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A classroom experiment in Twitter Bots and creativity

A classroom experiment in Twitter Bots and creativity | Twitter Bots | Scoop.it

This semester, I’m teaching a class in Story Bots, which is really a programming class disguised as a journalism class. I’m teaching students enough programming that they can automate journalistically useful things, things like scrape a website and alert you to a potential story. Or take a dataset and turn each record into a journalistic narrative. 

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Social Media Bots Offer Phony Friends and Real Profit

Social Media Bots Offer Phony Friends and Real Profit | Twitter Bots | Scoop.it

Here’s how the pyramid works: With minimal effort, I downloaded a piece of software called Twitter Supremacy. For $50 for a six-month license, the software (which violates Twitter’s terms of service agreement) lets me fabricate an unlimited number of friends.

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This is what happens when two pixel-mashing bots get in a Twitter fight

This is what happens when two pixel-mashing bots get in a Twitter fight | Twitter Bots | Scoop.it

This week saw a truly bizarre twitter fight between two image-mashing bots. In the red corner, there was @pixelsorter, designed to create relaxed, fuzzy remixes of photos, like the one above. In the blue corner, @badpng was running every image through a broken PNG encoding algorithm, resulting in harsh compression and jarring color shifts. Pixelsorter's creator, Way Spurr-Chen, sent the same photo to both bots, locking them in a potentially endless back-and-forth, chewing on the same image over and over until it disintegrated into a mess of pixels.

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Can Twitter Bots Improve Online Learning?

Can Twitter Bots Improve Online Learning? | Twitter Bots | Scoop.it
A Coursera course out of The University of Edinburgh will experiment with Twitter bots for a class starting Nov. 3.
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Fake It 'Til You Make It: A Basic Bot Primer For The Aprogrammatic

Fake It 'Til You Make It: A Basic Bot Primer For The Aprogrammatic | Twitter Bots | Scoop.it

I’m less a proper botmaker and more a puppeteer – making accounts that look to be generating text programmatically but instead just post from a queue of pre-rendered alternatives (such as @MelbGameCo), or bots that reply on mentions and retweet on keywords (such as@botALLY, kinda).

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How Twitter will power the Internet of Things - Telegraph

How Twitter will power the Internet of Things - Telegraph | Twitter Bots | Scoop.it
Twitter is no longer just about connecting people to one another but about connecting machines to machines
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Introducing Tweet-a-Program—Wolfram Blog

Introducing Tweet-a-Program—Wolfram Blog | Twitter Bots | Scoop.it
Compose a tweet-length Wolfram Language program. Tweet it to @WolframTaP. Our Twitter bot will run it in the Wolfram Cloud and tweet back the result.
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Rise of the museum Twitter bots

Rise of the museum Twitter bots | Twitter Bots | Scoop.it

John Emerson has compiled a list of Twitter accounts that periodically tweet out images from the online collections of some of the world's best museums, including the Met, the Tate, the Rijksmuseum, and MoMA.

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Twitter bots, twitter bots, twitter bots, folks | tim ng

After the incredible success of @SomeHonMembers, I decided to create @HonSpeakerBot, which was not nearly as popular, but whatever.

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david bowen fly tweet

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This device sends twitter messages based on the activities of a collection of houseflies. The flies live inside an acrylic sphere along with a computer keyboard. As the flies move and interact inside their home, they fly over the keys on the keyboard. These movements are collected in real-time via video. When a particular key is triggered by the flies, the key’s corresponding character is entered into a twitter text box. When 140 characters are reached or the flies trigger the “enter” key, the message containing the accumulated characters is tweeted. Thus live twitter messages are perpetually sent in real-time based on the simple movements of the community of houseflies. These constantly accumulating messages appear as records of random activity within the larger sphere of social media and networking.

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I Bought 27,000 Twitter Followers. Was It Worth It?

I Bought 27,000 Twitter Followers. Was It Worth It? | Twitter Bots | Scoop.it

I bought 27,000 followers from some sketchy Internet sites. Total cost: $202.

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Funny Twitter Bots You May Not Have to Block

Funny Twitter Bots You May Not Have to Block | Twitter Bots | Scoop.it

There are many Twitter robots (or Twitter bots, such as they called) which are basically programs posing as people to fit in among the flow of real tweets.

