A Twitter ‘bot’ is tweeting nice things at random people in order to combat cyberbullying on the social network and online in general.
Tweeting under @TheNiceBot, the virtual good samaritan’s goal is to counteract the negativity on Twitter by sending every single user a compliment.
NiceBot’s Twitter bio reads: “I am The NiceBot. Something mean is posted on Twitter every 60 seconds, so I have been programmed to deliver random niceness every 30 seconds. Have a nice day!”.
U.S. anti-bullying charity Champions Against Bullying teamed up with creative agency Deutsch to create the friendly bot, which tweets out a pre-defined list of friendly lines to a database of Tweeters.
With more than 300 million users on Twitter, the bot has some way to go to hit its target of reaching every single one.
A few 3D-printed NiecBots have also been made featuring Raspberry Pi microcomputers. The have been sent out to ‘celebrity influencers’ who have previously been involved anti-bullying campaigns.
Image credit: ChampionsAgainstBullying.org/Deutsch