An Internet Bot, also known as web robot, WWW robot or simply bot, is a software application that runs automated tasks over the Internet.
In January, The New York Times published an article entitled “Buying Online Influence From a Shadowy Market, Fake Followers Are Counterfeit Coins in a Booming Social Media Economy.”
Several of my students’, understandably so were quite freaked out and cut out the article and gave it to me in class. After reading it and giving the article some thought, it is my hope that you find what I have to say helpful and quell your fears.
- Know exactly who your audience is.
- Meet your audience (your friends, fans, and followers) in real life.
- Never pay for lists.
- Review your friends, followers and fans often enough so that if you do not recognize a name, you can Block it.
- Educate your friends who continue to send out group email to use Bcc: (blind carbon copy).
Remember that there is no shortcut to being popular. If something is too good to be true, It Is!