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The botmaker who sees through the Internet - Ideas - The Boston Globe
"At a coffee shop near his office, Kazemi says he feels about his bots the way he imagines parents must feel about their children. “I’ve created these things, and they’re kind of separate from me now, and so I do feel kind of proud of them,” he says. “Every morning I wake up and I look at the last two hours of TwoHeadlines, and it just gets me every time.”" Yup. That.
dariuskazemi  bots  twitter  art  generativeprose  language 
january 2014 by infovore
"...the definition of a bot seems quite arbitrary, where do we call an application or a string of actions or scripts a 'bot', and where or when do we call it something else? Is the only reason for calling a scripted set of actions a bot, the fact that the script takes the role (and maybe the place) of a human being as a form of artificial intelligence, like they do for instance on wikipedia, in chatrooms, twitter or spamming us through mail (do they really set out to maximize their chances of success? - which is what often AI delineates)?
And what about the new generations of Twitter web scutter that does not seem to be intelligible in any human-sense kind of way, but do follow scripts and try to maximize something (followers, tweets)?" Bookmarked if only for use of the phrase "web scutter".
bots  twitter  scutters  agents  basap 
february 2012 by infovore
Twitter Bot Info |
An excellent selection of auto-response bots.
twitter  fiction  bots  robothumour 
november 2011 by infovore
Sycorax: Bring Fictional Characters to Life on Twitter
"Sycorax is a Twitter client, written in Python, that choreographs the online behavior of fictional characters. Other tweet schedulers make your personal Twitter stream look like a clockwork robot is behind it, posting tweets at the optimal time for penetration into your social network. Syxorax lets fictional characters use Twitter the way real people do. Your characters can post at odd hours and talk to each other, taking their lines from a simple script you write, but without any ongoing work from you." Very nice.
storytelling  twitter  narrative  script  programming 
november 2011 by infovore
Twitter Bootstrap
"Bootstrap is a toolkit from Twitter designed to kickstart development of webapps and sites. It includes base CSS and HTML for typography, forms, buttons, tables, grids, navigation, and more." Really nice - straightforward, elegant, and a good starting point for the scratchy websites I tend to end up making.
css  framework  twitter  markup 
august 2011 by infovore
Studio 60 on the Twitter feed
"I’d really like more week-long exercises in fiction delivered to me via Twitter. The problem with other accounts for fictional characters – including, say, The West Wing’s Joshua Lyman and Donna Moss – is that they’re continuous, shapeless roleplay. I want a planned narrative that ends."
narrative  twitter  final  endings  studio60 
may 2011 by infovore
Super Ball XLV
"Data combined with narrative creates personality. It can be used to construct a larger and richer history around a subject.

The world is already divided in to two camps: People who are going to watch the Super Ball and those who aren't. This is an opportunity to delight the former and reach the latter, by providing a larger and more playful cast of characters to describe the events during the game." Nice!
football  stamen  superbowl  actors  twitter  iot 
february 2011 by infovore » xkcd #576
Bot that buys dirt-cheap goods on TradeMe and tells Twitter what it's buying/bidding on. Seems we need a Rule 38: if software is described in an XKCD comic, the chance of it being brought into reality approaches 1 as t approahces infinity.
xkcd  shopping  dumbai  bot  programming  twitter 
november 2010 by infovore
Open Data for the Arts – Human Scale Data and Synecdoche – Blog – BERG
The talk I gave at the Media Festival Arts is now online. It's about making data human-scale, and why Twitter bots are a kind of synecdoche.
talks  berg  me  synecdoche  twitter  bots  tmfa2010 
october 2010 by infovore
Setting Up Twitter Bots with OAuth | maSnun's logs
Straightforward guide to making bots work with OAuth.
twitter  oauth  guide  bots 
august 2010 by infovore
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Being Played Out Live On Twitter And Foursquare. Awesome.
