Too much of one thing isn't good for you, the saying goes. But whoever first uttered that sentiment wasn't talking about Twitter.
Jokes from your favorite 140-character comedians, tweets from your high school friends and breaking news all have their place on the timeline — but sometimes you need to shake up your routine. Enter Every Color Bot, what might be the most soothing Twitter bot out there, and a necessary escape from a sea of hashtags, memes, and challenges.
It is exactly what it seems: an account that tweets every conceivable color. Every Color is a bot (a program built to automatically post on Twitter) created by Colin, a game and software developer in Seattle, Washington.
"I started it back in 2013 on my birthday, which was also my first day off after I quit a job that'd really worn me down and kinda left me questioning whether I was still capable of writing code," Colin told me.
"I brought my laptop over to a coffee shop a couple blocks from my house and decided that I wouldn't leave until I finished it," he said.
Colin realized that that while there were bots like Every Word (which tweeted a word for seven years), he hadn't seen any that posted images. So he built his first bot on the social media platform, Every Color, which puts out a different color every hour along with that color's hex code, or the numbers computers use to represent colors.
"Every time it goes to tweet a new color, it reads the last tweet it made, then uses the hex code in that tweet to pick up where it left off before moving on to tweet the next color," Colin explained. His favorites are the desaturated blues and greens.
Over three years since its first tweet, the bot has published more than 30,000 images to its 111,000 followers, and while we're used to good things coming to an end in life, thankfully it'll be awhile before Every Color disappears. "If everything it runs on still exists in the year 3928, it'll start again at the beginning," Colin said.
Never thought I'd say it, but here's to Twitter lasting through the year 3928. 🙏🏾