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So what exactly is a "bot"? Well, it really depends on who you ask.

An Internet bot, also known as web robot, WWW robot or simply bot, is a software application that runs automated tasks over the Internet. Typically, bots perform tasks that are both simple and structurally repetitive, at a much higher rate than would be possible for a human alone.

-- Wikipedia

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Bunch of Twitter usernames that are not controlled by people, but are just robots that are programmed to release the information related to all these different things. And that's really interesting.

-- A user experience tester

Related: General essays on bots and botmaking

In essence, an online bot is (usually) a simple program that does something a human would otherwise do, like post pictures on Tumblr or retweet Tweets that talk about cats.

You can pretty much think of bots as programs that turn sites like or into automated Twitter or Tumblr accounts.

Bots can be funny, useful, artistic -- but also annoying and spammy. This site -- and our community, are dedicated to the friendlier of the online bots.

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