Text Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy

I am Groot. Please leave your message after the tone.

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Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy was a big hit this summer, and a large part of that success was down to Vin Diesel’s sweet motion-capture performance as lumbering humanoid tree Groot.

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At his most verbose, Groot could only spit out the phrase “I am Groot”, so he might not be your ideal conversation partner – but tech developer Ricky Robinett decided to give people the opportunity to chat to Groot anyway by building a “chatbot” that responds to texts in his inimitable style.

You might think that getting endless replies of “I am Groot” to every text would get old pretty quickly, but so far Groot has responded to over 100,000 messages – clearly there’s a lot of love for a dancing tree-beast out there. The number to text is 866-740-4531, but you may struggle to access it from the UK for now.

Still, there may be a solution – if they add the service to internet browsers, maybe we could instant message the lumbering tree instead.

In other words, we could IM Groot.

(Thank you, thank you).

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