What would I say? New Facebook app takes the drudgery out of posting status updates
Why actually create your own status updates when your computer can do it for you?
Thu, Nov 14, 2013 at 11:15 AM
Tired of all your friends’ fun and clever Facebook updates when all you can come up with is “Donuts are good” or “I stubbed my toe”?
Well be weary no more. A new app promises to create entertaining status updates for the social media mecca so that you don’t have to.
The “What would I say?” app is the baby of a group of Princeton alums who hatched the plan during Hack Princeton 2013, a weekend event where techies meet to work on real-life, practical projects.
“We drank a lot of coffee and Red Bull and thought of fun things we could program that we could actually complete in a day and a half,” the app’s designers told The New Yorker.
So how does the app know what you would say? It accesses every post you’ve ever written, scrambles them up, rearranges them in some kind of order, and then spits them out. Et voila, you’ve got a new status update.
“Technically speaking,” say the app’s creators, “it trains a Markov Bot based on mixture model of bigram and unigram probabilities derived from your past post history.”
Now you just have to worry about your robot’s updates getting more “likes” than you do.
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