In my previous post, I talked about how after Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter, I was giving more attention to Mastodon. Since then, I killed my twitter account, launched my own Mastodon instance, launched three new Mastodon bots (including a new one that goes live this morning), and converted Joe Travels to only post to Mastodon.
The new bot is called Good Morning, Milwaukee! and I created it to test the limits of my ability to create a Mastodon bot. It gets sunset info, sunrise info, the weather, the news, and a live photo. For the news article, it randomly picks between the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal (limited to just local stories) and the Milwaukee Business Journal. Once it picks a publication, it picks a random story amoungst the five most recent ones. For the live photo, it picks a random one from three (i43 at Silver Spring Drive, Cathedral Square Park, or the Milwaukee River at the MIAD campus). The whole bot is written in Node, using Pipedream.
I don’t consider any of this to be a finished product. Everything is going to need some tweaking, moving forward. I’m going to try to stop building new bots, though.
Please drop a comment if you have any questions and feel free to check out Toot Works if you are interested in checking out what Mastodon is all about.