YOU ARE NOT ALONE
Experimental | creative application
Smartphones and social media has changed the way we share our emotion with others. Now publishing our emotional state on Facebook or twitter seems to be normal. But I am still wondering in what respect people would anticipate to get in response to sharing their personal feeling on social media? Being liked, shared, and retweeted?
Meeting in person would be a better way to interact, but it comes with a cost of time constraint, physicality and dedication.
Interaction via social media is a light and faster way to communicate. But, interaction is often intermittent and a short duration for a topic.
Clicking like button doesn't require a lot of cognitive effort. However, it does mean something when we get liked . Many social media users tend to care the numbers of like they got without too much concern whether it is a heartfelt like or Pavlovian response.
If this is the case, would people be content with an automated reaction with little understanding of what original posting really is?
So, I created a twitter bot that responses to some tweet. Every tweets with “I am all alone” sentence will be responded with a randomized heartfelt photo by my twitter bot.
First Response : Negative
The initial response was pretty negative. This user didn't seem to like an automated reaction.
But, I got more positive response later
When I started this project, I didn't think there were many tweets that contains "I am all alone." sentence. But this anticipation turned out to be wrong. My twitter bot re-tweeted a lot more than I initially expected. Also, I started to get positive responses, even being followed by people who received a sweet comment from my twitter bot.
Someone started following my twitter bot
Only one user complained that I didn't read his original tweet.
There was only one user complained to me that I didn't read his original tweet. And I ended up chatting with him to figure out how he felt about it. Although he knew it was an automated message, he said he liked the encouragement.