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The next step in the evolution of association on the Internet is to re-create this experience in filtering people out, not filtering them in. In the realm of romance, it’s actually quite difficult to drum up affinities without powerful software. But in the realms of politics, culture, and identity, it’s much easier. You don’t need an elegant app or an expertly assembled bot to find your team, tribe, or community online. You just need Reddit, or Twitter, or Facebook, or Tumblr—the list goes on and on. It’s just because community formation is so easy that we have so many battling clans online. And since it’s so much easier to tune in friendly people than tune out hostile ones, we’re stuck with an Internet aswarm with verbal combat, battles every bit as dangerous as anti-liberal pessimists like Thomas Hobbes envisioned in the absence of an all-powerful overseer. (James Poulos, The Daily Beast)
The process of telling the difference is tricky, according to Dr. Steven Gianvecchio, co-author of the paper “Detecting Automation of Twitter Accounts: Are You a Human, Bot, or Cyborg?”
“I think that one of the problems you run into with Twitter is there are a lot of shades of grey,” he said.
Dr. Gianvecchio said sometimes accounts are partially automated, like if someone auto-tweets their blog. And most people don’t have a problem with that sort of automation. (Seth Kelley, Marketplace.org)