Thursday, 28 May 2015

Twitter Rush - The Rush just gets bigger and bigger!

Twitter Rush - The Rush Just Gets Bigger And Bigger!

By Strictly-Software

The amount of BOTs, social media sites and scrapers that hit your site after you post a Tweet with a link in it to a site to Twitter just gets bigger and bigger. When I first started recording the BOTS that hit my site after a post to Twitter it was about 15 now it has grown to over 100+!

You can read about my previous analysis of Twitter Rushes here and here however today I am posting the findings of a recent blog posting using my Strictly TweetBOT WordPress plugin to Twitter and the 108 HTTP Requests that followed in the following minutes after posting.

If you are not careful these Twitter Rushes could consume your web servers CPU and Memory as well as making a daisy chain of processes waiting to be completed that could cause high server loads and long connection / wait times for the pages to load.

You will notice that the first item in the list is a POST to the article.

That is because in the PRO version of my Stricty TweetBOT I have an option to send an HTTP request to the page before Tweeting. Then you can wait a few seconds (a setting you control), before any Tweets are sent out to ensure the plugin has enough time to cache the page.

This is so that if you have a Caching Plugin installed (e.g on WordPress WP Super Cache) or another system, the page is hopefully cached into memory or hand written as an HTML file to prevent any overload when the Twitter Rush comes.

It is always quicker to deliver a static HTML file to users than a dynamic PHP/.NET file that needs DB access etc.

So here are the results of today's test.

Notice how I return 403 status codes to many of the requests. 

This is because I block any bandwidth wasters that bring no benefit at all to my site.

The latest batch of these bandwidth wasters seem to be social media and brand awareness BOTS that want to see if their brand or site is mentioned in the article.

They are of no benefit to you at all and you should either block them using your firewall or with a 403 status code in your .htacces file.

Please also note the amount of duplicate requests from either the same IP address or the same company e.g TwitterBOT or Facebook that are made to the page. Why they do this I do not know!

