Willy Shakes is Dead, Long live Willy Shakes.

May 23, 2011 — 7 Comments

Two years ago (thereabouts) I created a bot on twitter. @IAM_SHAKESPEARE has tweeted nearly 91,000 lines of the Bard’s work and is about 80% thru the 112,000 lines. (read the orignal post)

At first I thought it would just be a fun gag and no one would care. Some 16,000 followers later, and thousands of hilarious RT’s, scrolling through the mentions and RT’s every few days is a sure laugh.

It’s pure comedy to see people add their own one liners and take Willy out of context.
A few recent choice examples:

Clearly Willy’s words are universal.

So Willy will be done by the end the summer, and I asked his followers if he should start over.. Survey says yes. So look forward to Willy starting fresh with the Sonnets and Macbeth (I think was one of his first plays) this Fall.

At first it was a gag, then it got interesting as people took notice.. now I almost see it as a civic duty to add a little culture to the often times inane and shallow conversation on twitter.

Please continue to enjoy. Willy is here for the duration.

What does it take to get a verified account on twitter now-a-days? You should all harass twitter inc. and tell them to make @IAM_SHAKESPEARE a verified account. hehe. Enjoy – @strebel.


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7 responses to Willy Shakes is Dead, Long live Willy Shakes.

  1. What a genius way to infuse some more art and cool culture into the Twitterverse. The bard is probably smiling down on you from heaven for this wonderful idea. Finally, I’ll get drama tweeted on my timeline that I actually enjoy reading.

  2. What a good idea you came up with! I am eagerly waiting for the sonnets, my favourites by Willie..

  3. Please carry on! These words will never grow tiresome, and am eternally grateful that there is something on twitter worth reading over and over again!

  4. Will you begin from the beginning again when you are done? Please?!

  5. Hello! Please keep Willy Shakes twitter account going forever! I studied Shakespeare all through school, college and university – my final year of my Masters Degree was pure Shakespeare – I loved it. Willy Shakes tweets brighten my twitter feed and remind me of ‘proper’ times … keep it up ;)

  6. Hi Mr Strebel,

    I’m currently writing a research article on @IAM_SHAKESPEARE, is there any way I can contact you to learn more about this project ? (original text, how the bot is programmed etc.)

    Thx !

  7. Coming late to the party, apparently. Yes, please keep this going forever….

    Because I think the world’s future computers need to know the complete works ;)

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