v21 is creating Cheap Bots, Done Quick!
80

patrons

$212
per month
hi, i'm George (also known as v21)

i am the creator and maintainer of  Cheap Bots, Done Quick!, a free and accessible way to make Twitterbots without any technical expertise. it's been running since May 2015, and there are now over 5000 active twitter accounts running on there! wow!

i created CBDQ because i thought that twitterbots were a fascinating creative form, and that it was a shame it was one restricted to people who could write code, set up server hosting, and wrangle twitter API keys. i still love the feeling of making a little entity that can exist independently of you, tweeting things that you designed - but can also surprise you. i'm really glad that CBDQ has let me share that feeling with so many others.

i also make my own bots - most notably  @softlandscapes and @manygradients, but also @unicode_garden and @cant_miss_it (all of these run on CBDQ).


(^^ this is an image from softlandscapes)

and finally i'm a videogame designer and curator. i've worked on  a whole range of weird projects, from dodging cubes to punching custard. that's not why i'm on Patreon, though.

why am i on Patreon?

CBDQ has gotten pretty popular, and i've recently expanded the server it's running on, which costs a bit more. so i thought i'd turn to Patreon to cover my server costs.

if i cover those costs: thank you. but what else? i would like to carve out more time to work on the site, expanding it and adding more features (while still keeping the focus on being approachable, of course). more money would allow me to set aside some of my freelance work and work on CBDQ instead.

and maybe i'll make some more bots! there's some ideas i was playing with before...

what do you get?

this is a tricky one. normally, it's a good idea to offer some exclusive rewards for supporters. but the whole point of CBDQ is to make creative technology more accessible to people - so any cool extra features just for backers feels against the spirit of that. maybe i'll think of something that makes sense in the future, but for now what i'm offering is the satisfaction of supporting a thing you want to exist.

and, of course, time spent making those extra things exclusively for backers is time away from working on CBDQ. here are some things i have on my todo list:
- reliability work, better testing and general infrastructure work  - this is boring, but helps keep it up and makes adding more features more manageable
- updating tutorial docs and examples, to make it even clearer to use
- a forum for sharing bots people have made and for people to support each other
- better error reporting, to make it clearer when things have went wrong (while editing, and while it's tweeting)
- support for attaching images and videos directly
- improving the tweet reply feature (for instance, it'd be cool if you could pull out keywords from the tweets you're replying to)
- integration with Glitch and other services?
- and maybe larger, more open ended expansions - please get in touch if you have thoughts on this!

oh, also!

i would be remiss if I did not link  Kate Compton's Patreon. she is the creator of Tracery, a tool for writing generative grammars that sits at the heart of CBDQ, and without which CBDQ would almost certainly not exist.
Tiers
Supporter
$1 or more per month 47 patrons
the site is called "Cheap Bots, Done Quick!", but actually it's free. you don't need to give me any money to use it. but if you want to, then i'm very grateful.
Twitterbot hosting
$5 or more per month 28 patrons
this is how much per month it costs to rent the cheapest server at DigitalOcean, which is a reasonable proxy for the cost of hosting your own bot instead of using CBDQ (which, again, is actually free)
Twitterbot support
$15 or more per month 1 patron
if you are having problems with your bot, or want some advice on how to do a thing, maybe this is the tier for you?  on the other hand, i'll likely try to help even if you're not a Patreon supporter. so maybe you want to pledge at this level on behalf of other people who want help with their Twitterbots.
Goals
$212 of $350 per month
this is the the point where i can start taking time away from other paying projects to work on CBDQ a little bit each month
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hi, i'm George (also known as v21)

i am the creator and maintainer of  Cheap Bots, Done Quick!, a free and accessible way to make Twitterbots without any technical expertise. it's been running since May 2015, and there are now over 5000 active twitter accounts running on there! wow!

i created CBDQ because i thought that twitterbots were a fascinating creative form, and that it was a shame it was one restricted to people who could write code, set up server hosting, and wrangle twitter API keys. i still love the feeling of making a little entity that can exist independently of you, tweeting things that you designed - but can also surprise you. i'm really glad that CBDQ has let me share that feeling with so many others.

i also make my own bots - most notably  @softlandscapes and @manygradients, but also @unicode_garden and @cant_miss_it (all of these run on CBDQ).


(^^ this is an image from softlandscapes)

and finally i'm a videogame designer and curator. i've worked on  a whole range of weird projects, from dodging cubes to punching custard. that's not why i'm on Patreon, though.

why am i on Patreon?

CBDQ has gotten pretty popular, and i've recently expanded the server it's running on, which costs a bit more. so i thought i'd turn to Patreon to cover my server costs.

if i cover those costs: thank you. but what else? i would like to carve out more time to work on the site, expanding it and adding more features (while still keeping the focus on being approachable, of course). more money would allow me to set aside some of my freelance work and work on CBDQ instead.

and maybe i'll make some more bots! there's some ideas i was playing with before...

what do you get?

this is a tricky one. normally, it's a good idea to offer some exclusive rewards for supporters. but the whole point of CBDQ is to make creative technology more accessible to people - so any cool extra features just for backers feels against the spirit of that. maybe i'll think of something that makes sense in the future, but for now what i'm offering is the satisfaction of supporting a thing you want to exist.

and, of course, time spent making those extra things exclusively for backers is time away from working on CBDQ. here are some things i have on my todo list:
- reliability work, better testing and general infrastructure work  - this is boring, but helps keep it up and makes adding more features more manageable
- updating tutorial docs and examples, to make it even clearer to use
- a forum for sharing bots people have made and for people to support each other
- better error reporting, to make it clearer when things have went wrong (while editing, and while it's tweeting)
- support for attaching images and videos directly
- improving the tweet reply feature (for instance, it'd be cool if you could pull out keywords from the tweets you're replying to)
- integration with Glitch and other services?
- and maybe larger, more open ended expansions - please get in touch if you have thoughts on this!

oh, also!

i would be remiss if I did not link  Kate Compton's Patreon. she is the creator of Tracery, a tool for writing generative grammars that sits at the heart of CBDQ, and without which CBDQ would almost certainly not exist.

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Tiers
Supporter
$1 or more per month 47 patrons
the site is called "Cheap Bots, Done Quick!", but actually it's free. you don't need to give me any money to use it. but if you want to, then i'm very grateful.
Twitterbot hosting
$5 or more per month 28 patrons
this is how much per month it costs to rent the cheapest server at DigitalOcean, which is a reasonable proxy for the cost of hosting your own bot instead of using CBDQ (which, again, is actually free)
Twitterbot support
$15 or more per month 1 patron
if you are having problems with your bot, or want some advice on how to do a thing, maybe this is the tier for you?  on the other hand, i'll likely try to help even if you're not a Patreon supporter. so maybe you want to pledge at this level on behalf of other people who want help with their Twitterbots.