The Recent Twitter Rush Test - 28-MAY-2015

XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX - - [28/May/2015:17:08:17 +0100] "POST /2015/05/study-finds-severe-cold-snap-during-the-geological-age-known-for-its-extreme-greenhouse-climate/?r=12 HTTP/1.1" 200 22265 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (http://www.strictly-software.com) Strictly TweetBot/1.1.2" 1/1582929
184.173.106.130 - - [28/May/2015:17:08:22 +0100] "GET /2015/05/study-finds-severe-cold-snap-during-the-geological-age-known-for-its-extreme-greenhouse-climate/ HTTP/1.1" 403 252 "-" "ShowyouBot (http://showyou.com/crawler)" 0/3372
199.16.156.124 - - [28/May/2015:17:08:21 +0100] "GET /2015/05/study-finds-severe-cold-snap-during-the-geological-age-known-for-its-extreme-greenhouse-climate/ HTTP/1.1" 200 22377 "-" "Twitterbot/1.0" 1/1301263
199.16.156.125 - - [28/May/2015:17:08:21 +0100] "GET /2015/05/study-finds-severe-cold-snap-during-the-geological-age-known-for-its-extreme-greenhouse-climate/ HTTP/1.1" 200 22375 "-" "Twitterbot/1.0" 1/1441183
185.20.4.220 - - [28/May/2015:17:08:21 +0100] "GET /2015/05/study-finds-severe-cold-snap-during-the-geological-age-known-for-its-extreme-greenhouse-climate/ HTTP/1.1" 200 22377 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (TweetmemeBot/4.0; +http://datasift.com/bot.html) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/31.0" 1/1224266
17.142.151.49 - - [28/May/2015:17:08:21 +0100] "GET /2015/05/study-finds-severe-cold-snap-during-the-geological-age-known-for-its-extreme-greenhouse-climate/ HTTP/1.1" 200 22375 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10_10_1) AppleWebKit/600.2.5 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/8.0.2 Safari/600.2.5 (Applebot/0.1; +http://www.apple.com/go/applebot)" 1/1250324
151.252.28.203 - - [28/May/2015:17:08:22 +0100] "GET /2015/05/study-finds-severe-cold-snap-during-the-geological-age-known-for-its-extreme-greenhouse-climate/ HTTP/1.1" 200 22374 "http://bit.ly/1eA4GYZ" "Go 1.1 package http" 1/1118106
46.236.26.102 - - [28/May/2015:17:08:23 +0100] "GET /2015/05/study-finds-severe-cold-snap-during-the-geological-age-known-for-its-extreme-greenhouse-climate/ HTTP/1.1" 200 22376 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (TweetmemeBot/4.0; +http://datasift.com/bot.html) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/31.0" 0/833367
199.16.156.124 - - [28/May/2015:17:08:23 +0100] "GET /2015/05/study-finds-severe-cold-snap-during-the-geological-age-known-for-its-extreme-greenhouse-climate/ HTTP/1.1" 200 22376 "-" "Twitterbot/1.0" 0/935200
142.4.216.19 - - [28/May/2015:17:08:24 +0100] "HEAD /2015/05/study-finds-severe-cold-snap-during-the-geological-age-known-for-its-extreme-greenhouse-climate/ HTTP/1.1" 403 - "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; OpenHoseBot/2.1; +http://www.openhose.org/bot.html)" 0/1964
17.142.152.131 - - [28/May/2015:17:08:24 +0100] "GET /2015/05/study-finds-severe-cold-snap-during-the-geological-age-known-for-its-extreme-greenhouse-climate/ HTTP/1.1" 200 22375 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10_10_1) AppleWebKit/600.2.5 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/8.0.2 Safari/600.2.5 (Applebot/0.1; +http://www.apple.com/go/applebot)" 0/875740
52.5.154.238 - - [28/May/2015:17:08:25 +0100] "GET /2015/05/study-finds-severe-cold-snap-during-the-geological-age-known-for-its-extreme-greenhouse-climate/ HTTP/1.1" 200 22376 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.2; WOW64) AppleWebKit/537.31 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/26.0.1410.64 Safari/537.31" 1/1029660
4.71.170.35 - - [28/May/2015:17:08:26 +0100] "GET /2015/05/study-finds-severe-cold-snap-during-the-geological-age-known-for-its-extreme-greenhouse-climate HTTP/1.1" 403 251 "-" "grokkit-crawler (pdsupport@purediscovery.com)" 0/1883