Lovely: roleplaying Ferris Bueller not only on Twitter, but also on Foursquare. I love that Foursquare has a policy to allow "fake check-ins but not to reward them points"; there's lots of potential there, both playful and storyful.
ferrisbueller  storytelling  twitter  foursquare  games  media 
june 2010 by infovore
All Sorts - a linguistic experiment
Collecting casual and informal collective-nouns by scraping twitter. The "What Is This" page is very well done, explaining just what the scraper "sees" in a clear fashion. Fun.
linguistics  twitter  words  nouns  collective  scraping 
june 2010 by infovore
Twitter / @HATProject/HomeAlone
"All the characters fom Home Alone, the project starts on the 22nd." 22 Twitterbots, performing Home Alone, in realtime, starting Dec 22nd. Awesome. Bonkers, but awesome (and takes the concept I used in Twit 4 Dead to a new level).
drama  performance  twitter  bots  homealone  narrative  distributed 
december 2009 by infovore
Blackbeard Blog - 2. The Process Is The Story
"...we’re still in talking-dog territory here, where the fact of socialness matters more than the outcome. This won’t last forever, of course. It probably won’t last out 2010." Tom is sharing some notes from that "140 Characters" conference; he's got some sharp insight/ideas.
marketing  twitter  tomewing  analysis  140conf 
november 2009 by infovore
Grackle68k - Twitter Application for Classic Macintoshes
"Grackle68k is a twitter client for early Macintoshes running System 6 through OS9."
retro  mac  software  twitter  application  classic 
november 2009 by infovore
FIFA Earth | The Football Twitterverse | Football World
Hmn. Visualisation of tweets about the word "FIFA" (do the maths there) and all games played of FIFA 10 - so you can see both which teams are doing well, and which countries have good FIFA gamers in them. There's little bits of stats-fluff, but it doesn't go nearly deep enough. It's lovely EA are doing this... but it could be, you know, useful, rather than just shiny? Bungie's statistics crown is still a long way off.
twitter  visualisation  ea  fifa  games  online  integration  statistics 
october 2009 by infovore
Professor Layton (TopHatProfessor) on Twitter
"Critical thinking is the key to success!" Professor Layton is on Twitter. Officially. This is good.
professorlayton  games  marketing  twitter  puzzles  adventure  nintendo 
june 2009 by infovore
Now even houses can 'tweet'... as homeowner wires his cottage to Twitter | Mail Online
"The Tower of London tweets every time it opens and shuts..." Nice sub-editing, Daily Mail!
towerbridge  twitter  journalism  lazy  sloppy  fail 
june 2009 by infovore
Social Animals - Eurogamer
"Even the platform holders are excited about the potential for social networking to tie into games. At E3, Microsoft proudly announced integration of Facebook, music network and Twitter with Xbox Live. The latter pair are fairly irrelevant, admittedly. is solely a music service, while Twitter isn't actually a social network at all - it's a one-to-many broadcast system, which isn't quite the same thing." Oh. But that's where you're wrong, Rob. Sorry.
games  socialnetworking  socialmedia  platforms  xboxlive  lastfm  twitter  facebook  yawn 
june 2009 by infovore
:: v a n . d e n . b r a n d e :: Breadbox64
"BREADBOX64 is a twitter client for the C64/128 which allows you to tweet from a real C64 and show your friends timeline." Now that's a classy look.
twitter  software  c64  retro 
june 2009 by infovore
Twittering betimes (Phil Gyford’s website)
"I thoroughly enjoy the more real time nature of these diary fragments popping up among my friends’ updates. It’s easy to picture @samuelpepys conducting his business and pleasure, travelling around London — from his home near the Tower of London to Deptford to Westminster — when he’s updating you on his progress during the day." Phil on the joy of small updates from things that aren't (quite) people.
twitter  bot  literature  writing  diary  samuelpepys  philgyford 
june 2009 by infovore
teh tumblr
"I imagine this is how everybody who responds to the idea of Twitter with “Who cares if you’re eating a sandwich?” envisions Twitter." Yes.
funny  twitter  socialsoftware  bias  humour 
may 2009 by infovore
Just Landed: Processing, Twitter, MetaCarta & Hidden Data | blprnt.blg
Mapping where people are leaving and arriving based on nothing more than what they said on Twitter. Pretty, and perhaps the beginnings of something quite useful.
