This article was published on April 11, 2016

This Twitter bot made me the perfect Spotify playlist – and it’ll do the same for you


This Twitter bot made me the perfect Spotify playlist – and it’ll do the same for you
Kirsty Styles
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Kirsty Styles is a journalist who lives in Hackney. She was previously editor at Tech City News and is now a reporter at The Next Web. She l Kirsty Styles is a journalist who lives in Hackney. She was previously editor at Tech City News and is now a reporter at The Next Web. She loves tech for good, cleantech, edtech, assistive tech, politech (?), diversity in tech.

Bots are the tech story of the moment – and while some are designed to be helpful, and others have been just plain awful, Lazyset is simply perfect.

The Twitter-based bot will send you a curated Spotify playlist based around the music style of any artist you Tweet over to it.

I asked it for a playlist of bands like Belle and Sebastian and what it came back with is just awesome.

Lazyset Spotify playlist
Credit: Spotify

The maker, Grant MacLennan, who says he “play[s] the keyboards in a band called The Internet,” told TNW that Lazyset is a:

relatively simple mashup of the Twitter streaming API and the newly-released Spotify Discovery API. It works by picking up mentions of @lazyset on twitter then finding the artist on Spotify, running it through the Discovery API, creating a playlist, then sending it back to the requester through Twitter.

The Discovery API is likely to feature way more heavily in future hacked projects as techies work out exactly how to make use of it. Looking at the playlist above, it certainly has the potential to open up, or help you rediscover, a whole world of artists.

MacLennan is the creative director at Scottish innovation agency NEU Studio. He says he’ll be porting Lazyset straight over to Facebook as soon as its chat bot API goes live.

Given what Lazyset is able to do after just a weekend’s work, it looks like we could soon be able to add ‘DJ’ to that increasingly tall scrapheap of jobs. And who needs a new love interest now that an awesome mixtape is just a Tweet away?

Go get your own right now.

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