Conservatives excel -- at cheating
Not really a surprise. Natural progression for the "right" to make from astroturfing to astrotweeting with fake accounts.
Political groups have been caught red-handed trying to create a false sense of grassroots momentum on Twitter.Again, not a shock. Cons have been gaming the system all the back to the early days of blogging when they figured out how to raise their ranking in the in the TTLB Ecosystem. Seems like light years ago when that was the barometer of internet success.
The discovery made by Indiana University's Truthy data mining tool is just the latest example of how activists are using social networks to their advantage. [...]
One blatant example the team unearthed came from the Twitter accounts @PeaceKaren_25 and @HopeMarie_25.
Both tweeted the same 20,000 messages that included links to gopleader.gov and the Twitter handle belonging to Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), helping to increase the popularity of those links on Twitter and in Google searches.[...]
So far, Truthy's examples of Twitter astroturfing all lean right, a fact the researchers attribute that to the popularity of conservative activism in this election cycle.