Interview bots #botweek Bot Benediction, 2015

Bot Benediction, 2015

Our now-traditional #botweek closing peers inside our metaphors and the fragile magic of the bots we make, use, and love.

Roundup bots #botweek Attack of the Helpful Chatbots

Attack of the Helpful Chatbots

A roundup of the little bots that make daily research and administrative tasks easier and more fun.

Project bots #botweek The Strange Tale of FCCliefs

The Strange Tale of FCCliefs

It started as a joke and turned into hashing through thousands of Net Neutrality comments the hard way, then building a chatbot to post them and interact with curious readers.

How-to bots #botweek Die, Bot, Die!

Die, Bot, Die!

When and how to say goodbye to the bots when something has gone terribly wrong…or when no one’s really laughing anymore.

How-to bots #botweek Node.js Twitter Hi, Weatherbot!

Hi, Weatherbot!

A Node-based Twitter bot, one easy step at a time—plus the way John Keefe teaches basic botmaking to class of journalism/design students.

Tool bots Twitter #botweek Mockingjay: A Smarter Repeater

Mockingjay: A Smarter Repeater

Meet our Twitter bot that follows a list of users and retweets them when they mention a certain topic.

Tool bots #botweek elections Thank You, Electionbot

Thank You, Electionbot

Offloading some of a burden of continuous human monitoring to a friendly bot can be just the comfort you need on a cold Election Night.

Interview #botweek markov Source_ebooks


A final goodbye to #botweek. As told by a bot.

Roundup bots #botweek Bots with Thoughts

Bots with Thoughts

Jacob Harris on magic, aesthetics, and the newsbot frontier.

How-to Python #botweek bots A Botmaking Primer

A Botmaking Primer

Not sure where to begin with this whole bot thing? Joseph Kokenge is here to help you get started with botmaking 101.

Roundup bots #botweek Quakebots and Pageview Quotas: Bot or Be Botted?

Quakebots and Pageview Quotas: Bot or Be Botted?

Matt Waite on Daft Punk, algorithmic news, hamster wheels, and journalism’s Rushkoff moment.

Project Ruby bots #botweek A Bot to Find the Source of Serendipity

A Bot to Find the Source of Serendipity

Just before Thanksgiving last year, a new novelty Twitter account gained notice in our newsroom. @NYTMinusContext, promising “All Tweets Verbatim From New York Times Content. Not Affiliated with New York Times.” tweeted fragments from Times articles that you might not think twice about while reading in article format. Isolated, though, these phrases can be absurd, surprising, and delightful.

Project bots #botweek An Open Source Bot Factory

Albert Sun from Interactive News team at the New York Times tells how they use Huginn, a Ruby on Rails project, to create automated agents and scheduled tasks.

Project bots Twitter sports #botweek How We Made @NailbiterBot

How We Made @NailbiterBot

The first full round of March Madness is Christmas morning for college basketball fans: 2 days, 32 games, lots of upsets and late-game drama. Last week, on the first full day of the tournament, WNYC transportation reporter Jim O’Grady casually mentioned that he couldn’t keep tabs on all the action during the day. He wished he could get a text message whenever a game was coming down to the wire so he would know when to neglect his professional responsibilities and tune in for the end. I started kicking around the idea in my head a little, and after work my colleague Jenny Ye and I decided to take a break from writing weird JavaScript to write some more weird JavaScript. The result was @NailbiterBot, a humble Twitter bot that posts a tweet whenever an NCAA tournament game is close late in the second half.

Project algorithmic journalism bots #botweek How to Break News While You Sleep

How to Break News While You Sleep

Around 6:25 a.m. I was awakened by a jolt from slipping tectonic plates. The tremor didn’t last very long, and as soon as my window stopped rattling my first thought was to check for an email.

Roundup automation bots #botweek Welcome to Bot Week

Automated news-gathering tools aren’t new, but they’re multiplying like crazy and getting quite a bit of attention. Little bots have also turned into interesting remixing devices and distribution channels, especially on Twitter. This week on Source, we’re going 100% bot.

Project Google Spreadsheets Python Flask CMS Tarbell Meet Tarbell

Meet Tarbell

Introducing a very simple content management system from the Tribapps team (and friends).