The rise of Twitter bots

New Yorker :: Last Tuesday, Google decided that I was a spammer, and I lost access to my e-mail for twelve hours. It was my fault. One of my Twitter accounts, RealHumanPraise, was mentioned on “The Colbert Report,” where I work as a writer, at 11:46 P.M. In the course of the next hundred and twenty seconds, it acquired over two thousand followers.

Read Rob Dubbin, www.newyorker.com