Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Trove Tuesday: Playing with @TroveNewsBot

I LOVE the new @TroveNewsBot by Tim Sherratt (aka @wragge).

Built using the Trove API (which I had to read all about and think I understand), Tim has created the ultimate Trover's procrastination tool!

All you have to do is tweet @TroveNewsBot hello and you will get back a random newspaper article, and a nice greeting.

Or you can just tweet @TroveNewsBot #luckydip to receive back a random newspaper article - in the example above, I also put in a year and it sent back a random article from that year! Which I took as an invitation to correct some text for Trove... and to read the rest of that page...

Any other message tweeted to @TroveNewsBot is sent off to Trove to find a matching result in the newspaper database. Tim had fun asking the database for child rearing advice and collecting the results!