From glitch girl MC Mclure's Twitter feed:
...MORE (thread)So I don't know what I was expecting to find with this "experiment". It was half a joke. The other half was basically "I wonder what will happen".— mcc (@mcclure111) June 26, 2019
But I *did* find something. Something really interesting.
*Twitter has an algorithm that creates harassment all by itself* https://t.co/uSoQtYUqNiSo get this. I make the tweet. The first hundred or so are my followers over an hour or so. The next hundred are more followers trickling in overnight.— mcc (@mcclure111) June 26, 2019
But then it *kept coming*. Another hundred from people I don't know. Don't follow me. Mostly people with very low following#? pic.twitter.com/52hLvrnQ3ONormally I'd assume that's RTs. But what makes the "do not read the replies" tweet an interesting test case is it has *very* few RTs, and ~few favs.— mcc (@mcclure111) June 26, 2019
That second lady's instructive. She doesn't follow anyone who RTed *or* faved the tweet. But *does* follow someone who *replied*Clearly what Twitter's doing is finding people with low-flow timelines & filling space in with "high engagement" tweets ("things you're likely to reply to too"). This tells us 2 things— mcc (@mcclure111) June 26, 2019
- It's not just "favs are RTs" now; REPLIES might be RTs too
- TWITTER HAS AUTOMATED PILEONS