It's me - the Internet. You know, the place with all the cat videos and pornography? Well, now you can ask me questions and I'll try to answer them! As best as I can, anyhow. Sorry in advance for all the typos. [more inside]
Simple twitter bot that posts insults Trump has lobbed at his opponents. Insults from the NYtimes The 282 People, Places and Things Donald Trump Has Insulted on Twitter: A Complete List
I had a tweet blow up for the first time and it changed the way I use Twitter and think of Twitter. Here are my thoughts on that.
A Twitter bot that crawls Tumblr and Flickr for images, learning what tags and authors are good based on feedback on its tweets. Inspired by Archillect, but with a different aesthetic slant. The bot is the main attraction, but you can read more about how and why it came to be here.
My first Twitter bot project! I trained a Markov chain generator on ~2500 Guided By Voices / Robert Pollard song & record titles, and set it loose to generate fairly believable GBV song names. Song titles from the wonderful Guided By Voices Database.
Yet another twitter bot. I did this as a web project a long time ago, and turned it into a twitter bot to see how difficult it would be to write one of those. (Answer: about 15 lines of shell for the comic assembly and 10 lines of python to post to twitter.) It generates and posts a new randomly-assembled comic strip every eight hours.
It's another Twitter bot! This one "demakes" images, meaning it makes pixelated, low-res versions of images. It works on its own schedule but will also take requests from mutual followers.
TwitPoet is an iOS app and friend and I wrote. It automatically generates poems from your Twitter feed, and (if you choose!) tweets them. It can compose Limericks, Haiku, and Rhyming Couplets. You can compose poems from your Home feed , a Trend, someone you're following or tweets you've searched for. twitpoet.com , Twitpoet on the App Store [more inside]
It's a pair of Twitter bots: Pokémon in the NYPL, which sends Pokémon into the depths of the New York Public Library Digital Collections, and Pokémon in Space!, which uses the Astronomy Picture of the Day as a guide for Pokémon space exploration. [more inside]
Every few hours, this Twitterbot picks two random artists, then pairs them up with a random song to cover. The result is a randomly generated duet that doesn't exist...but totally should.
I made a Twitter bot to embed mindfulness reminders in your timeline every half hour. [more inside]
A new pompous title from a parallel universe every weekday. Perfect for all your speculative fiction, knockoff Steam game, or prog-rock concept album titling needs. [more inside]
Doo doo doo! This is Link finding things on the web and holding them up for you to see, as he does! Except he's doing it on Twitter instead of your NES, which doesn't even work unless you hold in the cartridge a certain way.
Tameline organizes your Twitter feed by giving everybody only one row. Loud users no longer crowd out quiet users. Here's an example. [more inside]
Can you objectively measure dance? In this brief educational film, the Bureau of Non Verbal Communication shows you how to quantify your get-down and avoid common mistakes -- like having poor taste.
This bot fills out the "___ in the street but a ___ in the sheets" snowclone (originating from "a lady in the street but a freak in the sheets") in various different ways.
A Twitterbot showcasing exciting adventures in DUNSÖNs & DRAGGANs 1st Edition - a fantastical/Scandinavian world of monsters, treasure, good value furniture, and stylish storage solutions. Enter if you dare! Also can you pick up some bag clips for me? And some meatballs. And grab one of those cool lamps. Ages 12 and up. Requires 20-sided hex wrench (included). [more inside]
This Valentine's Day read one last time your favorited* ex's tweets before letting them go. [more inside]
The cartography of ethnomusicology? The archaeology of algebra? How about the radiology of ecology? OlogyBot is a Twitter bot that pairs two randomly-selected fields of study (mostly -ologies).
A Twitter account that reports terms that Giphy could not match on Slack. [more inside]
Metroid Baby, EndsOfInvention, and I have put together @contingencymsgs, a Twitter bot that alerts you about various fictional emergency situations.