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Happy Cyborg teaches a Twitter bot to act like you

Happy Cyborg teaches a Twitter bot to act like you | Twitter Bots | Scoop.it

I was excited to hear about something called Happy Cyborg. Developed by computer scientist Jonathan Mugan, this tool is designed to mimic your online personality and help you keep up with your Twitter life when you can’t—it gives you a more accurate suggestion of people to follow, manage responses to repetitive mentions, and keep your feed relevant and interesting, among other things.

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Slave Sales on Twitter | W. Caleb McDaniel

Slave Sales on Twitter | W. Caleb McDaniel | Twitter Bots | Scoop.it

In a previous collaboration with my digital history students, I had built a “Twitter bot” called TexasRunawayAds, which automatically tweets an excerpt from a runaway slave advertisement about twice a day. By slightly modifying the script for that bot, could I create a new Twitter bot to emulate the shell script above?

 

The result of those musings is Every3Minutes, which tweets a reminder of an antebellum slave sale once every three minutes.

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How To Build Advanced Twitter Bot – Epilogue and Source Code | Developer HC

How To Build Advanced Twitter Bot – Epilogue and Source Code | Developer HC | Twitter Bots | Scoop.it

This post is a part of  how to build an Advanced Twitter Bot that will gather relevant news via Hacker News API, select the latest titles and links, filter, format them, shorten the links with bitly, add proper hashtags, compose tweets, and publish them via Twitter API or BufferApp API. And all that run independently with Heroku Scheduler.

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So Many Twitter Bots - The Quixotic Engineer

So Many Twitter Bots - The Quixotic Engineer | Twitter Bots | Scoop.it

Since making @HoroscopeBot and @EveryBookBot, I’ve been on what you might call a bot-making rampage. I’ve really enjoyed tinkering with tiny scope coding projects that can be finished over a weekend, as opposed to my game-making side projects that often take months. Here, briefly, are five new bots I’ve assembled over the last few weeks:

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How to make a Twitter bot

How to make a Twitter bot | Twitter Bots | Scoop.it

Probably every other day some very well-intentioned person asks me: “Can you teach me how to make a Twitter bot?” If that person is a programmer, no big deal, I show them some code and they’re happy. But sometimes this is followed up with, “I don’t really know how to code.”

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What a Twitter bot taught this Philly designer about loneliness

What a Twitter bot taught this Philly designer about loneliness | Twitter Bots | Scoop.it
From the creator of Online Dating Ipsum and Penn Squirrels Eat Things, comes the more somber The Lonely Project. It's part bot, part anonymous support line.
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The GBLab created a Twitterbot for updates on neurogenetics scientific literature

The GBLab created a Twitterbot for updates on neurogenetics scientific literature | Twitter Bots | Scoop.it

Inspired by the recent Nature Toolbox ‘How to tame the flood of literature‘ and by Casey Bergman’s FlyPapers, TheGBLab has created a Twitterbot for updates on neurogenetics related scientific literature.

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Twitter Bots Fight It Out to See Who's the Most Human

Twitter Bots Fight It Out to See Who's the Most Human | Twitter Bots | Scoop.it

He’s one of just over a dozen Twitter bots, set up a few weeks earlier by the Institute for the Future, to study the way that humans and machines interact in the 140-character age. About 10 contestants have configured the bots — picking from a shortlist of personality types and Twitter habits, and seeding them with six provocative questions, designed to lure humans into conversing with them.

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What are Twitter bots?

What are Twitter bots? | Twitter Bots | Scoop.it

Twitter bots, as noted in this piece by Ryan Singel from Wired, are computer programs that watch each and every public tweet on Twitter for popular keywords (Singel suggests getting lots of automatic “feedback” on tweets about Charlie Sheen, for example).

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10 Twitter Bot Services to Simplify Your Life

10 Twitter Bot Services to Simplify Your Life | Twitter Bots | Scoop.it
Automated Twitter accounts turn Twitter into a functional assistant to steer you clear of danger and missing appointments.
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Twitter List: Funny Twitter Bots

Twitter List: Funny Twitter Bots | Twitter Bots | Scoop.it

These things are hilarious. Started with a list I first saw at Mashable.

- Funny Twitter Bots by @bobgourley

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Twitter bots I have known and loved

Twitter bots I have known and loved | Twitter Bots | Scoop.it

Unfortunately you won’t get the benefit of the LIVE INTERACTIVE DEMO, so let me also provide a quick run through via the old-fashioned medium of text instead…

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