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WVU faculty teams with local high school student to create Twitter bot for Statler College

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WVU assistant professor Saiph Savage and UHS student Caroline Anderson 

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A trio made up of WVU Statler College faculties and staff members and a high school student have developed @WVUStatlerBot, a twitter account that can post, like, retweet, follow and directly message other accounts automatically. Saiph Savage, Mary Dillon and University High School student Caroline Anderson are merging technology, social media and marketing with this autonomous bot.

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It was important for us that the bot be engaging enough for people to want to use. That was where Caroline’s role came in. She understands better than others the needs of people her age and was empowered to create technology that people would actually use.”--Saiph Savage, assistant professor of Computer Science

“I was attending a conference last spring where the keynote speaker discussed the idea of working with young entrepreneurs on employing new technologies in an organization’s marketing efforts. The more he talked, the more I thought about how Saiph and her work with bots might be able to help us in our social media efforts with prospective students.”—Mary Dillon, Statler College’s Marketing and Communications Director

“I want to create technology that in some way can empower other teens and workers. I found a great outlet in Dr. Savage’s lab to use my skills to create tools that were useful for rural communities, specifically West Virginia.” --Caroline Anderson, University High School student


Link to original story: University High student creates Twitter bot for WVU’s Statler College

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@WVUStatlerBot on Twitter

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Target Audiences

Prospective and current WVU students

Students and faculty interested in computer science and technology

People interested in social media marketing


CONTACT: Mary C. Dillon, Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources

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