Tool Creates Archive of Public Slack Chats

Use Slack? Want a chat archive for your public projects? Here ya go. “At heart, SlackArchive is a bot that you add to your Slack. Named ArchiveBot, this bot will record conversations in this channel for the chat archive. Then, you can access your archive on the company’s website. Like on Slack, you can search across multiple channels and find information in very little time. You can also create a permalink for a specific message.” Note that this is for public chat only; private chat is not covered in order to avoid competing directly with Slack’s premium plans.

Twitter Bot Will Reimagine Your Picture in the Style of a Great Artist

Speaking of images: earlier this year I mentioned Google’s Deep Dream, which applied AI to images to make them, well, trippy. Now there’s a Twitter bot which will “dream” your photo in the style of a great artist. “Deep Forger is a Twitter account which will generate a version of any picture fed to it in the style of any other picture.” I sent it a picture of my feet and it’s in an 81-hour queue. Let’s see how it turns out. Original picture:

Twitter Don’t Wanna Talk About Its Bots

Motley Fool: Twitter don’t want to talk about its bots. “Twitter is so desperate for MAU [Monthly Active Users] growth that it classifies automated software, like Apple’s Shared Links feature on Safari, as “active users.” In the past, Shared Links automatically aggregated links from followed Twitter accounts onto a bookmark-like page, and Twitter counted every automatic update as an ‘active’ user. But after the iOS 8 update, Shared Links only updated the links whenever it was manually opened. In response, Twitter blamed the iDevice maker for its loss of 4 million ‘MAUs’ during the fourth quarter of 2014.”

More DM Space on Twitter Means More Capable Botnets

Increased DM sizes in Twitter has an unexpected side effect: more space for botnets. “London security researcher Paul Amar has built a tool capable of exploiting Twitter’s extended direct messaging function for covert botnet command and control. Amar created Twittor which allows attackers of white or black hats to create a fleet of compromised machines that can communicate, receive instructions, and update over the social network.”

Weird Twitter Bot Roundup From New York Magazine

New York Magazine has a great roundup of weird Twitter bots. Maybe you’ll get some ideas. “Bots can be the absolute worst part of Twitter. They can also be the best. In the last few years, artists and programmers have turned Twitter bots into an internet-native art form, producing bots that are often hilarious, usually weird, and sometimes unexpectedly poetic.”

Presidential Candidate Twitter Accounts: Bot or Not?

A Wall Street Journal Blog Post ran several US presidential candidates’ Twitter accounts through a bot detector to see how botlike they are. “The software works a little bit like our own brains, collecting thousands of data points. Does the account post messages in bursts like real humans or does it plod along at a regular cadence? Does its network of followers seem suspiciously robotic? Do its messages feel like they were written by humans or not? If you score 80% or higher, the odds are pretty good that you’re a bot; 40% or lower is considered absolutely human.” @ResearchBuzz, put through the same test, scores 35% bot.

All About Blockbots

The MIT Center for Civic Media has an interesting article on blockbots. “What are block bots? They are information infrastructures that support community curated collective blocklists. People who were having to block the same kinds of people were doing much of the same work. Using a block bot, when one account is added to this community blocklist, everyone who is already subscribed will get all of those blocks as well.” I knew about blockbots in the context of Twitter but I had no idea that the concept as a whole was as well developed as it is.

Twitter Bot Dips Into the Old Internet With the Wayback Machine

Ooh, fun. This Twitter bot tweets goodies from the Wayback Machine. “The bot utilizes the Wayback Machine, which began in 1996 as a project of the Internet Archive (a nonprofit digital library which has copies of 439 billion webpages) and Alexa Internet (a search engine precursor to Google which now runs analytics).The Wayback Machine now contains approximately 23 petabytes of data, and is growing at a rate of 50-60 terabytes per week.”

Now Available for Free: News-Writing Bot

Want your own news-writing bot? Here ya go. “Today Automated Insights has launched a beta version of its new free service based on Wordsmith, the technology it uses to generate stories for companies like the AP. Typically, Automated Insights, much like its competitor Narrative Science, works with large customers to create the templates that the Wordsmith software fills in. This new service allows anyone to create their own templates and dump data into them on their own.” I’m imagining many opportunities for shenanigans.

Slack Bot Suggests NYT Social Media Posts

The New York Times is using a Slack bot to decide what stories to post to social media. “Blossom, an intelligent bot within the messaging app Slack, predicts how articles or blogposts will do on social and also suggests which stories editors should promote by drawing from enormous stores of data, including information on story content and performance metrics such as Facebook post engagement. Blossom can also show the basics of where posts have already appeared and how they are currently performing.”

Twitter Bot Will Make Glitch Art Por Voo

Like Google’s Deep Dream, the AI that turns photos and videos into trippy, dogfaced art? Check out this Twitter bot for making glitch art. “After mentioning PixelSorter in a tweet with an uploaded image, it will then download the image, and begin segmenting an image into rows or columns according to their hue, brightness, luminance, etc. A few moments later, PixelSorter will @reply you with its own glitched-out version of the image you just uploaded.”