Build A Bot
Tips, tools, and tricks for building twitter bots in
Examples of Bots
Bots I've built.
- @TreasuryIO is a bot that runs daily queries on data from treasury.io, formats the results in human-readable text, and publishes them to twitter. You can find the source code here or here
The US Gov has spent 248% more on postal service money orders than on Welfare this fiscal year - http://t.co/UeNKV20xYN— TreasuryIO (@TreasuryIO) February 25, 2014
- @YourRepsOnGuns follows a list of Representative on twitter and retweets any time a representative appears to be talking about guns or gun control.
I am extremely disheartened by the gun violence that gripped Chicago over the long holiday weekend. The stunning... http://t.co/otmwaZ3gkh— Robin Kelly (@Robin42CD) July 8, 2013
- @haikugrams polls the public twitter feed looking for accidental haikus. It then builds up a database of accidental haikus and looks for accidental haikus that are anagrams of eachother. (I never found one :/). It also posts the haikus to tumblr.
why does walmart have— haikugrams (@haikugrams) August 14, 2013
the worse fucking check out lines
in the fucking world
Bots I wish I had built.
- @StopAndFrisk is tweeting all 685,724 stop-and-frisk incidents from 2011.
02/06/11: Police stop a 21-year-old in Brooklyn, citing "fits a relevant description." No weapon is found.— Stop and Frisk (@stopandfrisk) February 27, 2014
- @dronestream tweets every drone strike by the US, 2002 - 2014.
- @_FloridaMan finds news stories with "Florida Man" in the headline.
Florida Man Runs Naked Through Neighborhood While High on Mushrooms; Says Biting People, However, is “Not My Thing” | http://t.co/i6OX3IMDtB— Florida Man (@_FloridaMan) February 25, 2014
- @Pentametron finds random tweets in iambic pentameter and then finds another line to form a couplet.
I've never had an Arizona tea.— Dania:) (@dania_bear) February 28, 2014
I took a picture with a fucking tree!!!— ♡ (@5sos__NARRY) February 28, 2014
- @anagramatron finds a random tweet and then attempts to find an anagram of that tweet.
What a world that we live in .— TheyLoveYungin (@2yungdaja1) February 14, 2014
whatever I'll do what I want— SPEEDQUEEN (@cloveerr_) February 24, 2014
- @everyunicode tweets every single character in the Unicode 6.2 standard.
㈪— everyunicode (@everyunicode) February 28, 2014
- @StealthMountain alerts twitter users when they have typed "sneak peak" and they meant "sneak peek."
@BigBangCBS I think you mean "sneak peek"— Stealth Mountain (@StealthMountain) January 9, 2014
- @ProPubSunset is a bot consisting of a camera attached to a raspberry pi which detects sunsets and tweets a picture of them.
here's a test sunset pic.twitter.com/8xUI8NGByv— ProPublica Sunset (@ProPubSunset) July 5, 2013
Tools to build bots
- Iron Ebooks is a library written by Jake Harris to turn a user's feed into an Ebooks account.