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Using a tweet as a nine iron
June 11, 2010 1:48 PM   Subscribe

Twirdie allows you to play golf via twitter. Type a word and swing: the strength of your shot is proportional to the number of times the word has been tweeted in the last 20 seconds. A project of Twitter game outfit Local No. 12, whose SXSW presentation "Playing with 140 characters" is available here. (Via the just-concluded 2010 Games, Learning and Society conference here in Madison.)
posted by escabeche (20 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

 
Heh. Just got an eagle on the first hole with "france" followed by "uruguay". Timeliness for the win.
posted by Nothing... and like it at 1:51 PM on June 11, 2010


And an eagle on the second hole with "football" followed by "mexico" followed by "rsa"
posted by Nothing... and like it at 1:53 PM on June 11, 2010


what the hell poop bieber

5 swings, 5 misses. Obviously broken.
posted by cjorgensen at 1:58 PM on June 11, 2010


I dunno. seems busted to me - all my world cup worlds aren't doing anything. 0 yards for france?
posted by GuyZero at 1:58 PM on June 11, 2010


oh now it works.
posted by GuyZero at 1:58 PM on June 11, 2010


I scored with meta penis!
posted by cjorgensen at 2:03 PM on June 11, 2010


A good tweet spoiled.
posted by i_cola at 2:04 PM on June 11, 2010


It's broken for me too
posted by IanMorr at 2:05 PM on June 11, 2010


Always drive with "lol".
posted by Atom Eyes at 2:07 PM on June 11, 2010 [1 favorite]


um it's not working for me. "the"? really? nothing at all? isn't something supposed to happen?
posted by scrowdid at 2:12 PM on June 11, 2010


Cool idea. Seems broken.
posted by Vhanudux at 2:19 PM on June 11, 2010


It's busted, unless it's farming tweets from something other than English twitter
posted by Think_Long at 2:28 PM on June 11, 2010


I can't wait until somebody invents a horse racing game for Twitter. They could call it Twat.
posted by Afroblanco at 2:29 PM on June 11, 2010 [2 favorites]


I can see them filtering out stop words like 'the' so that's not really a great test word.

What is probably happening is that they're getting rate-limited on their API calls by twitter and don't bother to check the difference between an error and a search that return no results.
posted by xorry at 3:03 PM on June 11, 2010


"RT" seems to be overkill.
posted by brundlefly at 4:05 PM on June 11, 2010


I hit Keanu Reeves on the head.
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 4:26 PM on June 11, 2010


kind of not fun. Okay, a lot of not fun.
posted by djduckie at 4:31 PM on June 11, 2010


I thought it was fun! Although I played on Friday night and delighted in playing words like dude, drunk, cab, work, wasted, and wut.
posted by troublewithwolves at 10:08 PM on June 11, 2010


Needs to be re-scaled. The obvious hot topics I tried ("usa", "england", "iphone") made the ball go all the way off the screen to the right. More frustrating than fun at this point.
posted by spitefulcrow at 10:12 AM on June 12, 2010


I think the point is to try to choose words that are hot but not THAT hot. Therein lies the skill.
posted by escabeche at 5:30 PM on June 12, 2010


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