Bots are wonderful. But, for a variety of reasons that should be so obvious as to not merit mentioning, if you’re trying to make money by creating a bot you’re making a huge mistake. (Because people haven’t managed to get the memo, I’ve gone over these reasons three or four times on Medium alone. But, spending a few minutes thinking about the situation should suffice.)

Of course, if somebody expects to make money off of phone apps they’re already laboring under a huge set of delusions. Rather than disabuse them of specific ones, I would recommend they instead switch to a more lucrative career in problem gambling and/or attempting to be struck by lighting for the insurance money.

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