Hi Daniel, I stumble across your post and was intrigued.
J.T. O'Donnell

Hi J.T.,

  1. There are all kinds of Twitter bots out there. Some are silly and for fun (like this one), and others have scientific applications. I think you’d find the segment that inspired the scifri_ebooks Twitter bot insightful: http://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/i-twitter-bot/
  2. We made our Twitter bot because our presence on social media is more playful and it went with the segment. It’s purpose is definitely supplementary.
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