Drunk Shopping is not a person, it’s just a phone number—but it's your best, tipsy friend when you want some companionship during your online shopping sessions. It was created by the three-person team of Chris Baker, Mike Lacher, and Tiger Wang, and it makes them absolutely no money.
You simply send a text to a phone number, initiating the conversation with “heyyyyyy,” and it replies with a ridiculous message and a link to a weird item on Amazon. Baker wrote the copy, Lacher programmed the service, and Wang handled the design.
The account’s creator, 32-year-old Joe Toscano, describes the bot’s output as “linguistic salad creation.”Toscano has tweaked tofu’s algorithm over time.
He says the original formula was written in Objective-C against the Apple Core Data framework, but there were scaling issues with that codebase once @tofu_product became so popular.
we are, the more we are all just pixels on a screen.
It’s probably a fair amount."So why, in a Web full of ways to connect with real people, do we love the bot (even one that sounds like an insane guy)?
“There’s research showing that people who stay off of social media are more prone to isolation because they’re missing out on the place where the action is.”At any moment in time, that action could stall out.
Your friends might all be busy, unable to provide that quick rush of dopamine you get from a Like, a fav, or comment.
He rewrote the code about a year ago, and now it’s based on Go with a Redis database backend.“When someone talks directly to him, a choice is made,” Toscano explains.
“If tofu doesn't know the person, he reads a little bit of their tweet backlog in order to get some material to work with.