“@HaikuD2” by John Burger

Screen capture of "@HaikuD2" by John Burger. John Burger's "HaikuD2" twitter profile. Text: "(Profile description) / Automatically / searching for art created / inadvertently I run on @johndburger's laptop / en.wikipedia.org/Haiku / (Recent post #1) / I'm a little girl / burt I have a big bubble... / Don't burst my bubble! / (Recent post #2) / Im not even mad / or anything anymore / my life is complete"
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This cleverly named bot finds haiku in the twitterverse and republishes them in a recognizable format. The program “runs on @johndburger’s laptop” and even though the code isn’t available, the basic procedure can be inferred from the results as a set of steps:

  1. The program uses Twitter API to pull tweets to analyze, filtering out anything that isn’t in English.
  2. It uses some sort of library, like the Wordnik API to identify and count the number of syllables in all the words obtaining a total for the tweet. With this procedure, it can identify tweets with exactly 17 syllables.
  3. It then determines which of those tweets can be divided into three lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables without cutting into any words.
  4. It formats the results to add: line breaks, a ” •” symbol at the end of the first two lines (to signal line breaks for Twitter clients that don’t support them), attribution to the writer of the original tweet, and the #haiku hashtag.
  5. Burger then selects the best haiku or simply posts the raw results (I’m not sure), and manually post or schedules about 6 tweets per day with a 4-5 hour interval between them.

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“Google Poetics” by Sampsa Nuotio and Raisa Omaheimo

Screen capture of "Google Poetics by Sampsa Nuotio and Raisa Omaheimo. Google Search's autocomplete feature provides search suggestions that are oddly poetic. Text: "(Autocomplete options for the phrase 'I need to') / ...lose weight / ...know / ...make money / ...lose weight fast"
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This found poem generator has been hiding in plain sight since October 16, 2010, since it is built into most of our Web browsers and in the Google main page. It is the Google Autocomplete feature (formerly a Google Labs feature called Google Suggest), which uses one of the largest crowd-sourced data sets in Internet history— Google searches— to suggest search strings to users as they type into their search windows. Nuotio and Omaheimo explain how we can find poetry in this space:

Google Poetics is born when Google autocomplete suggestions are viewed as poems.

Google’s algorithm offers searches after just a few keystrokes when typing in the search box, in an attempt to predict what the user wants to type. The combination of these suggestions can be funny, absurd, dadaistic – and sometimes even deeply moving.

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