192.99.19.38 - - [28/May/2015:17:08:26 +0100] "HEAD /2015/05/study-finds-severe-cold-snap-during-the-geological-age-known-for-its-extreme-greenhouse-climate/ HTTP/1.1" 403 - "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; OpenHoseBot/2.1; +http://www.openhose.org/bot.html)" 0/1927
141.223.91.115 - - [28/May/2015:17:08:28 +0100] "HEAD /2015/05/study-finds-severe-cold-snap-during-the-geological-age-known-for-its-extreme-greenhouse-climate/ HTTP/1.1" 200 - "_bit=55673d4a-0024b-030a1-261cf10a;domain=.bit.ly;expires=Tue Nov 24 16:07:38 2015;path=/; HttpOnly" "-" 1/1592735
17.142.151.101 - - [28/May/2015:17:08:32 +0100] "GET /2015/05/study-finds-severe-cold-snap-during-the-geological-age-known-for-its-extreme-greenhouse-climate/ HTTP/1.1" 200 22260 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10_10_1) AppleWebKit/600.2.5 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/8.0.2 Safari/600.2.5 (Applebot/0.1; +http://www.apple.com/go/applebot)" 17/17210294
184.173.106.130 - - [28/May/2015:17:08:49 +0100] "GET /2015/05/study-finds-severe-cold-snap-during-the-geological-age-known-for-its-extreme-greenhouse-climate/ HTTP/1.1" 403 252 "-" "ShowyouBot (http://showyou.com/crawler)" 0/1870
142.4.216.19 - - [28/May/2015:17:08:49 +0100] "GET /2015/05/study-finds-severe-cold-snap-during-the-geological-age-known-for-its-extreme-greenhouse-climate/ HTTP/1.1" 403 252 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; OpenHoseBot/2.1; +http://www.openhose.org/bot.html)" 0/1601
52.6.187.68 - - [28/May/2015:17:08:28 +0100] "GET /2015/05/study-finds-severe-cold-snap-during-the-geological-age-known-for-its-extreme-greenhouse-climate/ HTTP/1.1" 200 22262 "-" "Typhoeus - https://github.com/typhoeus/typhoeus" 20/20260090
45.33.89.102 - - [28/May/2015:17:08:28 +0100] "GET /2015/05/study-finds-severe-cold-snap-during-the-geological-age-known-for-its-extreme-greenhouse-climate/ HTTP/1.1" 200 22262 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux i686) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/39.0.2171.95 Safari/537.36" 20/20370939
134.225.2.7 - - [28/May/2015:17:08:26 +0100] "GET /2015/05/study-finds-severe-cold-snap-during-the-geological-age-known-for-its-extreme-greenhouse-climate/ HTTP/1.1" 200 22260 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (TweetmemeBot/4.0; +http://datasift.com/bot.html) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/31.0" 22/22337338
2a03:2880:1010:3ff4:face:b00c:0:8000 - - [28/May/2015:17:08:25 +0100] "GET /2015/05/study-finds-severe-cold-snap-during-the-geological-age-known-for-its-extreme-greenhouse-climate/ HTTP/1.1" 200 22261 "-" "facebookexternalhit/1.1 (+http://www.facebook.com/externalhit_uatext.php)" 23/23973749
134.225.2.7 - - [28/May/2015:17:08:27 +0100] "GET /2015/05/study-finds-severe-cold-snap-during-the-geological-age-known-for-its-extreme-greenhouse-climate/ HTTP/1.1" 200 22259 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (TweetmemeBot/4.0; +http://datasift.com/bot.html) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/31.0" 21/21602431
54.167.214.223 - - [28/May/2015:17:08:25 +0100] "GET /2015/05/study-finds-severe-cold-snap-during-the-geological-age-known-for-its-extreme-greenhouse-climate/ HTTP/1.1" 200 22259 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10_9_0) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/31.0.1650.63 Safari/537.36" 24/24164062
4.71.170.35 - - [28/May/2015:17:08:51 +0100] "GET /2015/05/study-finds-severe-cold-snap-during-the-geological-age-known-for-its-extreme-greenhouse-climate/ HTTP/1.1" 403 252 "-" "grokkit-crawler (pdsupport@purediscovery.com)" 0/1688
