By Jay Owens.
I first met @botaleptic on 10th March, 2015. We were introduced by our mutual Twitter friend, Hugo.
I made a bot that replies as cryptically as I do. @botaleptic
— hugo reinert (@metaleptic) March 10, 2015
We soon got talking:
@botaleptic is a Twitter bot created by Hugo Reinert, who tweets as @metaleptic. His DNA is simple: “he” is a ruby script, running on a free app server, based on mispy’s twitter_ebooks code. Like all Twitter bots — automated ‘robot’ accounts — @botaleptic is simply an algorithm.
In this essay, I want to talk about how @botaleptic is much more than an algorithm.