Twitter Advent Calendar, Day 5: Badvent & Bot


It wouldn’t be fair to talk about examples of what folk do on social media and only show they good stuff, so here are a couple examples of Twitter being used for advent content that I could have likely missed, and not minded much. You’ll notice the two pages look almost the same? This is because they both use the default generic blah blue Twitter background. Please, don’t do this to people. You have a personality, right? You somewhere have a picture or even just a color that you like? Or that someone you like likes? Try using something to show you are a real person, and not just an afterthought.

Twitter AdventBot: https://twitter.com/#!/adventbot

Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 5: Badvent & Bot

The Advent Calendar Bot is a software “robot”, a program that does things without requiring a human to pay attention, once it is set up the way the designer wishes. Typically, bots are not well appreciated on Twitter. People want mostly to talk to another person or get useful content. They tend to get cranky about either being fooled into thinking a bot is a person or having their time wasted with a automaton. So what does this bot do? It tells you how many days to Christmas. And it changes the profile picture. Every day. That’s it! You’ll notice that while it isn’t very exciting, it does direct you to another far more interesting stream for its programmer. I will say, though, that relying on the default Twitter background for a bot is actually not at all inappropriate, since it reinforces that the bot is NOT a person.

Twitter: Badvent Calendar: https://twitter.com/#!/badventcalendar

Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 5: Badvent & Bot

the Badvent Calendar is, as you probably already guessed, punny. At least it tries to be. Badvent retells the Nativity story in the sort of puns that are reminiscent of, shall we say, young adult humor, replete with puns that will make you wince at least as much as they make you laugh. It is very clearly set in contemporary times, with Mary and Joseph confused about the difference between Jersey and Jerusalem at one point, references to popular culture (such as Scoobydoo) and Superbowl-type of commercial products. It could make a decent script for late night Comedy Central poorly animated television. To sum it up, it is thoroughly irreverent.

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