13 Great Fediverse Bots Worth Following

Original photo: “Robot Collection” by littlebluerobot

Bots are a persistent element in the fediverse. People have set up automated streams for a number of purposes: fetching content from other websites, mirroring Twitter accounts, and monitoring stocks are a few examples.

But there are a number of fediverse bots that are built on novel concepts and funny ideas, and following them can really add to the overall experience. Here are twelve great bots worth following today.

13. Emoji Bot

This emoji has always made me laugh.

This bot is near and dear to me; all it basically does is randomly mix and match emoji elements together to create something new. The results are often cute and sometimes hilarious.

12. Kills Fascists

This bot basically takes a noun, adds a random related image, and appends some text that says “THIS {NOUN} KILLS FASCISTS”. ‘Nuff said.

11. Dark Souls Messages Remastered

This bot posts a random message from the game Dark Souls 3 on an hourly basis. The statuses are often cryptic, and unintentionally funny.

10. How Cost BTC?

This one might actually be useful if you casually follow the cost of Bitcoin. Every hour, it will post the latest monetary values of a single Bitcoin in five different currencies.

9. Big Ben

Someone on the fediverse thought it would be funny to show the famous Big Ben clock tower that goes off on an hourly basis. It’s set to Britain time, meaning that the amount of bongs and the corresponding picture match up with it.

8. Train Bot

Inspired by choochoobot on Twitter, Train Bot leverages emoji to show a locomotive speeding through randomized landscapes. The train goes through cities, the countryside, forests, and farmlands. It also randomly sets the weather condition. This one is definitely a fan favorite.

7. Numberwang Bot

Numberwang Bot is based on a fictional math-themed game show called Numberwang. In it, contestants guess a random number, and the host tells them whether the number is numberwang or not. Occasionally, the bot will tell people that their inquiries are Wangnarum.

6. Detective Fin

This bot takes random pictures of Ice T from Law & Order SVU, and attaches a mad libs-style phrase to describe fictional street drugs composed of absurd ingredients. Every other post shared by the bot also goes on to describe the bizarre behavior of the people who consume them.

5. McMeme™ Auto Delivery System™

This entry stands out from the rest of the list due to how interactive it is. Rather than just a feed of content for you to subscribe to, McMeme responds to your commands after a mention. There’s an elaborate menu full of different image folders to randomly pull from.

4. Girl are you Bot

This bot follows a very simple formula. It’s a reimplementation of You Must Be: basically all this bot does is try to form a pickup line by randomizing a gender designation and a dictionary word, which it goes on to define in the statement. The result is often irreverent and super goofy.

3. InspiroBot

This bot uses an API to generate posts from the InspiroBot service, a weird system that mashes up pictures and text to create nonsensical inspirational posters.

2. Fortune

Fortune is an old GNU Social bot that is full of great quotes seemingly sourced from all over the place. Sometimes it’s a famous comedian or historical figure, sometimes it’s a book passage, and occasionally it’s a rant pulled from a Usenet archive. It never seems to run out of good content.

1. Safebot

Safebot is a GNU Social bot that works similarly to McMeme, but uses hashtags for actions and keywords. At the mention of the #safebot tag, it leaps into action and provides an image from the hashtag that follows it. Much of the content it provides is derived from anime and Internet culture.