In reflection to Week 10’s lecture about non-human Twitter accounts, I decided to create a Reddit bot: /u/ReallyLikePancakes. Much like Twitter bots, there are already numerous Reddit bots including AutoWikiBot and CoinFlipBot. My ability to actually make an app that does this properly is pretty limited, so the bot itself isn’t exactly useful, but it can still be amusing at times.
What the bot does is constantly search all new comments posted to Reddit for the word “pancake”, and responds to these comments with “Yum! :)” That’s it. Useful, right?
After finishing the program and ironing out some pretty major issues such as the bot constantly replying to itself, I ran the bot for 24 hours to see some of the responses. To see all the comments, check out the bot’s Reddit profile. Here are some examples of the bot’s comments:
The bot’s still running, you can test it out by using the word “pancakes” in a comment! Note that /r/AskReddit bans all bots, so it doesn’t work there any more 😦