A “bot” is one of two ways to add functionality to Google Wave. A bot is a contact you add to a wave, and it has the ability to automatically edit your wave or add to it. A bot examines the content of a wave, and updates/adds to it based on how it’s programmed.
To use a bot, add its email address to your contacts list. Create a new wave, then add the bot to it to try it out.
Polly the Pollster (firstname.lastname@example.org): Creates and distributes multiple choice poll questions.
Yelpful (email@example.com): Adds an in-wave interface to Yelp.com
RSSyBot (firstname.lastname@example.org): Adds an RSS feed to Wave.
TwitUsernames (email@example.com): Links @usernames to Twitter.com.
Blog bot (firstname.lastname@example.org): Publishes waves to blog posts.
Emoticony (email@example.com): Turns smiley faces into images.
Sweepy (firstname.lastname@example.org): Removes empty blips.
Eliza the Robot Shrink (email@example.com): Talks to you when no one else will.
Swedish Chef (firstname.lastname@example.org): Bork bork bork!
Flippy (email@example.com): Flips text upside down.
What are your favorite bots? Wave about ’em below.
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