Automated Twitter bots are "an open-access laboratory for creative programming," writes Rob Dubbin, creator of the @RealHumanPraise Twitter bot for Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report." It's unclear, though, whether Twitter will remain tolerant of bots and other quirky experiments now that they have gone public. "As a service, Twitter's greatest strength is that its users have total control. ... As a business, Twitter's greatest opportunity is in violating that control with advertisements," Dubbin writes.

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