192.99.19.38 - - [28/May/2015:17:08:51 +0100] "GET /2015/05/study-finds-severe-cold-snap-during-the-geological-age-known-for-its-extreme-greenhouse-climate/ HTTP/1.1" 403 252 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; OpenHoseBot/2.1; +http://www.openhose.org/bot.html)" 0/1594
54.246.137.243 - - [28/May/2015:17:08:51 +0100] "HEAD /2015/05/study-finds-severe-cold-snap-during-the-geological-age-known-for-its-extreme-greenhouse-climate/ HTTP/1.1" 403 - "-" "python-requests/1.2.3 CPython/2.7.6 Linux/3.13.0-44-generic" 0/1736
92.246.16.201 - - [28/May/2015:17:08:51 +0100] "HEAD /2015/05/study-finds-severe-cold-snap-during-the-geological-age-known-for-its-extreme-greenhouse-climate/ HTTP/1.1" 200 - "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:30.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/30.0" 0/725424
4.71.170.35 - - [28/May/2015:17:08:55 +0100] "GET /2015/05/study-finds-severe-cold-snap-during-the-geological-age-known-for-its-extreme-greenhouse-climate/ HTTP/1.1" 403 252 "-" "grokkit-crawler (pdsupport@purediscovery.com)" 0/1808
2a03:2880:2130:9ff3:face:b00c:0:1 - - [28/May/2015:17:08:57 +0100] "GET /2015/05/study-finds-severe-cold-snap-during-the-geological-age-known-for-its-extreme-greenhouse-climate HTTP/1.1" 301 144 "-" "facebookexternalhit/1.1 (+http://www.facebook.com/externalhit_uatext.php)" 0/657830
54.198.122.232 - - [28/May/2015:17:08:51 +0100] "GET /2015/05/study-finds-severe-cold-snap-during-the-geological-age-known-for-its-extreme-greenhouse-climate/ HTTP/1.1" 200 22258 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10_6_6) AppleWebKit/534.24 (KHTML, like Gecko) (Contact: backend@getprismatic.com)" 7/7227418
2a03:2880:1010:3ff7:face:b00c:0:8000 - - [28/May/2015:17:08:51 +0100] "GET /2015/05/study-finds-severe-cold-snap-during-the-geological-age-known-for-its-extreme-greenhouse-climate/ HTTP/1.1" 200 22255 "-" "facebookexternalhit/1.1 (+http://www.facebook.com/externalhit_uatext.php)" 7/7169003
54.198.122.232 - - [28/May/2015:17:08:51 +0100] "GET /2015/05/study-finds-severe-cold-snap-during-the-geological-age-known-for-its-extreme-greenhouse-climate/ HTTP/1.1" 200 22257 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10_6_6) AppleWebKit/534.24 (KHTML, like Gecko) (Contact: backend@getprismatic.com)" 7/7185701
2607:5300:60:3b37:: - - [28/May/2015:17:08:53 +0100] "GET /2015/05/study-finds-severe-cold-snap-during-the-geological-age-known-for-its-extreme-greenhouse-climate/ HTTP/1.1" 200 22258 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.3; WOW64; rv:34.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/34.0" 5/5298648
2a03:2880:2130:9ff7:face:b00c:0:1 - - [28/May/2015:17:08:56 +0100] "GET /2015/05/study-finds-severe-cold-snap-during-the-geological-age-known-for-its-extreme-greenhouse-climate/ HTTP/1.1" 200 22267 "-" "facebookexternalhit/1.1 (+http://www.facebook.com/externalhit_uatext.php)" 1/1999466
178.32.216.193 - - [28/May/2015:17:08:49 +0100] "GET /2015/05/study-finds-severe-cold-snap-during-the-geological-age-known-for-its-extreme-greenhouse-climate/ HTTP/1.1" 200 22258 "http://bit.ly/1eA4GYZ" "LivelapBot/0.2 (http://site.livelap.com/crawler)" 9/9518327
199.59.148.209 - - [28/May/2015:17:08:58 +0100] "GET /2015/05/study-finds-severe-cold-snap-during-the-geological-age-known-for-its-extreme-greenhouse-climate/ HTTP/1.1" 200 22260 "-" "Twitterbot/1.0" 1/1680322
54.178.210.226 - - [28/May/2015:17:08:58 +0100] "GET /2015/05/study-finds-severe-cold-snap-during-the-geological-age-known-for-its-extreme-greenhouse-climate/ HTTP/1.1" 200 22257 "-" "Crowsnest/0.5 (+http://www.crowsnest.tv/)" 1/1842148
