gate if widely used influ­ence scores are vul­ner­a­ble and easy to manip­u­late. Our approach con­sists of devel­op­ing Twit­ter bot accounts able to inter­act with real users to ver­ify strate­gies that can increase their influ­ence scores accord­ing to dif­fer­ent sys­tems. Our results show that it is pos­si­ble to become influ­en­tial using very sim­ple strate­gies, sug­gest­ing that these sys­tems should review their influ­ence score algo­rithms to avoid account­ing with auto­matic activity.

Let’s Not Blame It All on Programmatic Buying

When I read that the Idea Lab “is perched on the 16th floor of the Times’ build­ing and com­mands an impres­sive view of the Hud­son river,” I asked myself, What floor are the ad sales peo­ple on?

Food companies work to make it look natural

They can’t change the fact that they’re mak­ing processed prod­ucts so they have to use these other tricks to pre­tend,” said Michele Simon, a pub­lic health lawyer and author of “Appetite for Profit: How the Food Indus­try Under­mines Our Health and How to Fight Back.”

Where do we go from here: “link rot” and atemporality

Sites on the web are defined by their web­ness – they hardly ever exist in iso­la­tion. You can reach them directly through the URLs you enter, but I think most of us access web­pages through hyper­links way more fre­quently. The pages almost always con­tain links of their own. Links are in many ways the mark­ers of the pres­ence of pages in the most fun­da­men­tal sense.

So what does it mean when those links decay?

Rocky Horror’ And Body Positivity At Midnight

Rocky Hor­ror shadow casts with plus-size per­form­ers reen­act­ing the scantily-clad antics of the film would cer­tainly seem to por­tray a pos­i­tive body rela­tion­ship, and those involved in these com­mu­ni­ties are noth­ing but enthu­si­as­tic about their experiences.