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Word of the Day: SocialBot

Posted By Barry Ritholtz On August 13, 2013 @ 10:30 am In UnGuru,Web/Tech | Comments Disabled

 

This morning, I get a tweeted at by a guy with over 100,000 twitter followers, but less than 10,000 Tweets.

Which coincidentally leads me to today’s WOTD from From wordspy [1]:

socialbot [1]
n. An automated software program designed to mimic a real person on a social networking site. Also: social bot.

Example Citations:

Now come socialbots. These automated charlatans are programmed to tweet and retweet. They have quirks, life histories and the gift of gab.

—Ian Urbina, “I Flirt and Tweet. Follow Me at #Socialbot. [2],” The New York Times, August 10, 2013
Now a group of freelance Web researchers has created more sophisticated Twitter bots, dubbed “socialbots,” that can not only fool people into thinking they are real people, but also serve as virtual social connectors, speeding up the natural rate of human-to-human communication.

—Mike Orcutt, “Twitter Bots Create Surprising New Social Connections [3],” Technology Review, January 23, 2012

 

See the full annotated definition at wordspy [1].


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[1] wordspy: http://www.wordspy.com/words/socialbot.asp

[2] I Flirt and Tweet. Follow Me at #Socialbot.: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/11/sunday-review/i-flirt-and-tweet-follow-me-at-socialbot.html?pagewanted=all

[3] Twitter Bots Create Surprising New Social Connections: http://www.technologyreview.com/news/426668/twitter-bots-create-surprising-new-social-connections/

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