I have no say in the #EUref so I made a bot

Isn’t it unfair that as a EU citizen who has been living (and paying taxes) in the UK for more than 10 years I have no right to vote in arguably the most influential referendum in my life so far?

No taxation without representation …said someone a couple of centuries ago, and it didn’t go well for Britain after that one.

After the referendum was announced and I discovered I couldn’t vote, I signed a few petitions (in vain). I was reassured by the polls giving the status quo a strong lead. Yet that lead has been eroding over the weeks, while my frustration mounted.

So what to do?

Make some noise on social media!

twitter.com/referendumBot

WTF?

Every hour, the bot scrapes the content of referendum.wtf and tweets one of the reasons for Britain to stay IN or get OUT of the EU. Plus some useful links for you to make up your mind.

Referendum.wtf is a neutral, no-nonsense guide to the EU Referendum, bringing you the arguments on both sides, but only the ones supported by actual facts, so you can make an informed decision. Made by Jeremy Evans and Jonny Bottomley.

Will it help?

I’m not sure.

There’s already a lot of noise on social media around the #EUref. Cutting through it with some fact-based bite-sized beeps may or may not work.

But I felt like I had to do something.

How did I do it?

  1. The data (crowd)source is on this Google Doc, maintained by the awesome people behind referendum.wtf.
  2. I made a tiny scraper
  3. … which feeds the data into the bot grammar.

What next?

If you’re registered to vote, I hope the facts and links the bot tweets out will help you decide where you stand, and give you some talking points.

Follow @referendumBot on Twitter: twitter.com/referendumBot