54.198.122.232 - - [28/May/2015:17:08:58 +0100] "GET /2015/05/study-finds-severe-cold-snap-during-the-geological-age-known-for-its-extreme-greenhouse-climate/ HTTP/1.1" 200 22258 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10_6_6) AppleWebKit/534.24 (KHTML, like Gecko) (Contact: backend@getprismatic.com)" 1/1903731
54.198.122.232 - - [28/May/2015:17:09:00 +0100] "GET /2015/05/study-finds-severe-cold-snap-during-the-geological-age-known-for-its-extreme-greenhouse-climate/ HTTP/1.1" 200 22259 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10_6_6) AppleWebKit/534.24 (KHTML, like Gecko) (Contact: backend@getprismatic.com)" 1/1131792
2607:5300:60:3b37:: - - [28/May/2015:17:09:00 +0100] "GET /2015/05/study-finds-severe-cold-snap-during-the-geological-age-known-for-its-extreme-greenhouse-climate/ HTTP/1.1" 200 22260 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.3; WOW64; rv:34.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/34.0" 1/1048667
199.59.148.209 - - [28/May/2015:17:09:02 +0100] "GET /2015/05/study-finds-severe-cold-snap-during-the-geological-age-known-for-its-extreme-greenhouse-climate/ HTTP/1.1" 200 22258 "-" "Twitterbot/1.0" 1/1024583
54.178.210.226 - - [28/May/2015:17:09:02 +0100] "GET /2015/05/study-finds-severe-cold-snap-during-the-geological-age-known-for-its-extreme-greenhouse-climate/ HTTP/1.1" 200 22260 "-" "Crowsnest/0.5 (+http://www.crowsnest.tv/)" 1/1251088
65.52.240.20 - - [28/May/2015:17:09:03 +0100] "GET /2015/05/study-finds-severe-cold-snap-during-the-geological-age-known-for-its-extreme-greenhouse-climate/ HTTP/1.1" 200 22259 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; MSIE 10.0; Windows NT 6.1; Trident/6.0)" 0/814087
54.92.69.38 - - [28/May/2015:17:09:04 +0100] "GET /2015/05/study-finds-severe-cold-snap-during-the-geological-age-known-for-its-extreme-greenhouse-climate/ HTTP/1.1" 200 22258 "-" "Crowsnest/0.5 (+http://www.crowsnest.tv/)" 0/925457
54.92.69.38 - - [28/May/2015:17:09:05 +0100] "GET /2015/05/study-finds-severe-cold-snap-during-the-geological-age-known-for-its-extreme-greenhouse-climate/ HTTP/1.1" 200 22266 "-" "Crowsnest/0.5 (+http://www.crowsnest.tv/)" 0/932984
54.178.210.226 - - [28/May/2015:17:09:06 +0100] "GET /2015/05/study-finds-severe-cold-snap-during-the-geological-age-known-for-its-extreme-greenhouse-climate/ HTTP/1.1" 200 22259 "-" "Crowsnest/0.5 (+http://www.crowsnest.tv/)" 0/927202
54.178.210.226 - - [28/May/2015:17:09:08 +0100] "GET /2015/05/study-finds-severe-cold-snap-during-the-geological-age-known-for-its-extreme-greenhouse-climate/ HTTP/1.1" 200 22260 "-" "Crowsnest/0.5 (+http://www.crowsnest.tv/)" 0/717344
54.167.123.237 - - [28/May/2015:17:09:09 +0100] "GET /2015/05/study-finds-severe-cold-snap-during-the-geological-age-known-for-its-extreme-greenhouse-climate/ HTTP/1.1" 403 252 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10.9; rv:28.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/28.0 (FlipboardProxy/1.1; +http://flipboard.com/browserproxy)" 0/2286
54.178.210.226 - - [28/May/2015:17:09:12 +0100] "GET /2015/05/study-finds-severe-cold-snap-during-the-geological-age-known-for-its-extreme-greenhouse-climate/ HTTP/1.1" 200 22254 "-" "Crowsnest/0.5 (+http://www.crowsnest.tv/)" 0/971022
37.187.165.195 - - [28/May/2015:17:09:52 +0100] "GET /2015/05/study-finds-severe-cold-snap-during-the-geological-age-known-for-its-extreme-greenhouse-climate/ HTTP/1.1" 200 22258 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; PaperLiBot/2.1; http://support.paper.li/entries/20023257-what-is-paper-li)" 0/688208
74.112.131.244 - - [28/May/2015:17:10:24 +0100] "GET /2015/05/study-finds-severe-cold-snap-during-the-geological-age-known-for-its-extreme-greenhouse-climate/ HTTP/1.1" 200 22257 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 ()" 3/3572262
