Technology News: A Twitter spambot amazed the world yesterday when it became sentient and then immediately hanged itself.
@Kandiceyiwaughâs chirpy automated spam tweets had delighted Twitter users with a seemingly boundless enthusiasm for the endless torrent of imaginary activities that he or she never actually participated in.
âThe spambot had a rare gift,â explained cyber-psychologist Dr Ian Jenstein. âIt understood that happiness is about enjoying the simple things. For @Kandiceyiwaugh, everything was âout of this world,â âamazing,â âspectacularâ or âinsanely nice.â But it proved to be a fragile happiness and the trauma of suddenly realising it didn’t exist tipped it over the edge. And the made-up drinking problem only made matters worse.â
One of the dead spambotâs 120,253 grieving followers tweeted an epitaph, [email protected] cheerful fervour for pretending to live was infectious. The world would be a much better place if everyone on Twitter pretended to.. (cont.) â¦live with the same joie de vivre.â
People around the globe mourned the death by retweeting the spambotâs last upbeat 31 character message until it trended in 22 countries: âhanging myself today is amazing,â followed by a link to a porn site.
For more of the spambot’s tragic tweets: twitter.com/#!/kandiceyiwaugh