For my technological social breach I decided to use twitter, since it was a platform I had little experience with but was somewhat aware of how it worked. I set up a simple bot using IFTTT, and connected it to a Twitter account I set up @BottingtonC. BottingtonC tracks things like my location, text msging, and likes on reddit and posts them in the vein of surveillance. Instead of tweeting to update people about my day, this surveillance bot tweets for me automatically. I’m breaching the use of twitter as a platform to follow others and gain followers, instead it is only following me. A detailed stream of location updates and tweets can be used to track someone, but in this case its the only use.
I also made an additional twitter account, @solitary_follow name “Only Follower” I had planned to automate it to find users with no followers and follow them, but stop following if they gained other followers. The automation proved difficult, as there is no way to search for people based on how few followers they have or how recently they made their accounts. So I decided to start out doing it myself, by searching for most recent tweets with “first tweet ever” and clicking each name to see who had 0 followers.
The intent of this account is to invert twitters ingrained system of focusing on popular accounts, while also potentially annoying people by pointing out their lack of followers. Is it better to have no followers or a solitary follow?