The Bitcoin Education Bot watches the Twitter stream for questions about Bitcoin and will attempt to give a clear answer. Tweeters don’t need to ask the bot directly. The bot is watching the stream and will reply to tweets automatically.
Frequently, the question “What is bitcoin?” pops up in the stream from the general public.
The bot attempts to answer tweets intelligently and succinctly. It’s difficult to summarized the true nature of Bitcoin in just 140 characters.
For example, variations of the question “what is bitcoin” will result in a one of the following answers:
"Bitcoin is a payment network that enables transfer of money over the internet. The currency used on the network are bitcoins."Share This Quote:
"Think about Bitcoin as being a technology and a form of money. It is a currency and payment network."Share This Quote:
"The underlying technology behind Bitcoin solves a long standing problem in computer science. Distributed consensus."Share This Quote:
"Bitcoin is a currency that is created electronically and exchanged between users without passing by a financial intermediary."Share This Quote:
"Bitcoin is a digital currency, able to transmit value globally, instantly, securely, and is far more valuable than email."Share This Quote:
"Bitcoin is an invention that allows distributed consensus over a shared asset ledger without counter-party risk."Share This Quote:
Other questions will be answered too, such as “is bitcoin legal” with the bot answering:
"Bitcoin is increasingly being looked upon by lawmakers positively. There have been no sweeping bans in any country."Share This Quote:
Dozens of questions and corresponding multiple/varying answers have been included and more will be added as the Bitcoin Education Bot evolves.
Tweeting News and Quotes
Follow @BitcoinEdu for popular bitcoin-related tweets and news.
You can find the Bitcoin Education Bot at @BitcoinEdu
UPDATE: The Bitcoin Education Bot Got Schooled By Twitter
Just 12 hours after launching, Twitter suspended @BitcoinEdu for breaching the terms of service.
Since being featured on the front page of the Bitcoin sub-Reddit, hundreds of tweets mentioning the reddit post title that included the question “what is bitcoin” were replied to promptly by the bot.
All that activity was from an account that was no more than 12 hours old, so I don’t blame twitter for their response. It would appear very spammy. However …
Why The Bitcoin Education Bot Is Not Spam
Twitter is a public forum, so when someone (even a stranger) asks a specific question, they deserve a direct answer. When I’m on Twitter, I would be inclined to reply to those people manually, but I believe the bot can do a better, more thorough job 24/7.
So, if a user on a public forum asks a question, a response is not unsolicited. It IS solicited. The user wants an answer.
Suspension Has Been Appealed
I have appealed the account’s suspension to Twitter.
Here is my letter.
Suspension Has Been LIFTED
I’m impressed with Twitter’s developer support. They have no issue with the bot and have removed the suspension on 3rd Feb 2014.
Username has been changed to @BitcoinEdu and is now back online and answering questions.