Wow, this is great data, finding all kinds of stuff.  These types of
spammers I think are going to be really easy to find with my
approach.  I'm going to have to tweak my knowledge base a bit but
that's ok, I think that this is actually going to work.  Thanks!

On Apr 9, 12:30 pm, Jerome Hughes <jro...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Jeff--
>
> while tweeting for the Chicago music club The Hideout, keep a close watch on
> a search of the term "hideout" and see plenty in that stream that qualifies
>
> many of these "sock puppets" have patterns to their names and flaky
> "interests" that don't quite fit in their bios
>
> they'll often RT a reputable publication's tweet about an article
> immediately after the reputable pub tweets it, see these when the article
> title includes the keyword "hideout"
>
> believe they're doing this to increase their "credibility" and have not yet
> figured out (or needed) to delay the RTs enough after the original tweet to
> make it look more like it's actually a real person
>
> a current example (about which I corresponded with the author just recently,
> he assured me that they are not doing it themselves, etc.)
>
> http://search.twitter.com/search?q=Inside+Gbagbo%27s+luxury+basement+...
>
> best,
>
> --Jerome Hughes
> @jromeh @hideoutchicago
>
> On Sat, Apr 9, 2011 at 11:10 AM, M. Edward (Ed) Borasky <
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> zn...@borasky-research.net> wrote:
>
> > On Sat, Apr 9, 2011 at 2:13 AM, Jeff Tucker <fred.f.cho...@gmail.com>wrote:
>
> >> Followers tweeting nonsense or just tweeting sentences that just don't
> >> quite fit with reality is exactly what I'm hoping to identify.  It's
> >> easy enough to find a known spammer and block them, but my hope is to
> >> identify a spam account before they ever actually send any links.
> >> There are certainly some categories of spammers that this approach
> >> will not work on, although they are easy enough to detect using other
> >> means.  I have observed a trend of bots that attempt to appear human
> >> and those are the ones that I hope to identify.  I will have something
> >> completed by about two weeks from now so I'll post with how effective
> >> it is.
>
> > Interesting - I haven't seen that type of bot following me in a long time.
> > Maybe the maker read
> >http://borasky-research.net/2011/02/18/this-is-not-the-blog-post-abou...and
> > put me on a "do not follow because he'll send my name to Twitter" list. ;-)
>
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