13 Lovable Twitterbots You Should Be Following
Not every Twitterbot — that is, Twitter accounts animated by code rather than by human interaction — has to be as ridiculous as what I made in the course of my adventure as a wannabe bot-creator.
But some of the most curiously charming Twitterbots are, in fact, the ones that seem bizarre, crazy, or uncanny — engaged in machine-driven feats that no actual person could, or would, undertake.
The full measure of the apparent affection for Twitterbots was revealed last year, when the cult-popular account @Horse_ebooks, believed to be a really strange bot, turned out to be (apparently) tweeting human-crafted posts. Fans were crushed, and somehow this even resulted in a rather lengthy story in The New Yorker.
It’s perfectly understandable why any given Twitter user might follow a useful bot — but can we really follow a bot out of sheer pleasure? Yes, we can. Just recently, after all, my colleague Alyssa Bereznak listed a number of enjoyable Twitter novelty accounts, bots included.
So here is an all-new, bot-exclusive roundup of lovable bots followed by me, my colleagues, and some very smart experts on the curious intersection of technology and aimless pleasure.
A couple of people mentioned this one: It identifies (presumably accidental) acrostics in expression across the Twittersphere and repackages them in new tweets.
This is actually a personal favorite of mine: It pumps out ersatz, and usually absurd, “assignments” based on a set of randomly combined variables dictating a form, theme, and due date.