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Not all Twitter bots are bad

An ode to the best of the automated accounts.
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All my friends are bots.

Eleanor Cummins and her incredible screenshotting abilities

Twitter is cracking down on bots. A fundamental part of the social media platform’s appeal, these automated accounts provide information—and comedy and artistry—in ways that are totally acceptable under the site's terms of service. Twitter's API, which helps external software meld with the site, supports users in building their own, leading to a

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