There are any number of bots (i.e. robots) on Twitter. These are accounts that are programmed to tweet when they find a certain term. Send a tweet out about iPad and you will immediately see a bunch of spam tweets responding to yours.
I re-tweeted a post about the top WordPress plugins on 3/30, and a friend RT’d it. An account called @DesignEcho re-tweeted that one and added the hashtag #Design. @DesignEcho is using Twitterfeed (a sure sign of a scheduled tweet). The first instance of the RT was at 6:45pm.
Unfortunately for it, the bot then continued RT’ing its own tweet at 7:16pm, 9:51pm, 11:21pm, and 11:52pm. It looked like this by the end:
evolutionfilesMar 30, 5:36pm via TweetDeck
RT @anitasearchguru @bkmacdaddy: Top 100 #WordPress Plugins – The Best Of The Rest goo.gl/Dvnxt
Design_EchoMar 30, 6:45pm via twitterfeed
RT @evolutionfiles RT @anitasearchguru @bkmacdaddy: Top 100 #WordPressPlugins – The Best Of The Rest ht…
Design_EchoMar 30, 7:16pm via twitterfeed
RT @Design_Echo RT @evolutionfiles RT @anitasearchguru @bkmacdaddy: Top 100 #WordPress Plugins – The Bes.
Design_EchoMar 30, 9:51pm via twitterfeed
Design_EchoMar 30, 10:21pm via twitterfeed
Design_EchoMar 30, 10:52pm via twitterfeed
RT @Design_Echo RT @Design_Echo RT @Design_Echo RT @Design_EchoRT @evolutionfiles RT @anitasearchguru @…
I noticed all these tweets because on both HootSuite and TweetDeck
I have a column for mentions of my Twitter handle (screen name).
Bots are mostly built to send out spam or because the actual person isn’t interested in actually talking to people on Twitter. I tend to block bot accounts when I find them. This one is following @evolutionfiles, not me.