The perils of polling Twitter bots

Social media monitoring tools might promise plenty of bang but their ability to dissect Twitter accounts with large follower numbers is questionable.

Australia’s prime-minister-to-be and self-proclaimed non ‘tech-head’ Tony Abbott now has another title to add to his list; he’s now supposedly the Australian politician with the most fake followers on the Twittersphere.

But before we use this information to leap to any conclusions about Abbott’s real popularity with voters, it might be worthwhile taking a closer look at the validity of the report that pinned the title on him in the first place.


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