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

Johnnatan Messias, Lucas Schmidt, Ricardo Oliveira, Fabrício Benevenuto, Transforming the Curriculum: South African Imperatives and 21st Century, Jul 03, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I have suggested that we can analyse ability and expertise by examining performance in social media. This article shows how far we have yet to go in realizing that possibility. "We created simple robots capable of interacting by means of Twitter accounts, and we measured how influential they were. Our results show that it is possible to become influential through simple strategies. This suggests that the systems do not have ideal means to measure and classify influence."

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