OK, time to own up.
February 23, 2011 9:49 AM Subscribe
Online astroturfing is more advanced and more automated than we’d imagined.
"Astroturfers can then be assigned 'pre-aged' accounts to create a back story, suggesting that they’ve been busy linking and re-tweeting for months... "
"With some clever use of social media, astroturfers can 'make it appear as if a persona was actually at a conference and introduce himself/herself to key individuals… There are a variety of social media tricks we can use to add a level of realness to all fictitious personas.'"