twitterbot (and other generative text) resources

Next class (Wednesday 9/16), we’ll be covering generative grammars, using a javascript library called Tracery. We’ll work on things together, but if anyone wants to look at resources ahead of time, they are available online (linked below). We’ll be integrating our grammars with Cheap Bots Done Quick, a twitterbot hosting service that uses Tracery. Everyone should be able to get a simple twitterbot running in class. Please take a look through other bots for inspiration, or just to get a good sense of what is possible.


Kate Compton’s Tracery


Github (full documention);

Visual editor;


George Buckenham’s Cheap Bots Done Quick


some twitterbots made with cheap bots done quick-
If you’re interested in this type of work, I’ve attached a zip file of some longer-form generated literature below- feel free to download and read through a few. The Policeman’s Beard is Half Constructed is particularly interesting, as it is very early (1984!). There are also several works from the annual NaNoGenMo (the generative answer to NaNoWriMo, where one writes a 50k word novel in November), and some chapbooks (including my own).

Zip file-  generated text (& friends)