This is something I’ve been wanting to do for the longest time. However, I have been putting it off for various reasons, e.g. worrying that it would be too difficult.
I finally got around to building a Twitter bot this week and surprisingly, it was super-easy. There are many tutorials on the internet that explain how to build a Twitter bot. The one I chose is Build-a-Bot workshop, available as a GitBook and pdf here: https://spinecone.gitbooks.io/build-a-bot-workshop/content/
The bot tweets a snippet from Max Ehrmanns’s Desiderata every day.
It’s a bit of a new-agey/hippy choice, but I wanted to use something that has a positive message and is in the public domain. (Which I believe it is). To quote Daniel Nester’s article In search of “Desiderata”: "In the current age of portentous manifestos, "Desiderata" serves as a template for making grand statements we can all up-vote." I rather like that.
The tutorial took me about 45 minutes to complete, with time for a coffee-break too. The whole experience was pleasantly uneventful from the point of view that everything worked as expected, and I would really recommend this tut for beginners wanting to make a Twitter bot. (Even if you have little or no programing experience).
It’s really satisfying for me to read my bot’s tweets, knowing that I have dipped my toes, ever so slightly, into the world of AI. I plan to make a few more bots in time to come. Two of my favorite, more complex Twitter bots are: @poem_exe and @generativebot