- Facebook concedes that 8.7 percent of accounts may be not real people (spam, pets, or duplicates).
- Limited Run cancelled their Facebook page recently, based partly on their own research which showed that 80% of the ad clicks they were paying Facebook for were coming from bots.
- Here's an experiment by the BBC that found that nearly all the Likes for an imaginary product were suspect.
OK, these numbers are so rough that they mean very little -- except that a significant amount of Facebook traffic is not real people. Expect to see more data on this in the next future. And see this post by Russ Bradberry on the simplereach blog for an explanation of why there might not be as many bots as some claim. -- Bill Paarlberg, Editor
(Thanks to http://declan.web44.net/images.html for the zombie robot image.)
Bill Paarlberg is editor of The Measurement Standard blog and newsletter, and of Katie Paine's book “Measure What Matters.” He is also editor of the book “Measuring the Networked Nonprofit,” by Beth Kanter and Katie Paine, which will be published this year by Wiley.
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