data  informatics  twitter  visualisation  processing  mapping  socialmedia 
may 2009 by infovore
BLDGBLOG: How the Other Half Writes: In Defense of Twitter
"Now that suburban housewives in Missouri are letting their thoughts be known via Twitter, it's as if writing itself is thought to be under attack, invaded from all sides by the unwashed masses whose thoughts have not been sanctioned as Literature™. In many ways, I'm reminded of Truman Capote's infamous put-down of Jack Kerouac: "That's not writing, it's typing.""
twitter  writing  bldgblog  society  people  literature  microblogging  notetaking  culture 
april 2009 by infovore
Keith Starky Explains Twitter
"Daily deep-dive analysis of a specimen from the modern world's most exciting communication medium for penis humor."
twitter  humor  blogs  research  socialmedia 
april 2009 by infovore
Charles Pooter (pooter2009) on Twitter
Kevan is publishing parts of Diary of a Nobody on Twitter. Makes sense, really.
books  web  twitter  pooter  diaryofanobody  publishing 
april 2009 by infovore
Dave Gorman: When Twitter Gets Weird...
"Which I think meant they were telling me they'd be happy if I pretended to follow them but then used technology to ignore them in favour of other people. What? So not only would they rather I pretended to follow them they wanted to explain to me how this dishonest artifice could easily be achieved." Dave Gorman on a kind of pretend-following, usage patterns of Twitter, and keeping tools useful for yourself (amongst other stuff; this is very good).
davegorman  twitter  culture  mores  etiquette  socialsoftware  manners 
march 2009 by infovore
Liking something the wrong way (Phil Gyford’s website)
"...I never thought I’d be banned from something for liking it in the wrong way. It’s interesting to discover completely different attitudes to these new ways of interacting online." Yes, I find this a lot; my actions and behaviours are shaped in a particular way, to the point that I've found myself recently (in the case of Twitter) recommending a totally opposite manner of usage to a friend.
behaviour  interaction  design  socialsoftware  twitter  flickr  manners  mores  online 
march 2009 by infovore
TweeterGetter .::. Get 15,625 New Twitter Followers In 30 Days!
There are not expletives strong enough. In a nutshell: it's a pyramid scheme for following people you don't know on Twitter. It asks for your username and password. Terrifying.
marketing  twitter  awful  spam  mlm  socalledfriends 
february 2009 by infovore
A daily diary of Depression-era life, told on Twitter.: The Social Path
"Late last year, my family found a line-a-day diary maintained by my great-aunt from 1937 to 1941. She was in her early teens, living on a small farm in rural Illinois with her two brothers, one of which was my grandfather." Now it's being syndicated, one line per day, on Twitter.
twitter  america  depression  diary  socialhistory  rurallife 
january 2009 by infovore
Twitter / Genny_Spencer
"This is the real line-a-day diary of a young farmgirl in 1937. It is maintained by @griner."
history  twitter  america  depression  gennyspencer  diary  socialhistory 
january 2009 by infovore
Twitter / gothdobby
"Bio i am a house elf but no one understands me. i like wearing black tea cozies, listening to my chemical romance, and bdsm. sometimes i do emo weed with hermione." Fanfic invades Twitter.
fiction  twitter  harrypotter  fanfic  emo 
january 2009 by infovore
PEE - App Store Popularity EnhancEr
"Teams from around the globe have analyzed figures and come up with a secret formula for App Store success. I share these findings today, ABSOLUTELY FREE. Success is made up of: a FLASHLIGHT.... and DIRTY WET FART SOUNDS!!! Tweetie is the only app that bundles together these two incredible features FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME." Amazing. I must get this!
humour  iphone  twitter  appstore  popularity 
january 2009 by infovore
Valve: Left 4 Dead's Survivors Are Now... Twittering
Kotaku picked up on the L4D Twitterbots I wrote. Needless to say, the discussion thread descended into general Valve-baiting.
games  kotaku  twitter  blogs  meta  left4dead  self 
january 2009 by infovore
dm fail!
