The short but sweet life of @Sponsbot by Matthew Plummer Fernandez

July 26, 2012

@Sponsbot

@Sponsbot

The little fellow pictured above is @Sponsbot by Matthew Plummer Fernandez. @Sponsbot was a twitter bot that retweeted any tweets from the ‘massive sports event’* official sponsors and replaced any words from the banned list with provocative replacements..

*Offending word has been replaced by a safe and innofensive alternative phrase.

@Sponsbot lasted nearly a whole day before Twitter suspended him. Sadly he is pixelated here because this is the only picture we have of him during his short but sweet life.

@Sponsbot is one of a series of Bots created by Plummer Fernandez as part of his Botology project.

If he had had time to put it out, the press release about the project might have included the following.

‘@sponsbot is a new twitter bot of mine who is very excited about the olympics happening here in the UK. It follows and retweets what all the sponsrs are tweeting, but sadly has to replace some banned words that are now exclusive to the sponsors. Useful words like ‘summer’. To be lawfully correct it modifies the tweets with replacements such as ‘shambles’ and ‘corporate takeover’. So if you would like to follow a lawfully modified version of corporate branding babble, follow @sponsbot. A project by Plummer-Fernandez, year uhm…1984′

Other Bots still thriving include @sadB0T,@happyB0T, @NArtBot, @ErtBot, and @ecojo1

you can also follow the Botology project on Tumblr

Keep an eye out for Matthew on Twitter

Matthew will be working on several projects with us during the London Design Festival and at other places in the World over the next couple of months.

Eventbrite - Designersblock London 2012

Below are a selection of screen shots taken while @Sponsbot was active.

Twit Bots

Twit Bots

Rules and regulations

Rules and regulations

Twit Bots

Twit Bots

Twit Bots

Twit Bots

@Sponsbot Screen Shot

@Sponsbot Screen Shot