EA Twitter Job Bots and more

post by Nathan Young (nathan) · 2021-06-04T09:55:12.594Z · EA · GW · 50 comments


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A group of us are building some Twitter bots which retweet EA jobs. Let us know in the comments if you think this is a good idea and what you think the hashtags should be.

Why we think this is a good use of our time

More detail

A group of us, Garrett, Julian, Scott and myself, are building a set of twitter bots. Anyone can join the project by joining our WhatsApp here. Each bot will retweet a certain type of job by retweeting all tweets with that hashtag. That way, if you want to hear about careers in animal advocacy, AI or global development you just follow the right bot. 

Initially, the bots will retweet their own hashtag. In time, we might make them automatically post from trusted EA jobs boards. 

Please fill in this survey

Here is a survey about what hashtags, cause areas and roles, to look at.


Further notes

If you’d like to help, join this WhatsApp group. It’s a doocracy so there won’t be someone telling you what to do, but don't worry all skill levels are welcome. I’m no great shakes as a coder, so don’t let that stop you. 

The roadmap is here, if something confuses you, comment on it:



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comment by BrianTan · 2021-06-04T11:17:35.502Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Have you seen 80K's Airtable of their Job Board? Maybe it's possible to integrate with that and automate their new job postings onto Twitter (or scrape directly from their website)? Though that means you'll have to wait until things are listed on their Airtable or job board before you tweet it. 

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comment by Nathan Young (nathan) · 2021-06-04T12:12:24.785Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Yeah though I imagine we could find ways to avoid duplicates.

comment by Nathan Young (nathan) · 2021-06-04T13:21:50.670Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

I orginally structured the comments differently but I'm told that was unhelpful, so I've made a google form instead 


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comment by Nathan Young (nathan) · 2021-06-04T13:22:26.854Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Upvote this if you liked the way the original comments were structured.

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comment by Nathan Young (nathan) · 2021-06-05T10:31:24.985Z · EA(p) · GW(p)


(Thanks for downvoting something you didn't like. That's genuinely useful)

comment by So-Low Growth · 2021-06-04T10:14:44.226Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

In Economics, there's an account that does this quite well, with a slightly different approach but a somewhat similar aim. It tweets economics pre-doc and RA positions. However, I think people tag the account, and then it gets re-tweeted. Here's the handle: https://twitter.com/econ_ra

comment by Nathan Young (nathan) · 2021-06-04T10:51:18.269Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Can you see any ways this is likely to go very badly? If you think this is a bad idea, why?

comment by Nathan Young (nathan) · 2021-06-04T10:44:02.159Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

What features would you like in this area?

What would you like us to add to our roadmap?

comment by Nathan Young (nathan) · 2021-06-04T10:35:32.331Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

What roles should we retweet and what should the codes be?

The bots would retweet one set of codes each.

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comment by Nathan Young (nathan) · 2021-06-04T10:39:37.994Z · EA(p) · GW(p)


comment by Nathan Young (nathan) · 2021-06-04T10:35:56.305Z · EA(p) · GW(p)


comment by Nathan Young (nathan) · 2021-06-04T10:26:50.382Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Which cause areas should we use and what should the codes be? I intend to take the top 5 cause areas by upvotes. 

The intention would be to have a bot for each cause area.

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comment by Nathan Young (nathan) · 2021-06-04T10:27:34.460Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

AI Safety

comment by Nathan Young (nathan) · 2021-06-04T10:15:57.133Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

If there is a main hashtag, what should it be?

All bots would require this hashtag to retweet.

comment by Nathan Young (nathan) · 2021-06-04T10:04:11.361Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

The bots will retweet certain hashtags.

What should the format of the hashtags be?

This isn’t a simple question since there are lots of different ways it can be organised. I think the hashtags should be:
- short (ish)
- easy to add more categories to
- easy to remember the format

comment by Nathan Young (nathan) · 2021-06-04T10:54:36.295Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Some people think that I should include a downvotable comment so this thread doesn’t give me lots of karma.

I don't think this. I think that it points out that for no reason, we rank comments and posts the same even though posts are far more work. That's a problem but this isn't the solution.

However, if you want to rob me of karma, go on, my suggestion would be to upvote this comment and downvote every single sub comment.

comment by Nathan Young (nathan) · 2021-06-04T09:58:31.123Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

What would you actually  use to hear about EA jobs?

If your suggestion isn't here,  please add it.

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comment by Nathan Young (nathan) · 2021-06-04T09:58:46.181Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

I would follow a twitter bot which retweeted all EA job postings

comment by Nathan Young (nathan) · 2021-06-04T10:53:34.118Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

I don’t like how you have structured the comments here. It makes it hard for me to see what’s going on.

As a quick note, if you think this, you should upvote it, not downvote it, so more people see and agree with it.