Twitter has always held the title of never stopping entertaining users, and this week was no different. As businesses and marketing agencies took to social media to celebrate Women’s Day, @GenderPayGapBot on Twitter revealed the gender pay gap across all businesses celebrating IWD. “Employers, if you tweet about International Women’s Day, I will retweet your gender pay gap,” the page warns.
A Twitter bot is a type of bot software that controls a Twitter account through the Twitter API, and although the platform is plagued with “bad bots”, Twitter recently announced an update that classifies ” good bots”. “Robots actually come in all shapes and sizes, and chances are you’re already following one you like,” says Twitter. The last few years have seen the greatest creativity of programmers who have created self-help, reminder-oriented, dissent-oriented, hilarious, helpful, artistic, and even poetic robots.
Analytics India Magazine has identified some of the best bots to watch in 2022.
Have you ever wondered what Yahoo was like in the past decade? The 2022 trend dates back to the 2000s, and the Twitter bot @wayback_exe does just that. Vintage websites and portals before today’s state-of-the-art browsers are always fascinating to explore, and Twitter users can do just that with this bot. It generates screenshots of old websites and browsers from the Wayback Machine digital archive and tweets them every two hours a day. The message also includes the make and year of the screenshot.
Russ Garrett is a generalist software developer, systems architect and operations engineer. His passion project, @dscovr_epic, a Twitter bot, tweets near real-time images of Earth taken by the EPIC camera on NASA’s DSCOVR satellite. Based on the NASA website, the bot tweets the images within 36 hours of posting them online. Images are displayed with their time and location in UTC.
Charles Bergquist is the director of Science Friday, a public radio science program distributed by WNYCStudios. His Twitter bot, @IFindPlanets, is straight out of a fantasy movie. The bot tweets about new planets, worlds, and universes and imagines what they might look like. Although they may be very wrong, the imagination is worth thinking about.
Computer programmer and game designer Allison Parrish @deepquestionbot on Twitter is sure to encourage regular deep dives into questions that make you question your reality. Not all of these questions are philosophical, although some are just silly and hilarious and definitive to entertain your Twitter feed. The bot is trained on the information contained in ConceptNet.
@RUOligarJets and @ElonJet
19-year-old student at the University of Central Florida, Jack Sweeney, made the news with its aircraft tracking robots, @RUOligarJets and @ElonJet. The Auto-Broadcast Dependent Surveillance System is required for jet aircraft flying in the US and EU. Their GPS broadcasts and on-board sensors are often accessible to anyone with a suitable listening device. Amid the Russian-Ukrainian war, the bot tracked planes carrying Usmanov and other leaders, tracking the movements of 46 jets used by more than 20 Russian oligarchs. His other bot, @ElonJet, has become popular for tracking Musk’s private jet (N628TS). This drew the attention of Elon Musk himself to Jack.
Metaculus is dedicated to generating accurate predictions about real-world future events using its aggregation engine. The Twitter bot @metaculusAlert studies the predictions related to the Russian-Ukrainian war made by the engine. He tweets whenever the Metaculus community’s prediction for a question about the conflict in Ukraine changes significantly. The bot was created by Nikos Bosse, a PhD student in epidemiology and employee at Metaculus.
For every forgetful person, the @RemindMe_OfThis Twitter bot is the way to go. The bot reminds you of everything you ask it. All you have to do is reply to the bot or tweet with “@RemindMe_OfThis”. Mention the time and the thing you want to remember, and the bot will do the needful. Users even asked the bot to remind them of things to do in 2 years.
Have you ever seen an old photo that you wish you could see under colored light? @Colorize_Bot transforms any black and white image into colored versions using AI. The bot responds within ten minutes of being mentioned in a tweet. Users need to share an ab/w image with the bot, and @colourize_bot will take care of that.
@emojimashupbot is made to make your emoji dreams come true. The bot, created by programmer Louan Ben, creates a mix of two emojis to create a singular emoji showing dual emotions. This bot also has a sibling account, @emojimashupmorewhich creates new emojis from three random emoji parts.