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    Someone created a 0-followers private Twitter account and posted something to try out the new views count feature.
    It raked dozens of views in a couple hours.


    It looks like a funny data reverse-engineering exercise, so let's try and figure out what is going on.

    Hypothesis 1) it is the OP's own views.
    Reasonable, but unlikely if what OP says about not checking it for hours is true.

    H2) It's some background job in OP's device that is refreshing OP's own latest tweets, so even without human interaction technically H1 is true. It would be some really shoddy engineering to count eye-less page views, but that's also what managers would demand.

    H3) it's some internal Twitter automated function like back up, replication, indexing and word count.
    See H2, it would be even dumber to count that as page views.

    H4) it's some internal human reviewing for a keyword that could be associated with porn (in this case, "butts"). Really? dozens of humans to review a no-impact single post? They would have to employ hundreds of thousands of reviewers.

    H5) it's some page-loading shit, like thousands of similar tweets get stored in the same index hash page and end up counting as a view in all of them every time someone loads the index page. It would be like counting every hit in the namenode as a hit in every data asset in it's Hadoop partition, or every hit in a storage block as a hit in each of it's files.
    Duuuumb and kinda like H3.

    H6) page views are just a fraud to scam investors. Maybe it's a "most Blockchain transactions are fake" situation, maybe it's a "views get more engagement if you don't think a lot about it" situation, maybe it's a "we don't use the metric system to count page views" situation.
    All of them are very dumb.

    Other hypothesis or opinions?