You probably don’t know what this is about, and that’s just fine. RandomBus was a twitter bot that I built with one singular purpose. It was there to suggest new and interesting Audiobus set ups. Now, if you don’t know what Audiobus is then there’s pretty much no point in going any further I’d say.
If you do know what Audiobus is then you’ll understand this a bit more. Basically RandomBus generated 3 random apps to work inside Audiobus. The tweet would have links to all three. All you had to do was to click on them to try out the ‘scene’. Anyway, after running for a couple of years I finally decided to close down the bot. It was fun whilst it lasted, but I’m not sure of its relevance anymore.
This is what they announced yesterday at the WWDC keynote. It was an interesting but not entirely unexpected development. Apple probably want to compete against the FB developers deploying bots into messenger. So they’ve responded with developer access to iMessage. I wonder how that will work out?
So I’ve been experimenting with the whole chat bot thing. Messenger chat bots to be precise. It’s a very interesting area actually. Creating a bot that can respond in a rudimentary way to what people are saying to it is quite a fun thing to experiment with. The main idea so far is to make a bot that can respond to questions for PalmSounds. My first attempts are up and running and working though. I’m quite pleased so far, but it needs more work before it’s ready for prime time.
Whilst mentioning VL tonifier I thought I’d also talk about another of my developing collection of bots, the RandomBus, which I launched a little while ago. It was fun to make and hopefully it’ll be fun for anyone who wants to follow it too. I’ve got some plans for the RandomBus, some interesting plans which I hope to get out in the next few weeks. When they come about I’ll let you know.
You may (or may not) have noticed that I’ve added a few pages for bots under the ‘things’ menu. A page for ‘RandomBus‘, and one for ‘Pullo‘ too. I’ll also be adding pages for bots I like, such as the graphic score bot. All in good time though.
I’m sure it won’t be the last either. It seems kind of flaky at the moment and the site doesn’t always load. There isn’t a huge amount there at the moment, but no doubt it will grow. I’m sure that’ll happen, probably a lot after today actually. If you’re interested you can find botlist here.
I’m trying to get my head around this bot stuff at the moment even though in theory I’ve built a couple myself, but not like the things that people are saying will come to the messenger platform (is that ever one overused word). But I am interested to see where this stuff goes and how it will be used, or more likely miss-used, as is more likely the case. Allegedly more will become clear on the messenger side today, which could be interesting.
I’ve mentioned this on PalmSounds just now but, as I’ve already made a bot called the Wisdom of Pullo and talked about it here a number of times, I thought I’d mention my new one, the RandomBus, which I’ve just launched. It was fun to make and hopefully it’ll be fun for anyone who wants to follow it too.