“What Woud I Say” Makes You Sound Incoherent, Awesome On Facebook
“What Would I Say” is the bot sweeping Facebook and Twitter with its absurd, user-based phrases. The program uses the user’s Facebook profile to automatically generate status updates that, according to the WWIS website, “sound like you!” Most users are finding that this just isn’t true, and that the statuses instead sound like themselves after some heavy drinking or a severe head injury. But the random expressions are fun in their own right, and yes, even surprisingly accurate at times.
WWIS was developed over a single weekend at the Princeton Hackathon by a team of grad students. Technically, the program “trains a Markov Bot based on mixture model of bigram and unigram probabilities derived from your past post history.” The team assures users that the whole process takes place on the user end, so no personal data is ever transferred to their end- and of course, users have to log in to Facebook through the app for it to work in the first place.
WWIS is completely free, though the site does suggest donating to the typhoon relief effort in the Philippines. (Also, it seems like they’ve started placing ads on the homepage.)
I tried it out, and found that most of the generated posts were grammatically incomplete and nonsensical (not “some” as the site suggests). If this were an actual program to simulate human speech, that might be a problem; as a party game, it’s just fine.
Here are some of my favorite results:
- Ryan Lochte, truly the Stanislavski of Cybertron for Xbox and PS3.
- Although, on the way home, we passed a FiveStar Toilet, and I were at a comedy show called Roger And the latke
- The lamestream media continues to criminally ignore the only worthwhile candidate in Beijing…
- Last night I woke up under the title My Own Bloomberg.
- It does take place in Minnesota, but it
- It does take place in prepositions.
- Canadians IN the search for the birthday wishes!
- Happy Birthday, America, and a German African walk into a Kosher restaurant in a closetsized basement room.
- The only place left to sit was smoking. Cue Brokeback Mountain theme music.
In the early 20th century, the artist Tristan Tzara wrote about randomly assembling poems from words clipped from a newspaper article, saying the resulting poem “will resemble you.” Is WWIS the Tzara of the social media generation?