EA Twitter Job Bots and more

by Nathan Young1 min read4th Jun 202150 comments

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A group of us are building some Twitter bots which retweet EA jobs. Let us know in the comments if you think this is a good idea and what you think the hashtags should be.

Why we think this is a good use of our time

  • The EA community seems in agreement that matching people to jobs is important
  • Twitter is a place that lots of people hang out
  • Often people tweet EA jobs which get little traction
  • It feels weird to retweet an EA job sometimes because your followers aren't EAs
  • We could make it easier for EAs to find jobs on Twitter by creating specific channels for them to find them, a twitter bot
  • People who want EA jobs follow the bots, people sharing EA jobs tweet or quote tweet them with appropriate hashtags

More detail

A group of us, Garrett, Julian, Scott and myself, are building a set of twitter bots. Anyone can join the project by joining our WhatsApp here. Each bot will retweet a certain type of job by retweeting all tweets with that hashtag. That way, if you want to hear about careers in animal advocacy, AI or global development you just follow the right bot. 

Initially, the bots will retweet their own hashtag. In time, we might make them automatically post from trusted EA jobs boards. 

Please fill in this survey

Here is a survey about what hashtags, cause areas and roles, to look at.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdiAmNJ4VEXGOp-mHvxbbq9Dj3eznIm8ICAYSHO836qcWCbYA/viewform 

Further notes

If you’d like to help, join this WhatsApp group. It’s a doocracy so there won’t be someone telling you what to do, but don't worry all skill levels are welcome. I’m no great shakes as a coder, so don’t let that stop you. 

The roadmap is here, if something confuses you, comment on it:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1u6y78iXI2htCno8kt01pmYtgmh7icFe3no6Dx3Cookk/edit#heading=h.r0ohxugqvm09 

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Have you seen 80K's Airtable of their Job Board? Maybe it's possible to integrate with that and automate their new job postings onto Twitter (or scrape directly from their website)? Though that means you'll have to wait until things are listed on their Airtable or job board before you tweet it. 

Yeah though I imagine we could find ways to avoid duplicates.

I orginally structured the comments differently but I'm told that was unhelpful, so I've made a google form instead 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdiAmNJ4VEXGOp-mHvxbbq9Dj3eznIm8ICAYSHO836qcWCbYA/viewform

Upvote this if you liked the way the original comments were structured.

Eesh.

(Thanks for downvoting something you didn't like. That's genuinely useful)

In Economics, there's an account that does this quite well, with a slightly different approach but a somewhat similar aim. It tweets economics pre-doc and RA positions. However, I think people tag the account, and then it gets re-tweeted. Here's the handle: https://twitter.com/econ_ra

Can you see any ways this is likely to go very badly? If you think this is a bad idea, why?

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What features would you like in this area?

What would you like us to add to our roadmap?

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What roles should we retweet and what should the codes be?

The bots would retweet one set of codes each.

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Operations

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Research

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Which cause areas should we use and what should the codes be? I intend to take the top 5 cause areas by upvotes. 

The intention would be to have a bot for each cause area.

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Biorisk

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AI Safety

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If there is a main hashtag, what should it be?

All bots would require this hashtag to retweet.

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The bots will retweet certain hashtags.

What should the format of the hashtags be?

This isn’t a simple question since there are lots of different ways it can be organised. I think the hashtags should be:
- short (ish)
- easy to add more categories to
- easy to remember the format

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Some people think that I should include a downvotable comment so this thread doesn’t give me lots of karma.

I don't think this. I think that it points out that for no reason, we rank comments and posts the same even though posts are far more work. That's a problem but this isn't the solution.

However, if you want to rob me of karma, go on, my suggestion would be to upvote this comment and downvote every single sub comment.

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What would you actually  use to hear about EA jobs?

If your suggestion isn't here,  please add it.

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I would follow a twitter bot which retweeted all EA job postings

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