Over the course of the year I have been researching issues of public and private space surrounding mobile devices. My interest in this topic originated with the idea that text messages could be used as ready made content and used as something other than a record of communication.
Earlier in the year, I had posted my incoming text messages to Twitter and Facebook as a way to breach social expectations of privacy and communication. TextLeaks is an extension of that idea. The bot posts text messages that I have received as well as sent to its Twitter feed. The social breach I had originally carried out was happening in real time. However TextLeaks takes messages from my past archive of conversations. Each post only contains the message with no indicator of whether I sent or received that particular SMS.
I enjoy keeping the sender/receiver anonymous because I feel it adds not only a poetic nature to the feed, but a sense of confusion and mystery about who is speaking that works nicely with the user being a voyeur.
To build on this piece, I would like to tailor the messages/tweets to be focused around a specific topic. For example, only having messages that are about relationship problems. I think this could flow nicely as on ongoing poem or story in the twitter feed, and the content could be continuously added to (since we are continuously using our phones). I also am curious about incorporating the use of hash tags to help gain followers and react to twitter topics.
I am inspired by the work of Kyle McDonald, especially his piece KeyTweeter. In his video explaining the ideas behind KeyTweeter McDonald states that communication is owned by all parties involved in its creation. I am very interested in ways that text language can be used to create a body of work I hope I can continue using this bot as a way to further this idea.