Answer questions automatically with a Twitter bot

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Answer questions automatically with a Twitter bot

Help people get the facts with Twitter bots that respond automatically when tweeted a question.

Bots interact with people in different ways – voice call, text messages, Twitter, WhatsApp and Facebook. They’re affordable, easy to set up and scale up to handle any number of incoming questions on any topic. Bots can also save information on the person asking the question for future follow up. These Twitter bots only respond when tweeted to, and don’t send out messages on their own.

How do Twitter bots help activists and campaigns? They provide messages to amplify and build lists of people’s Twitter handles interested in an issue, so they can be mobilized later.

Here are some example of how Twitter bots are being used in voting rights and amplifying social justice messages.

  • Helping voters get information on voting requirements and Voter IDs with a single tweet
  • How to get the latest GIFs to share with friends about early voting

Find out about Voting ID requirements

How do you quickly found out about Voting requirements where you live and share it with your friends? The USA.gov and other sites such as VoteRiders are great resources, but how can you collect and share information from different websites into a single answer? One that people can get quickly with a single tweet? Set up a Twitter bot.

Other Twitter bots could be set up to provide the same details in different languages. Provide details on new voting regulations. Polling locations and more. You can even change the information that you Twitter bot provides at any time. Learn more Twitter Bots here.

Twitter bot in action

Share as a GIF

Tweet ‘VOter’ to ‘@usagov’

Spreading your message on social media through supporters

Amplify your message on social media by having supporters retweet your messages and GIFs. How do you get the latest content for your supporters to share in a fast moving situations. Set up a Twitter bot with (say) a keyword like ‘Share This’ and when supporters tweet that to your handle, they can get a response with tweets that have the GIFs that you want them to amplify. The GIFs to be shared can be changed at any time, so the Twitter bot send out the latest GIFs. This example shows how a Twitter bot provides GIFs about early voting from Into Action Lab.

Tweet ‘Early Voting’ to @Intoactionus

Fight disinfo with the facts

Spam bots are often used to spread propaganda and drown out the voices of real people. Groups such as DemCast and IntoAction, on the other hand use real human volunteers to share authentic messages on their own social media accounts. Getting content quickly to these volunteers to share that’s relevant to their communities is important. Twitter bots meet this need with just single tweet. DemLabs is currently offering free Twitter bots to groups working on social justice, women’s rights, voting rights and climate change.

Apply for a free Twitter Bot

DemCast

DemCast is a digital movement that combats disinformation online. It asks everyday social media users to share the truth and calls-to-action in their own social media feeds. DemCast centrally curates media, information and volunteer/donation opportunities to empower our team members with information and embolden them to share it and take action. DemCast volunteers connect together on social media platforms to boost strategic messaging and fight the information war, one post at a time. DemCast values democracy, truth, justice, equity & equality for all, and stands united against racism, white supremacy & rising authoritarianism.

Join DemCast, whether you’re a novice at social media or a professional social media manager for a candidate or organization. 

TakeAway: Use Twitter bots to get the facts out and empower supporters with messages to amplify.

Deepak
DemLabs

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