Workshop: Making Twitter Bots for Digital and Cultural Literacy

On Saturday, July 29 at 1:15 pm, I will be offering a workshop on creating Twitter bots at the Digital Pedagogy Lab in Vancouver.

Here’s a link to a Google document for the workshop that will allow you to read and make comments on the document. Please feel free to use the comment functionality to chime in and ask questions.

Those interested in participating will profit most from the workshop by reading the document and doing the first three steps:

  1. Explore the Twitter bot examples listed in the document for ideas and inspiration to come up with a concept and basic operation of a bot you would like to create.
  2. Think of sentence templates, variables, and datasets that you can use to generate the kind of output you want your bot to generate. Here are some useful resources.
  3. Create a Twitter account for your bot.
  • You will need an e-mail address for that account. You can create one from scratch, or if you have a Gmail account, you can add +botname to your e-mail address before the @ sign (
  • Flesh out the account with a profile picture, header picture, and description. This is where you begin to develop its character and personality.

And if you can’t do it, no worries! Those who don’t have an individual bot project to develop will work collectively to create a bot in the workshop. Here’s a link to our worksheet:

You can download a PDF of the document, visit the live document or read it embedded below.