Nicholas A. Christakis+ Your Authors @NAChristakis Sterling Professor of Social & Natural Science at Yale. Physician. Author of Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society. Luckily wed @ErikaChristakis Jan. 26, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

I get a fair amount of this too. Small and/or new accounts with weird names (eg many numerals) that, in an ostensibly reasonable or, alternatively, super-provocative way, comment (in bespoke manner) on things I tweet. As if the goal is to irritate me or get me to waste my time 1/

Many of the stratagems employed by likely bot accounts remind me of this now classic CIA field manual (which also characterizes the inefficiencies in faculty committee meetings).  2/

Sure thing Anthony04315169! So meta. 3/

Good point by @despair with a link to a super-informative thread by @SwiftOnSecurity on how farms of bots and trolls are attempting to subvert @Twitter (cc @jack -- who I know is giving all this thought). 4/

Sure thing Joseph89592941 with an account opened this month & 1 follower. Look how bespoke this is! What amazes me is that some human being is actually spending time to get me to waste my time & this is organized on a huge scale? Can it be worth it? (I will not respond more.) 5/

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