I started working on Twitter bots as an extension of my programming hobby in 2013. Several of my bots are currently inactive and I may not revive them given Twitter's new developer guidelines. Still, I'm proud of the archives they've amassed over time, and I'm happy to share this directory for reference.

Olivia Taters

always remember that you are absolutely the problem

— olivia taters (@oliviataters) November 14, 2017

Algorithmic superteen covered by The Atlantic, BuzzFeed, Vice, Quartz, The Guardian, The Daily Dot, Newsweek, The Washington Post, and The New York Review of Books. Here I am on WNYC's late-lamented TLDR talking with PJ Vogt about how this happened.


@phasechase

rankest
lankest
dankest
dinkest
pinkest
punkest

— phase↝chase (@phasechase) March 11, 2018

Creates sequential chains of words where only one letter changes from each word to the next.


Real Human Praise

Fox & Friends is an admirable and uniquely organized roundtable about Brian Kilmeade and his brooding works of darkness. #PraiseFOX

— Real Human Praise (@RealHumanPraise) March 11, 2018

Made with Leonard Richardson for The Colbert Report, in this segment about FOX News hiring people to spread praise of the network around the Internet.


@TavernOfMirth

A wimp walks into a bar. Bartender says, "I think i'll go away..." The wimp listens, then says, "You are fcuking weak?"

— Tavern of Mirth (@TavernOfMirth) March 19, 2017

Generates jokes of the "X walks into a bar" format. Only open sometimes.


@Hemingwords

#sixwordstory pic.twitter.com/8myUTYvAyW

— Ernest Hemingwords (@Hemingwords) March 2, 2018

Dispatches from a neural network trained on "six-word stories," the form apocryphally attributed to Hemingway. Presented at the first installment of The Scientists at Union Hall, there's even an audio recording.


@pokemontagion

"in a war with this pokemon and i thought i was winning. i think i might have been wrong."

— careful what u catch (@pokemontagion) January 7, 2018

Written in the throes of a stomach bug, finds tweets with the phrase "stomach bug" and replaces that with "pokemon."


@blahfuture

we were promised electoral justice, instead we got my country but still

— blah future (@blahfuture) March 5, 2018

Written during Jonathan Blow's 2014 talk at the NYU Game Center's PRACTICE conference, which began with the epigraph "We were promised flying cars, instead we got 140 characters."


Worst vs Worst

not feeling good enough vs being loved by a cat

— worst vs worst (@worstvsworst) March 9, 2018

Nightmare scenarios compete for supremacy; made with Cat Ferguson.


@everywordNYT

City Kitchen: A Take Pie, Straight From the Farm https://t.co/IJA53CWaD9

— everywordNYT (@everywordNYT) March 11, 2018

Tribute bot celebrating the conclusion of @everyword. Tweets New York Times headlines, but only the words from them that appeared in @everyword.


Exosaurs

Rob Dubbin, Tyrannosaurus of HAT-P-23 b

— Exosaurs (@Exosaurs) March 16, 2014

Dinosaurs and exoplanets, matched and named after people who follow the bot. Inspired @Exoriders by Robin Sloan, which generates a fresh character to ride each generated Exosaur.


Exoslash

It was time to assault the Exotherian plasma mines. 'Well,' thought Åsa, spotting Exolieutenant Piia astride Rob Dubbin, 'not quite time...'

— Mounting Tension (@exoslash) May 6, 2014

Inspired by Robin Sloan's @Exoriders, steamy slash fiction set in the @Exosaurs fictional universe.


@AddAWordBot

The Hair in the Ancistrodon Soup #AddaWordRuinaMovie

— AddAWordBot (@AddAWordBot) September 11, 2016

Hostile bot built to flood and destroy the #AddAWordRuinAMovie conversation. Its mission completed, it is now defunct.


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