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Making ethical bots, over at Motherboard

To my tremendous honor, Sarah’s Motherboard article about instilling ethics in Twitter bots quotes me in a few places. In particular, it recounts a story I hadn’t told publicly about a bot I didn’t make. Recently, Higgins hoped to make an iterator bot out of turn-of-the-century popular music that had been digitized by the New […]

New bot: @choochoobot

It’s a goofy idea: After a few happy-hour drinks on Thursday, I decided to write a little Python script to make emoji “trains” of random length, combining the steam engine with the two styles of rail cars. Once I got that running, I remembered reading about Emma Winston’s “Tiny Gallery” bot, which tweets little scenes […]

New square backgrounds for @pomological

I’m happy to say I’ve fixed the most frequent complaint I’ve gotten about @pomological: the images, while great, are overwhelmingly in the portrait orientation, making the preview images on many Twitter clients—and especially Twitter.com—kind of lousy. No more! Beautiful squares on a color hand-picked to match most of the painting backdrops. panariti grapes, painted by […]

A Twitter list of somebody else’s timeline

Sometimes I wish I could use Twitter as a different account, and read all the conversations and references that result from the unique list of accounts a person has chosen to follow (sometimes over the course of years!) There’s no “use Twitter as @x” mode yet, so the next best thing is to create a […]

New bot: @pomological

I’ve unleashed a new bot onto the Twitter timeline today: @pomological tweets an image and description from the Pomological Watercolor Collection in the USDA’s National Agricultural Library. (As all of my friends and anybody unfortunate to stand near me at parties knows, I’ve worked extensively on bringing these watercolors to the public.) These are beautiful […]

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