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First Twitter Bots Launched: Sports Teams, Weather, Stock Quotes

These might be the first push/pull Twitter applications.

For weather forecasts, add Forecast as a Twitter friend. Simply send it a direct message with your zip code, or city name, or city / state — for example ‘d forecast buffalo, ny’ or ‘d forecast 14217’. You will then receive a direct message back with your forecast.

For stock quotes, add Stock as a Twitter friend. Simply send it a direct message with the stock symbol — for example ‘d stock goog’. You will then receive a direct message back with the stock quote. Update: I updated this post, previously it said the username was Stocks — that was incorrect.

As for sports, you can add any of the following — each one publicly pushes score updates during a game for that selected team. Also, you can direct message any of the bots with a sport team to get a score for that team. For example, you could be a friend of Bulls and want to know the score of the Sabres hockey game — simply send the following then: ‘d bulls sabres’ and you’ll receive a direct message back with the Sabres score.

Future to come: Pushing you local sports teams news.

Note for Sports: These aren’t auto-adding you as a friend yet, thus, you can add them as a friend and get sports scores pushed to you — but you can’t direct message them yet. This will be working soon.

NBA
76ers
bucks
bulls
cavaliers
cavs
celtics
clippers
grizzlies
hornets
knicks
lakers
mavericks
miamiheat
nets
nuggets
orlandomagic
pacers
pistons
rockets
sac
sackings
sacramento
spurs
suns
supersonics
timberwolves
trailblazers
utahjazz
warriors
wizards
NHL
avalanche
blackhawks
bluejackets
blues
bruins
canadiens
canes
canucks
capitals
coyotes
devils
ducks
flames
flyers
islanders
lakings
leafs
lightning
minnesotawild
nyrangers
oilers
panthers
penguins
predators
redwings
sabres
senators
sharks
stars
thrashers
wings
MLB
theangels
theastros
theathletics
thebluejays
thebraves
thebrewers
thecardinals
thecubs
thedevilrays
thediamondbacks
thedodgers
thegiants
theindians
themariners
themarlins
themets
thenationals
theorioles
thepadres
thephillies
thepirates
therangers
thereds
theredsox
therockies
theroyals
thetigers
thetwins
thewhitesox
theyankees
NFL
49ers
azcardinals
bears
bengals
bills
broncos
browns
buccaneers
chiefs
colts
cowboys
dolphins
eagles
falcons
jaguars
jets
lions
nygiants
packers
patriots
raiders
ravens
redskins
seahawks
steelers
texans
thechargers
thepanthers
therams
thesaints
titans
vikings

Note: Both the Stocks and Forecast will auto-add you as their friend within 1 minute after you add them as a friend. The one problem with Twitter and the creation of these bots is that if you direct message someone that hasn’t made you their friend, then they don’t receive your direct message. But Twitter makes you have to have someone as a friend before you can even attempt direct messaging them, so that is good, because once you are alerted of that with an error message back to your phone (to add the username), then we add you as our friend. If you direct message via the web interface though, I don’t think it gives you an error — it’s a Twitter bug.

  • http://www.weenieroast.net Chris

    Are these people setting up websites to promote their bots, or are they just relying that people will stumble across them and figure out how to use them?

  • http://www.thedeplorableword.net/ Tom

    I’d like to see how many people start using them

  • http://www.bytehead.org/blog/ Bryan Price

    I think the weather bot is already overloaded I did a d forecast 32073, and it told me city not found, use d forecast zipcode.

    I guess it didn’t find the zipcode?

    response time is abysmal, but that may be Twitter’s fault.

  • http://www.kapilb.com/blog kapil

    it seems only US cities are in the list. I am from Mumbai India and that’s not on the list yet. So I will wait till that gets added. Any plans?

  • http://ihavebeenfloated.org Brad

    Hey! I added Forecast as a friend earlier tonight, and for the last seven hours I have gotten 2 emails A MINUTE from Twitter telling me that Forecast has added me as a friend. I submitted a bug report to Twitter before I followed the URL and found this post. Just thought I’d let you know, as well, just in case it is a bug on your side.

  • http://kosso.wordpress.com kosso

    Wow! now that’s what I can ‘squitting’ usernames!
    Great work! 😉

  • http://kosso.wordpress.com kosso

    what I ‘call’… not can.. 😉

  • http://kosso.wordpress.com kosso

    interesting use btw, of the dm api. This way the bot can reveal and display all its friends on its page. Previous method bots are really quite lonely (no mates) but still popular (followed) 😉

  • http://www.bytehead.org/blog/ Bryan Price

    Something fell down? All I’m getting are error messages. If I use a zipcode, nada. If I d forecast hi I get nada. I’ve tried different zipcodes, nada. d forecast London, England, error message.

    ?

  • Larry Honig
  • http://jluis-cokieflea.blogspot.com Jluis

    I Like the name and banner of this blog…nice one!

  • Jason

    It looks like Forecast has been spidering everyone’s social network on Twitter, adding them as friends. Shouldn’t there be a better way to enable communication than adding over 7,000 spurious “friends”? This doesn’t seem very scalable. Why not ask for a feature to allow direct messages even from people who aren’t your friends?

  • http://ihavebeenfloated.org Brad

    I’d like to point out, as well, that according to numerous people (thank you twittersearch), I am not the only one getting 2 emails a minute from Forecast adding us. Mine is still going. 24 hours now of 2 emails a minute. It’s kind of insane. There are at least 10 other people who have twittered that they are suffering from this.

  • http://dlinsin.blogspot.com David Linsin

    Does this also work for Germany?

  • http://www.nitallica.org/ Nicki

    In regard to Brad’s comment, I had to remove the bots from my profile after receiving about 80+ “add” emails. :(

  • http://www.twitterpixels.com Twitter Pixels

    Nice selection of squitted names 😉

  • not getting any forecast

    I checked this out; followed instuctions to get forecast, nothing. No messages, no direct messages, no twitters.

    Twitter is fine for a distraction, but not if your life gets tied up in it.

  • Derek Libby

    WTF happened to these things. Doesn’t look like any of them have updated in 3 weeks or so. What gives?

  • http://retweet.com Scott Robbin

    Thanks, Steve. Your articles on Twitter bots are great, and were an inspiration for me to create my own: timer.

    Timer lets you set reminders for yourself using Twitter’s direct message functionality.

    http://twitter.com/timer

    In addition, I setup a website that helps people learn about new Twitter bots, including the ones you mention above:

    http://retweet.com

  • http://www.twofortyeight.com/ Sean Scott

    i’d love to know which web service/product you are using to power your weather bot. Need a weather service for a web project that can handle some decent traffic and has pretty good response time

  • http://twitter.com/johnmiller John

    Hello,

    I don’t think the Forecast bot is working. I added Forecast as someone I wanted to follow. But, I did not get a return follow, and could not do a direct message and use the bot.

    John

  • http://www.justinrains.com/ Justin

    The Reds have not been updated in a year.. I guess the bots are down.

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  • http://feedusblog.com rick@feed.us

    hey dude,

    great bots. I’ve got winetweets and booktweets

    Working on archive sites for all.

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  • DyNama

    actually, the Forecast bot has almost 2,000 followers it is not following yet. it’s not following me, and i started following it a month or more ago, so it’s auto-follow mechanism must be broken :(