But maybe that curveball wasn’t particularly surprising coming from Parrish, who, like many artists, is something of a provocateur. @Everyword has, for instance, previously taken a lot of Twitter flack for tweeting words that aren’t — which Parrish batted aside as implicit satire, a commentary on the language’s lack of authoritative canon.
So it’s fitting that the account ended with the arch, somewhat condescending explanation from Parrish that he was trying to teach a lesson about “the arbitrariness of alphabetization” — though it seems far more likely that the whole thing was some kind of a seven-year joke on his fans. For what it’s worth, the last alphabetic word the account tweeted (i.e., the word that should’ve been @everyword’s last, if the universe made sense) was zymurgy, the science and study of fermentation.
In either case, some great/weird stuff has come out of @everyword’s end — into the vacuum left by Twitter’s most popular art bot, tribute bots such as @everywordNYT (which tweets headlines from the New York Times, minus any words not on @everyword’s list) and @blank_was_blank (which tweets nonsense ad-libs filled with @everywords) have followed.
His precedent was implied, like an unhustling shelf— Her ___ was ___ (@blank_was_blank) June 9, 2014
Parrish wrote on his blog that after a brief break and some behind-the-scenes tune-ups, @everyword will begin tweeting through its list again. In the meantime, Twitter has no shortage of other entertaining, if less instructive, bots. My current favorite is @streetsnsheets, which changes its source data set periodically. It’s currently on TV shows.
Scandal Season 4 in the streets, Dexter Season 8 in the sheets— In The Streets (@streetsnsheets) June 9, 2014
And if you’re intrigued, there’s much more on art bots and creative computing in our @everyword pre-mortem.