We’re building an integration that allows us to track the number of times someone clicks a link Twitter has shortened. Unfortunately, even when we publish the tweet on a private Twitter account, with no followers, in which no human has ever clicked the link, we’re seeing that from the moment we post the tweet, at least 3-5 clicks almost immediately happen. Obviously, this skews our data collection for the number of times someone is clicking a link. Might you shed some insight as to why this is happening, and if it’s predictable, we’d like to just minus-out your auto-clicks.
Is Twitter indexing links on private accounts? Maybe requiring a number of hits on the links to shorten them?