Wishful Coding

Didn't you ever wish your
computer understood you?

The age of APIs ... and virtual ghost towns?

Nowadays almost any self-respecting site seems to have an API. What can you do with all this data?

  • Clients
  • Analytics
  • Aggregation
  • And... a clone?  Sure!

I was thinking it'd be fun to do a Reddit clone, and experiment with different voting systems. Point is, there are quite a few of them, so how am I going to get users? Answer: I don't need users!

I took this and this, and in a few hours(mostly spent updating the work of Lau), I had an autonomous Reddit clone running of the Twitter API, and I believe it to be possible to create a complete social network that runs without any user input.

The age of APIs ... and virtual ghost towns?