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The MAKEbot has arrived! This is “beta”, so we’ll see how it goes. The MAKEbot is a AIM/iChat buddy you add to your list. When you type latest, he will give you the latest headlines from Makezine.com. You can type subscribe 1 and he’ll deliver the latest news each hour, lastly – if you type keywords like psp, welding, ipod or whatever he’ll search the Makezine.com site and pages from MAKE and give you a link from our search engine to help you find what you’re looking for…You can also type help to get a list of commands. Here are some screenshots and a little more information…Here’s a screenshot of the MAKEbot in action.

Makebot

When you search for a keyword, he’ll return a link to click, here’s iPod.

Ipod

A couple weeks ago AOL added bots to everyone’s buddy list without permission, I didn’t really care, but a lot of people did and immediately removed them for good reason. That said, if folks offer up bots -you- choose to add yourseld, Instant messaging is a wonderful to browse sites, search and have conversations with a brand you like or care about (like MAKE!). I’ve been using the MAKEbot for a few days on my phones and various devices, and of course the desktop, it’s a lot fun – and quicker/more useful than opening up a browser for quick things.

When you use MAKEbot type comment and write any suggestions you might have and/or what you think. We’re not sure what we’re going to do with the bot, but for now, it’s beta, and fun to tinker with.

The MAKEbot was made with Perl by MAKE pal – Sergio Zlobin / theartofennui AT sbcglobal D0T net.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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  1. georgebunyan says:

    Thats great!

    If only I used AIM. Any chance for us Jabber/Google Talk users?

  2. cindywong says:

    Cool! Any chance of open-sourcing the bot?

  3. autumnsweater says:

    Kind of unrelated question, but…does anybody know what application that’s a screenshot from?

  4. philliptorrone says:

    it’s adium on a mac.

  5. autumnsweater says:

    Nevermind, found it.

  6. cowbell says:

    Foolish question: How do you sign up?

  7. cowbell says:

    I mean, how do non-AIM/iChat folks sign up?
    I am using Adium on a Mac.

  8. philliptorrone says:

    cowbell, i use adium too – go to contact > add contact and select AIM and type MAKEbot.

    cheers,
    pt

  9. ekai says:

    very cool. anyone know if there are similar bots for google or wikipedia? even better, one bot to rule them all!

  10. moehlert says:

    I think it would be great if you could give you some additional information on how the bot was made. Love you guys and all but for MAKE, this explanation – “The MAKEbot was made with Perl” feels a bit brief.. :-)

    Thanks.

    Mark

  11. Dossy says:

    One of my bots, the “AIM IRC Bridge” screen name on AIM, has known how to parse “google for ” for a long time now.

    That bot’s primary purpose is to link an AIM chat room “AOLserver” with the freenode.net IRC channel #aolserver.

    My bots are made with Tcl. :-)

  12. swdev@flightview.com says:

    Funny things happen when an away message is left up by the user…

  13. jm3@jm3.net says:

    In the true spirit of making, is the source to the MAKE bot available? I’m curious to check it out. :-)

  14. yummyx687985 says:

    heyy everybody i cont even know what this site is haaaa

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