I am having trouble tracking urls to my website from twitter. As soon as I post the URL (a specific URL of my website) on twitter, 5-10 http requests are made, even without anyone physically clicking these links. Can this be explained? Are there twitter botts which do this?
The 5-10 requests you see are Twitter’s own bots firing a burst to check the validity of the URL from all possible angles (don’t ask me which angles; 1 request would seem enough, right?). You should be able to backtrack the requests and confirm this.
There are indeed our bots seeing links posted with URLs, but also likely bots from any number of services monitoring the Twitter firehose or streaming API for recently posted links.