The overall goal was to for each team to build a convincing bot, get human followers, and at a specified time, for everyone work together to make specific hashtags trend on twitter. So how to achieve that goal? Here’s an overview of what each team has worked on
- Build convincing avatars and use the high follower-counts as part of the disguise.
- Use machine learning to tell who’s a bot and who’s not (in order to focus only on humans and ignoring bots).
- Use natural language processing & machine learning to discover quality content to re-tweet and tweet.
- Use network theory, to explore the network surrounding existing followers, making sure that bot actions reach entire communities.