Discord is testing its own integration of YouTube videos
YouTube has been taking down some of the big music 'bots' that stream music from its service into social app Discord. Groovy and Rythm shut down in August and September.
September 23, 2021
YouTube shuts down another Discord music bot, Rythm
YouTube really doesn't approve of bots that let people pull music from its platform into social platform Discord, having recently shut down Groovy.
September 13, 2021
FTC fines three ticket brokers in first BOTS Act litigation
It still feels a little strange to be writing about ticket touting (scalping) controversies, given that the bottom has dropped out of the secondary ticketing market just as it has the live industry more generally. The concerns...
January 25, 2021
European Parliament backs continent-wide ticket-bot ban
Sorry, make that *three* pieces of new legislation in Europe that have implications for the music industry. Alongside the new copyright directive and new platform-to-business regulations, there’s also a crackdown afoot...
April 18, 2019
Would you trust a bot to handle your Twitter feed?
We’ve written a fair bit about the use of bots to automatically respond to fans on Facebook Messenger. But what about turning your tweets and (if you’re a company) LinkedIn posts over to a bot? That’s the gist of Swiss...
February 19, 2019
Sendmate boss defends messaging bots after marketer criticism
It seems like the end of 2018 is the time for the ‘trough of disillusion’ around messaging bots, with recent criticism of their effectiveness by marketing pros Jon Loomer (here) and Darren Hemmings (here). Now Andreas...
November 16, 2018
Stashimi now has more than 100 artists using its messaging bots
Startup Stashimi is one of the companies launching messaging bots for musicians and brands, and it seems to have some traction. The company now has more than 100 artists using its bots, including Migos, Marshmello, Kelly...
November 12, 2018
Don’t shoot the Messenger: imminent changes to Facebook Messenger and what they mean for bots
An email from The Bot Platform alerted us to some changes Facebook is making to Messenger ¬with the arrival of Messenger v2.3.
October 12, 2018
Sandbox 168: Archive Mind Catalogue Marketing In The Social Media Age
Lead: As we approach “peak Q4”, it is a time of year when catalogues get a major push as part of the Christmas gifting market. But catalogues, like dogs, are not just for Christmas. How are catalogues maintained and how...
November 16, 2016
Twitch cracks down on view-bots and follow-bots
It is a fact universally acknowledged, that a single social platform in possession of a good amount of users, must be in want of a barrage of bots inflating people’s metrics.
June 21, 2016
Aussie hacker soars up charts with the help of bots
On the one hand, this is Bad and Dreadfully Wrong behaviour from Australian hacker Peter Filimore.
November 6, 2013