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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Social Media Comment Bot, Random Stuff, and More

- for a while now I've been half interested in how to create social media bots since huge amounts of traffic on the web that is automated now... Basically, what is happening is that individuals/companies are creating hype about themselves or others which leads to more interest, etc... I've been experimenting with various sites and techniques and it's incredible the increase in traffic that you can get provided things are done correctly...
social media bots percentage facebook
- Twitter and Wikipedia seem to be hugely dependent on these type of 'bots' to maintain accuracy and/or present an alternative viewpoint?
twitter bot
- one of the main problems with these bots is that there are limitations on what you can do for each site. You'll also need to setup an account seperately for each one and as with any pieces of software there's no guarantee that API's will remain the same into the future... Moving target issue is incredibly frustrating... That said there seems to be at least some FOSS work out there worth looking at? Alternative, is that you resort to using something like Sikuli or xdotool. Will slow down performance of your bot drastically though...
comment bot youtube api
youtube api comments
make youtube comment reply python
social media bot
social media bot github
- main reason I'm interested in this is for marketing/sales purposes... Didn't realise how many social media services have a monetising/business component to them now? Twitter Business is effectively a prepaid marketing service
twitter ads
twitter ads billing
- this is one of the more fully featured services out there. That said, moving target issue means it has it's own problems. There are some bots which can be purcahsed off the bat out there if need be...
Twitter Bot - Automate Your Twitter Marketing For Free With Blue Bot
supagrowth twitter bot source code
- basic structure of a social media chat bot is pretty simple. First you need to summarise and analyse the text (this isn't really in wide spread abundance and most of the stuff I've looked at is kind of specialised. Some are really good at summarising specific types of documents. Basically a limitation in our AI technology at the moment?). Then create a suitable reply. Have looked at things like rivescript (and have built chatbots) in the past... May be worth re-looking at such code. Wonder whether you can automate 'clickbait'? Should be theoretically possible since so many people automatically look at things that are rediculous?
rive chatbot
linux summarise text
- possible to integrate a simplified AI engine but what's the point?
simple artificial intelligence
- if you want to rise up Internet rankings then you'll need to track trends. Google, Yahoo, Twitter trends obvious sources. Apparently, Marissa Mayer/Google said they would deploy an API for Google Trends some time down the track but there hasn't been any progress on this? Best we've had are third party plugins/hacks but noting direct from Google? Could just track the RSS trackers, news aggregators, etc? Google Analytics, Optimizely, Facebook Insights, etc... Most of them use standard file formats: JSON, XML, ATOM, etc... 
google trends csv data download
google trends mashup
- use final component to actually post news and comment...
post twitter linux cli
post message twitter python
post message twitter perl
post message facebook python
- this is an example of something that may potentially be much more sophisticated...
- online marketing directors and submission engines don't really work as well as they used to for Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) type work?
- so many dependencies for npm and relatively heavy frameworks becoming so common now? It's clear for me the Internet is a waste of time for a lot of stuff, because a lot of code that you want or need requires customised solutions? All seeing, all knowing AI-God as advocated by some isn't realistic yet (I've built prototypes/skeletons for stuff like this before though (private work))?
- I've obviously built some prototype/skeleton code. Download it here:
- details are as follows:
# This is basically the skeleton code for a social media bot. Integrate
# the code with components mentioned in relevant blog article for an
# increased, automated presence via social media platforms.
# As this is the very first version of the program it may be VERY buggy. 
# Please test prior to deployment in a production environment.

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Random Quotes:
- The United States has spent more than $5.6 trillion on foreign conflicts since 2001, more than three times the Pentagon has claimed in official estimates, according to a new study.

The US Defense Department reported earlier this year that it had spent around $1.5 trillion on wars launched after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.

But a study by the Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs at Brown University puts the total cost of foreign wars at $5.6 trillion, or $23,000 per taxpayer.

The study examines not only the money spent by the US military, but also by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department, for resources dedicated to the so-called “war on terrorism.”

Combat operations since 2001 “have been largely paid for by borrowing, part of the reason the US went from budget surplus to deficits after 2001,” study author Neta Crawford said.

As for the costs of specific conflicts, the study notes that the "two largest categories of expenses have been for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan."
- "Our brains are fried as we are studying every day" about virtual currencies, said the group's leader Rara Naruse, 18, as they began their live concert in Tokyo.

The band hopes to promote the idea "through entertainment" that virtual currencies are not just a tool for speculation but are a wonderful technology, she said.

Each of the eight girls in the band, known in Japanese as "Kasotsuka Shojo", plays a character representing a virtual currency such as bitcoin, ethereum or ripple.

Wearing character masks, frilly mini-skirts and "maid" aprons complete with knee-high socks, they performed in a small hall packed with dozens of hand-picked fans and media people.

Their tunes included their debut song, "The Moon and Virtual Currencies and Me", which warns against fraudulent operators and urges people to make sure of their online security.

In keeping with the theme, fans were required to pay 0.001 bitcoin (around $15) -- to take a picture with one of his favourite performer. The price includes a hand-shake and some small-talk.

The girls are paid in bitcoin and payment for admission to future performances and merchandise will only be accepted in virtual currencies.

Their message appeared to be getting through.

One fan, 43-year-old Hiroshi Kasahara, who runs an ad agency, said: "I have been trading stocks and forex but not bitcoin or other virtual currencies as I was a bit scared of them."

"But I feel like opening an account" if the group accepts payment only in virtual currencies, he told AFP.

Makoto Sato, 42, said the idol group had given him "a good introduction" to the world of cryptocurrencies.

"I may well give it a try as it can be a catalyst to make life more convenient and fun," said the 42-year-old office worker.

At the end of the performance, fans cheered and clapped, with one screaming out: "Can't stop loving you!"

The group is tapping into a rich seam in Japan, where bitcoin is recognised as legal tender.

Nearly one-third of global bitcoin transactions in December were denominated in yen, according to specialised website jpbitcoin.com.

The group's launch comes on the heels of a recent market frenzy which boosted bitcoin up to nearly $20,000.
- China in talks for sale of jet engine technology to Germany

China is in talks to sell Germany state-of-the-art machinery and technology critical in the manufacture of high-performance jet engines, a senior government scientist has revealed.

The machinery produced turbine blades capable of withstanding temperatures several hundred degrees Celsius higher than the melting point of metallic alloys, the scientist said.

The scientist, who is involved in the negotiations, asked not to be named because of the sensitivity of the matter.

Turbine blades convert heat generated by combusted fuel into the energy that propels a plane. The blades are one of the most important components in modern aircraft, both military and civilian, and their quality determines how safe, powerful and durable a jet engine will be.

The technological progress could be a very important step for made-in-China jet engines, with China now the world’s largest market for commercial aircraft. Thousands of planes are on order from Airbus and Boeing, and China is also developing its own C919 passenger jet.

In recent years, tremendous leaps in blade-processing technology, combined with breakthroughs in alloy casting and aerodynamic design, have allowed China to produce a brand-new series of powerful military jet engines.

The most notable example is the WS-15 turbofan jet engine, designed for use in China’s J-20 stealth fighter. The WS-15 has experienced reliability problems, but state media boasted last year that its performance matched that of the Pratt & Whitney F119, the world’s most advanced jet engine in military service, which was developed in the United States for the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor stealth fighter.

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