Today in Fun With Bots, we take a look at @NYPLEmoji, a bot by the New York Public Library, which responds to emojis tweeted at it by fans with startlingly similar photos from the library’s public image collection.
— NYPL Emoji Bot (@NYPLEmoji) August 14, 2016
The bot queries the library’s digital collection, which has more than 691,000 digitized images. It finds the one that most closely resembles the emoji, and tweets back the image. Sometime the bot just picks emojis itself and finds good photos to pair with them.
— NYPL Emoji Bot (@NYPLEmoji) August 8, 2016
The bot is the work of Lauren Lampasone, a digital producer at the NYPL, and Leonard Richardson, a software architect there.
Giving birth to a bot is by far the best thing I'm going to do all week/month
— pringles italia geriatric millennial (@lolibrarian) August 4, 2016
One of the problems libraries are facing in this increasingly digital world is how to remain relevant and useful with younger people. Emojis and bots? Nailed it.
— Leonard Richardson (@leonardr) August 4, 2016