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January 28, 2014 11:46 PM   Subscribe

The Boston Globe profiles Darius Kazemi, author of Twitter bots such as Metaphor-a-Minute, Last Words and Two Headlines, as well as the creator of Random Shopper (Previously)

Kazemi explains Two Headlines on the New York Review of Bots

Twitter bots, previously on Metafilter:
Headline Smasher and qwantz vs. loudbot

horse_ebooks, maybe the best-loved bot, previously on Metafilter: another place would tell (Source)

Attempts to seduce horse_ebooks

Prior implementation of Random Shopper
posted by frimble (9 comments total) 16 users marked this as a favorite

 
From the comments of the Two Headlines link:

"I did not set out to write a bot that writes near-future late-capitalist dystopian microfiction. ”

Do you guys think he used Python for the twitter bot?
posted by Our Ship Of The Imagination! at 12:13 AM on January 29, 2014


There's only one word to describe these machineries, and that word is... lachrymose, baby!
posted by iotic at 2:03 AM on January 29, 2014 [1 favorite]


I got to profile him recently as well for a magazine in New Hampshire and I liked the cut of his jib.
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 5:06 AM on January 29, 2014


Darius is a great guy, and always up to something interesting.
posted by emmet at 5:50 AM on January 29, 2014 [1 favorite]


Do you guys think he used Python for the twitter bot?

He writes 'em in JavaScript.

All around cool guy, that guy.
posted by ignignokt at 8:02 AM on January 29, 2014


Darius is a great guy, and always up to something interesting.

You're not joking: Stuff Darius made in 2013.
posted by Gary at 11:14 AM on January 29, 2014


Other twitter bots: Alt Universe Prompts and Fuck, Marry, Kill (where you can vote by replying).

Funny enough, it was these two bots that made me ask my husband if he could make a twitter bot that would regularly tweet charity hashtags yesterday. (The ones where corporations will donate X amount of cents per hashtag.)
posted by zix at 12:07 PM on January 29, 2014 [1 favorite]




Kevin Nguyen: I, Bot - "The life and times of @knguyen_ebooks."
posted by the man of twists and turns at 9:36 PM on February 24, 2014


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