It’s not really a bot, but it’s a start

So I’m planning to write a small bot that will interact with my fb_friends and I’ve just started writing it but can’t wait to share it with you. It’s also a test for me, as I’m planning on documenting this experiment at about every step (if I manage to keep interest in it).

Right now, it doesn’t do much:

  1. It logs in my account on Facebook
  2. Finds the 1st “like” button available and clicks it
  3. Posts a “Hello World” as a status
  4. Logs out 

Nothing fancy, but this takes roughly 3 seconds. :)

If you wish to try it out for yourself, here is the file

View this on Posterous

All you’ll need to do is install the Selenium extension for firefox, load this file, place your Facebook login and password in the right field and hit “Play”. (You need to be logged out out of Facebook first in order to make it work but you can play the script from web page your on.)

Here’s a screenshot of sellenium loaded with it to help you out.


Hope you like it. :)

Oh yes, almost forgot. This is all open source software. So, do whatever, but it’s at your own risk ;)


So I quit Facebook… (cc @postaday))

… well not really.

I’ve announced yesterday that I’ll stop interacting with my fb_friends in the usual manner. From now on, I’ll only use bots on Zuckerberg’s platform. And see how far it goes.

This has brought quite a lot of comments and speculation, which I didn’t expect (I don’t get that much comments usually). Especially questions about how would the bot react.

Well, there is right now one bot acting on my behalf. And it’s the one from Posterous (posting this item to you btw). But it doesn’t interact much with fb_friends. It’s just functions as a smart forward machine. Which is very handy. :)

For the other one I’m planning, it’ll be a bit different. But all I can say for now is that bots are beautiful. :) Check for yourself.

Yes, you can say that this FB thing is a NY resolution. Here’s another one:

PS: Don’t worry twitter, I’m still interacting with you. ;)