Socialbots and Their Friends: Digital Media and the Automation of Sociality 1st Edition

Ebook Details


Robert W. Gehl, Maria Bakardjieva

Year 2016
Pages 270
Publisher Routledge
Language en
ISBN 9781138639409
File Size 1.34 MB
File Format PDF
Download Counter 241
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Ebook Description

Many users of the Internet are aware of bots: automated programs that work behind the scenes to come up with search suggestions, check the weather, filter emails, or clean up Wikipedia entries. More recently, a new software robot has been making its presence felt in social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter – the socialbot. However, unlike other bots, socialbots are built to appear human. While a weatherbot will tell you if it's sunny and a spambot will incessantly peddle Viagra, socialbots will ask you questions, have conversations, like your posts, retweet you, and become your friend. All the while, if they're well-programmed, you won't know that you're tweeting and friending with a robot.