"..some tweets were destined for fail." - or, at least, not for public consumption. Oh dear.
security  privacy  messaging  twitter  fail 
december 2008 by infovore
Twitter-enhanced Derivé « Magical Nihilism
"The city is here for me to use, and it tells me so." Indeed.
ubicomp  towerbridge  twitter  riverthames  messagingbus 
december 2008 by infovore
"Sometimes you want to follow someone on Twitter, but you don't want them to know you're following them. We present to you TweetStalk ‒ the simple way to stalk Twitter users without having to follow them." Oh for heavens' sake.
bad  wrong  antisocial  twitter  stalking  inappropriate  greasemonkey  script 
november 2008 by infovore
Twenis: Twitter is Penis
"We hijack innocent tweets, subject them to our patent pending penisization process by replacing certain words with 'penis', and republish it for your entertainment. We find it funny."
twitter  silly  penis  humour 
september 2008 by infovore
Twitter Blog: It's Not Rocket Science, But It's Our Work
I am amazed that anyone would have the patience to respond to Mike Arrington's general arsery, but it seem the Twitter team do. They are better men and women than I.
twitter  architecture  infrastructure  scaling  development  software 
june 2008 by infovore
Rands In Repose: We Travel in Tribes
"The value lies in the network of people and how they illuminate the things I don’t know." Rands hits the nail on the head. It's about who you know, and how you make use of them. Just like real-world friends. Hint: Scoble is using it wrong.
twitter  communication  socialsoftware  network 
may 2008 by infovore
The long here and the big now « Adam Greenfield’s Speedbird
"What about “the big now,” though? It’s shorthand for the enhanced and deepened sense of simultaneity - of the world’s massive parallelism - that certain digital artifacts lend us. "
bignow  presence  status  twitter  time  temporality  adamgreenfield  simultaneity 
may 2008 by infovore
Botanicalls Twitter DIY
"Botanicalls Twitter answers the question: What's up with your plant? It offers a connection to your leafy pal via online Twitter status updates that reach you anywhere in the world." Fun physical computing project.
hardware  physicalcomputing  arduino  botany  twitter  plants 
february 2008 by infovore
This Blog Sits at the: How social networks work: the puzzle of exhaust data
Exhaust data is, I think, a clear case of "phatic communication." This is communication with little hard, informational content, but lots of emotional and social content. [It] doesn't get much said, but it has social effects so powerful, it gets lots done
phatic  communication  twitter  facebook  community  social  culture 
december 2007 by infovore » Swotter
"Swotter reads books to Twitter, and via Twitter to the world." It just finished reading Ulysses aloud. It is awesome.
twitter  books  technology  publishing  literature 
december 2007 by infovore
Twittercal — tweet your google calendar
Twittercal is "a free service that connects your Twitter account to your Google Calendar". Very nice!
twitter  service  api  calendar  google 
september 2007 by infovore
Twitter as coral reef (Scripting News)
Dave Winer++ : "As a system designer, I'd like to believe that Twitter or something like it will always be there. I'm not sure of that yet, but it seems we're close."
twitter  technology  systems  software  ecology  metaphor 
may 2007 by infovore
Twitter / jodrellbank
The Jodrell Bank telescopes are twittering what they're looking at. Beautiful. Devices talking to devices.
twitter  telescopes  astronomy  machine  api 
may 2007 by infovore
Twitter (
'"Friends" still isn't the right word.' - Kottke on Twitter, with much strong truth, notably this.
twitter  kottke  social  software  behaviour  network 
march 2007 by infovore
disambiguity - » Ambient Intimacy
"the phatic function is communication simply to indicate that communication can occur." Leisa Reichelt on "ambient intimacy", Twitter, and some Bakhtinian ideas.
twitter  social  relationships  psychology  behaviour  passive  ambient  lowlevel  networking 
march 2007 by infovore
Iconfactory : Software : Twitterrific
Beautiful Twitter client from the Iconfactory.
mac  osx  macosx  application  app  twitter 
january 2007 by infovore

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