Stop What You're Doing And Try This Site That Comes Up With A Facebook Status Update For You

What-would-I-say is a new website that generates Facebook statuses that sound like you. And as these things go, it’s not too bad.

For example, it thinks I might say this on Facebook:

Which is pretty accurate!

Here’s how they say it works:

Technically speaking, it trains a Markov Bot based on mixture model of bigram and unigram probabilities derived from your past post history.

I think that means the bot strings together words (unigrams) and pairs of words (bigrams) that pop up a lot in your Facebook posts.

It’s pretty clever, but it’s not perfect.

For example, this proposed status update contains a bunch of terms I might use, but overall it’s gibberish:

While this one is coherent but gets my political views wrong:

Sometimes the bot makes make me sound like a pedantic douchebag:

And sometimes it takes an uncomfortable journey into my subconscious sexual desires:

And sometimes it thinks I’m Slate’s Matt Yglesias:

But when the bot has its moments, it’s more insightful than I am.

Indeed, Markov Bot. Indeed.

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