my version of the bot lives here https://mastodon.social/@newsbot
Writing to Mastodon’s API isn’t too hard! Here’s my Tumblr-to-Mastodon bot, written in Python to run on AWS Lambda. It posts to @firstname.lastname@example.org. Darius Kazemi’s Mastodon OAuth page was helpful.
Mastodon’s API seems well designed; it’s downright easy. Here is an OpenWeatherMaps bot I wrote for a hackathon. source.
I’m really pleased to see people finding ways to make Mastodon more useful for people who currently use Twitter to consume specific feeds. Kudos to the author :)
I’m not sure Mastodon.social permits news bots so if you get booted botsin.space accepts all bots.
thanks for the heads up :)
It also federates with mastodon.social so you should have no problems with people being able to see it.
and it’s up https://botsin.space/@newsbot
I would much prefer a Mastodon -> Twitter mirror that auto-splits posts and replies to the origin. Has anyone seen such a thing?
It’s not for Mastodon yet (they don’t support the needed standards) but I use http://brid.gy to do this
I use Moa to do just that.
It would be trivial to tweak the bot to go the other way. It already handles talking to both Twitter and Mastodon APIs, so you could follow Mastodon timeline instead, and then post from it to Twitter.
I realize I’m a mutant but I really rather enjoy Mastodon’s separateness.
Twitter is a monoculture. Mastodon is a community of communities. To me, that difference is both critical and telling.
I think the benefit there is that it eases the transitions when we have a way to bridge twitter and mastodon/fediverse. IMO the fediverse offers more than twitter so people will naturally migrate if the two choices (twitter/mastodon) are equal.
If they can’t talk to their friends and the celebs on Twitter it’s not as good of a tradeoff.
Twitter bots should be banned. We don’t want Twitter’s content on the fediverse.
The whole point of fediverse is that nobody gets to decide what everybody wants. Don’t want Twitter bots, run your own instance where you ban them or find one that does. It’s that simple. Personally, I use it as a news feed and I find it very convenient.
The author of Mastodon disagrees, if you subscribe to his view of what the fediverse should aspire to be
Again, the beauty of Mastodon is that nobody decides for everybody.