We're taking this week's blog spot to highlight a nifty little tool for Islandora that anyone can adopt: YUDLbot. Short for York University Digital Library bot, the YUDLbot was written by Nick Ruest to take objects from York's Islandora repository and tweet them hourly, using the object description as the body of the tweet and linking back to the object in the repo. Randomly trolling through such an extensive repository turns up some pretty fun things, such as:
Image of a cat with a cast on its leg, laying in a basket. https://t.co/duQT9jBvGW— YUDLbot (@YUDLbot) January 18, 2016
Or my personal favourite:
Blurry image of closeup of surface. https://t.co/i8suwEdS93— YUDLbot (@YUDLbot) January 14, 2016
The parameters the bot uses to select objects can also be tweaked further, spawning new bots like YUDLcat and YUDLdog. The code behind all of this is available on GitHub, along with some quick instruction on how to customize it for your own repo. The University of Toronto Scarborough has their own YUDLbot-based Twitterbot and there is an unofficial bot tweeting from the collection of the Toronto Public Library. Why not take the code for a spin and start tweeting your repo?