The Rise of the Bots!

I found a really fun site that helps you create Twitter bots.
Cheap Bots, Done Quick!
Here are some of the most interesting ones:

Autofleneur:  a procedurally-generated guide to getting lost. It was inspired by the traditions of flânerie and psychogeography.

Tiny Gallery:  tiny galleries with tiny pictures. Charming defined.

Teleport Bot:  a text bot who teleports you to magical, inspiring places.

Lots of Eyes: pretty much what it says but iconic.

 

I am looking for ideas for making my own Twitter bot and I would love some ideas in the Google Form below.  Any and all are allowed.  I will choose one of the ideas and create a bot using the chosen idea (or at least try to do so).  You can make your own. Just follow the directions on the site (or this site)and Bob is your favorite uncle.

If you are looking for a useful bot for re-tweeting try this one. It, too, has dead solid directions.

 

 

Breadcrumbs for August

Sometimes it is fun to just tell a small story about the breadcrumbs you follow in the wild, wild Net. Here is one such.

I gather stories every morning for my newsletter. It’s fun. I get to keep my curating hand in good practice. In the end I added three links to today’s Nuzzel newsletter. One was about a journalism conference, one was about the reverse lookup image search engine TinEye, and the last was about a blog about booze in movies. Here’s how that happened. I think we need to share practice. I often have students do a similar breadcrumb exercise for class.

  1. Nuzzel feed for Newsletter (my facebook + twitter feed)
  2. Mediashift article about journalism conference ()  I love these because of the sheer density of useful tools and practical ideas, especially in disciplines like journalism and library science. Education, not so much.
  3. I find a Storify that sums up the conference

 

…and a tweet in the Storify about TinEye, a reverse image lookup tool I had totally forgotten about.

I upload it to TinEye and, yes, it does search gifs.  Here are the results.

25 results – TinEye

Please note that this search engine came up with 25 hits from over 21.2 billion images in 0.5 seconds.

Filtering for the oldest example of a jpg I find one on the site, Boozemovies.

 

P.S. Here are all the links in one place using the ultraneat web archiving tool, Webrecorder:

Webrecorder

Come Back, Gif. Come Back.

A recent encounter on Twitter:

 


I really missed Peter Kittle on #CLMOOC. Of course I thought of the closing scene from the incomparable Western, Shane.

I used the GifIt function on YouTube to create a gif clip.

Then I followed with an online tool you might not know–EZGIF.  It is so easy to add captions.

And just for fun I converted the original into the “new” animated png (APNG) format.

A couple of added benefits of using a tool like this.  You can really appreciate the cinematography in Shane especially in the shot-by-shot look in EZGIF.  Second, there are lots of pro tips for tweaking and optimizing your gif.  Have fun.