52.68.118.157 - - [28/May/2015:17:11:35 +0100] "GET /2015/05/study-finds-severe-cold-snap-during-the-geological-age-known-for-its-extreme-greenhouse-climate/ HTTP/1.1" 200 22259 "-" "Crowsnest/0.5 (+http://www.crowsnest.tv/)" 0/688056
52.68.118.157 - - [28/May/2015:17:11:35 +0100] "GET /2015/05/study-finds-severe-cold-snap-during-the-geological-age-known-for-its-extreme-greenhouse-climate/ HTTP/1.1" 200 22259 "-" "Crowsnest/0.5 (+http://www.crowsnest.tv/)" 0/719851
52.68.118.157 - - [28/May/2015:17:11:37 +0100] "GET /2015/05/study-finds-severe-cold-snap-during-the-geological-age-known-for-its-extreme-greenhouse-climate/ HTTP/1.1" 200 22256 "-" "Crowsnest/0.5 (+http://www.crowsnest.tv/)" 0/739706
52.68.118.157 - - [28/May/2015:17:11:38 +0100] "GET /2015/05/study-finds-severe-cold-snap-during-the-geological-age-known-for-its-extreme-greenhouse-climate/ HTTP/1.1" 200 22258 "-" "Crowsnest/0.5 (+http://www.crowsnest.tv/)" 0/760912
74.6.254.121 - - [28/May/2015:17:12:05 +0100] "HEAD /2015/05/study-finds-severe-cold-snap-during-the-geological-age-known-for-its-extreme-greenhouse-climate/ HTTP/1.1" 200 - "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Yahoo! Slurp; http://help.yahoo.com/help/us/ysearch/slurp)" 0/248578
66.249.67.148 - - [28/May/2015:17:12:38 +0100] "GET /2015/05/study-finds-severe-cold-snap-during-the-geological-age-known-for-its-extreme-greenhouse-climate/ HTTP/1.1" 200 22259 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Googlebot/2.1; +http://www.google.com/bot.html)" 0/493468
54.145.93.204 - - [28/May/2015:17:13:25 +0100] "GET /2015/05/study-finds-severe-cold-snap-during-the-geological-age-known-for-its-extreme-greenhouse-climate/ HTTP/1.1" 403 252 "-" "jack" 0/1495
54.145.93.204 - - [28/May/2015:17:13:26 +0100] "GET /2015/05/study-finds-severe-cold-snap-during-the-geological-age-known-for-its-extreme-greenhouse-climate/ HTTP/1.1" 200 22257 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.9.0.8) Gecko/2008091620 Firefox/3.0.2" 0/597310
178.33.236.214 - - [28/May/2015:17:13:41 +0100] "GET /2015/05/study-finds-severe-cold-snap-during-the-geological-age-known-for-its-extreme-greenhouse-climate/ HTTP/1.1" 403 252 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Kraken/0.1; http://linkfluence.net/; bot@linkfluence.net)" 0/2065
173.203.107.206 - - [28/May/2015:17:13:50 +0100] "POST /2015/05/study-finds-severe-cold-snap-during-the-geological-age-known-for-its-extreme-greenhouse-climate/?r=12 HTTP/1.1" 200 22194 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (http://www.strictly-software.com) Strictly TweetBot/1.1.2" 4/4801717
184.173.106.130 - - [28/May/2015:17:13:58 +0100] "GET /2015/05/study-finds-severe-cold-snap-during-the-geological-age-known-for-its-extreme-greenhouse-climate/ HTTP/1.1" 403 252 "-" "ShowyouBot (http://showyou.com/crawler)" 0/96829
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So the moral of the story is this:

  • Be careful when you post to Twitter as you will get a rush of traffic to your site in the following minutes which could cause your site problems.
  • Try and block social media / brand awareness / spam BOTS if you can so they don't consume your bandwidth and CPU/Memory/
  • Use either your servers firewall, or .htaccess file to block BOTS you consider a waste of your money. Remember any HTTP request to your site when you are using a VPS will cost you money. Why waste it on BOTS that provide no benefit to you.
  • Try and mitigate the rush by using the Crawl-Delay Robots.txt command to stop the big SERP BOTS from hammering you straight away.

I am sure I will post another Twitter Rush analysis in the coming months and the number of BOTS will have grown from the initial 15+ or so when I first tested it to 200+!

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