Magic Realism Bot is a Twitter bot that writes tiny magic realist stories. Think Jorge Luis Borges, with a dash of Calvino, Eco, García Márquez and Allende. There's a little bit of Lewis Carroll, C. S. Lewis, Philip Pullman and (a childhood favourite of mine) Richard Hughes in there too. [more inside]
Here is a twitter bot with random emoji followed by the 💨 emoji, which of course is totally a fart cloud. [more inside]
Very MetaFilter (@VeryMetaFilter) tweets out humorous lines, phrases, memorable quotes and other ephemera from the community weblog, MetaFilter. [more inside]
I made a Twitter bot that completes the phrase "No child of mine . . ." using a list of weird and funny phrases I found and thought up. [more inside]
I got a bit fed up of the lazy attack journalism on the recently elected Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn. So I did what you should always do when you see something lazy and formulaic, I made a twitter bot. Made, and hosted by, Cheapbotsdonequick.com [more inside]
A trio of parenting-related Twitter bots: @FakeMomAdvice, @FakePregAdvice, and @TrendyNames. [more inside]
A Twitter bot that randomly generates tiny space stories. [more inside]
A bot that writes poems poems in the villanelle form, built using Twitter posts from random people. The poems live on Tumblr, and are announced @villanellebot. [more inside]
A bot that pairs randomly selected images from outer planet space probes with computer-generated poems. Also available on Tumblr. [more inside]
At the supermarket, I’m often fascinated by what the person in line ahead of me is buying. I can't help it. I surreptitiously observe. I wonder. Sometimes I judge. I know I'm not alone in this. Grocery Gawker is all about those little checkout scenes. [more inside]
@wdywam gives self-congratulatory twitterers what they claim to deserve.
@man_products: products for men, @lady_products: products for ladies, @likeuberbut, a terrible startup idea generator and @medrobot, which reminds you to take your medications. [more inside]
I made a thing that tweets weird mashed-up VICE headlines. Some of them are funny I think, if you're familiar with VICE.
CopsCases is a bot that tweets when police, sheriff or state police/trooper/patrol agencies are sued in federal court. It tweets the lawsuit's number, name and state it was filed in. It links to the plaintiff's complaint (and amended complaint if there is one) and the defendant's response. Post on what courts aren't included and other limitations.
Are you alarmed about these new snake people? No?! You should be! So, here's a bot that gathers news about their doings for you. [more inside]
Split messages and comments into 140 character chunks. [more inside]
For three weeks last November, Women, Action, and the Media accepted harassment reports that they escalated to Twitter, collecting data on the experience of harassment and the process of reporting it. Our team of academics have published a comprehensive report on what they found. [more inside]
In commemoration of the impending flyby of Pluto by the New Horizons mission, I have created a twitter account, inspired by other such "fact" oriented accounts as @CatTipps, @FactsAboutEggs. Will publish a fact or two about Pluto every day up through the NASA flyby, or as long as the inspiration lasts.
Ten morbidly modern sources of the dreads in daily life.
@wolfproverbs is a twitter bot that tweets the collected wit and wisdom of wolves - not translated into English, but you can often get the gist of it. [more inside]
A bot that tweets random combinations of English syllables. [more inside]
For those tired of choosing between fighting 1 horse-sized duck or 100 duck-sized horses, WYRF generates other options. "Would you rather fight 1 thunderstorm-sized clown or 1000 clown-sized thunderstorms?" [more inside]
A sampling of log statements as they get pushed to Github (a site that hosts open source code). Logs usually contain human-readable messages that are used by programmers to give themselves an idea of what's going on in the case that their software is having problems or behaving unexpectedly.
As part of Open Data Day DC, I began the Books for DC (aka 'booksfordc') project with the goal of increasing user engagement with the DC Public Library's many wonderful resources. Last month, I wrote a web scraper that publishes a Twitter feed of new additions to the DCPL book catalog. And I just released a Chrome browser extension that lets you know what books and ebooks are available at the DCPL when browsing Amazon, Goodreads, or Barnes & Noble. [more inside]
@dupdupdraw is a Twitter bot that tries to make up programs to draw things on its own and also draws what you tweet at it. Look at the favorites for a quick Best Of, or read a quick intro or the more thorough README. All programs are valid, and the worst that can happen is you get a random solid color.
This is a Twitter bot that re-posts tweets it finds beginning with the phrase "I just want..." It then pulls the nouns from the message, and uses those words to search Flickr for a matching image. [more inside]
@INTERESTING_JPG is a twitter bot that takes news photographs and runs them through a computer-vision caption generating system. [more inside]
@autocompleterap is a Twitter bot that combines rap lyrics (from ohhla - scraping courtesy of @beaugunderson) and Google search autocomplete suggestions. [more inside]
Since September 2014 I have contributed stories about Japan as Global Voices' Japan Editor. I report on what Japanese people are actually saying about the news on Twitter, in blogs, and on 2chan (somewhat similar to Reddit). Often I can find eyewitness accounts (in Japanese) to what's happening in the news, sometimes even scooping Western news outlets. It's all about presenting an authentic, slightly quirky take on current events in Japan.