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Promising to do anything in under an hour is tough when it comes to technology. Yet, in a new post over the weekend, Daniel Peterschmidt (a former intern at NPR) turned digital producer says it is possible — and proves the point by providing detailed instructions.

I’m fascinated by these how-to-code tutorials because they reveal a desire among everyday users and techies alike to make bots. Judging from the comments, which are mostly praising him but also asking questions about tweaking the code (which means they are actually following the instructions), the concept is attracting a lot of interest. And why not? If you can really make a Twitter bot that responds to users in an hour, and if you can really use a tool like Gupshup or Chatfuel to create a Messenger bot, what else can you do?

You can read the full post on how to make the Twitter bot here.

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softwarepeople Facebook, Google and Twitter have to deal with outrageous amounts of spam and abuse. They hire teams of engineers to stop trolls, outwit bad actors and otherwise keep their walled gardens free of misanthropes. It’s a costly business. Huge teams of Full-Time Employees, or FTEs, are charged with stopping these attacks at other companies, and it’s easy to imagine millions of dollars… Read More

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email-forgotten One of the magical innovations of the Web 2.0 era was when the bigger social platforms opened their doors to third-party app developers. LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter widely touted ,and profited from, the concept of allowing consumers to plug their social graph into other applications. We saw the meteoric rise of games, apps and business tools that leverage the ability to quickly insert… Read More

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twitter-balance Like a lot of tech companies in Silicon Valley, Twitter last year published numbers about the different backgrounds and cultures of its employees, and its numbers were revealed to be rather white and very male. Specifically, as of last July, 70 percent of its employees were men, and 72 percent of its managers were white.
Mother Jones called the numbers “embarrassing.” Twitter… Read More

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Here’s how much you’re worth to these tech giants
Major internet tech companies like Facebook, LinkedIn, Amazon, Yelp, and Twitter only exist because you, the user, patronize them. The folks at HowMuch.net… have broken down what one person using the services of these companies is worth to that company.
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