hacking APIs

our assignment for social hacking is to “creatively misuse an existing API in order to reveal something about the service.”

among other readings, we were assigned a great article by taina bucher about the politics of APIs. it felt a lot like tarleton gillespie’s article on the politics of algorithms (which i outline here).

i’m thinking about the workshop i gave last week on mapping and data. i’m wondering what it would look like if 596 acres and amirentstabilized.com (from now on, AIRS) had a baby. that is, if AIRS had the organizing functionality that the 596 acres map has. that’s a big project. but a piece of it that could work for this api assignment is a twitter bot that does something based on nyc open data on housing stuff.

so far, i’ve reserved this twitter account:

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watching shiffman’s tutorials on twitter bots and node.js, i used node.js and a node package called twit to start making a bot for this account.Screen Shot 2016-02-11 at 10.14.23 AM

now i need to figure out what @nyclandlord will say and when.

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