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Twitter bots: 5 interesting and helpful assistants on the microblogging platform you must try

Twitter bots can be annoying, and some can be fun. Here are five interesting ones you should try out.

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Twitter is a good platform for content discovery and quick information. Surprisingly, the platform is capable of doing much more. With Artificial Intelligence (AI) getting some attention, bots are becoming a bit prominent. Yes, there are some annoying bots that instantly reply when you tweet using certain keywords or hashtags, but then there are some interesting bots that can simplify your life. Here’s a quick look at some of the interesting Twitter bots you might want to try.

Etsy

With the holiday season just around the corner, you might be looking for gifting ideas for your near and dear ones. Etsy bot can help you narrow down on the perfect gifting option. While Etsy is one of the well-known e-commerce sites in the US, it doesn’t ship products to India. But then, an idea is an idea.

To access the bot, head over to Etsy’s Twitter profile and click on ‘Message’ button to send a DM. Now, here you will get two options – take a gift finder quiz, or have a question or issue. As the options suggest, you can take the quiz, which will ask you some questions like the kind of gift you are looking for, something to eat and drink, or make something (DIY).

Once you answer the questions, you will be greeted with a link to view gifts, retake quiz or share the results. Clicking on the view gifts option will take you to the particular section on the gifting website. The other option lets you highlight issues with your order, account, discrepancies in payment or other such issues.

NFL

Fan of NFL? The NFL Twitter bot is active via DMs and allows you to vote in positions for the 2018 Pro Bowl. Just DM the bot with “Begin NFL #ProBowlVote” and it will give you a list of positions such as Quarterback, Running Back, Tackle, Center, Guard, Cornerback and more.

 

In the next step, you have to choose a team, after which it will show you the list of players playing in that position. Once chosen, it will ask you for confirmation if you want to vote for that player. You can also vote for another player from a different team playing in the same position, or a different player playing in a different position. You can then tweet your vote, and also follow the team that you are supporting.

India Spend Air (Air Quality)

The time after Diwali, which also marks the start of winter, brings one of the biggest concerns – smog. It is also the time when the air quality goes for a toss, with pollution reaching alarming levels. If you want to check the air quality on your area, the information is just a tweet away.

Currently, the IndiaSpendAir bot only offers results for cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Agra, Bhopal, Raipur, Gwalior and Chandigarh to name a few. To know the air quality in your area, all you need to do is tweet – #Breathe followed by your city name. Soon after tweeting, you will get a revert back in a couple of minutes.

Live Scheduler

The LiveScheduleBot 2.0 is active on DMs, and it makes it easy to find what is broadcasting live on Twitter. To begin with, you need to start a DM conversation with the Twitter account by choosing from one of the quick replies.

From among the program / event, choose one, and it will find the link, date and time, and reply you with the same. Additionally, there are buttons that allow you to follow tweet about the event, follow the Twitter handle, and visit their website.

Spider-Man

This is an interesting bot that interacts with you over DMs and also shares action shots from the comic book. It will also direct you to answer some questions and decipher riddles. To begin with, you simply need to follow the Spider-man bot and send a DM.

It will call you buy your Twitter username and will also ask if it can call you with some cool name with options. It will then send you a GIF from a comic book and then ask you a question. If you are unable to decipher, it will also give you some hints.

You can also send your location to the bot, and it will tell you where to ‘report for duty’ and fight the evil army.

These are some of the interesting bots, and there are many more, which we will talk about some other time. Till then, try these out, and stay tuned for me.

  • Published Date: November 27, 2017 4:05 PM IST