YOU ARE NOT ALONE

Experimental | creative application

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You are not alone is a twitter bot that replies to every tweets that contains "I am alone" sentence. This project was done in Appropriating technologies class in NYU ITP, Fall 2013, taught by Kyle McDonald and Lauren McCarthy.

Preface

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.

 

 

As a result of this experiment, I got suspended from Twitter.

 
 

 Twitter team notified me that the numbers of replies that I've made was exceeding the maximum. From a few days results, it wasn't possible to conclude clear statement out of it, yet one thing I can assure.  Now people expect less from others, and express more to get fulfilled.