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Weavrs in the Web

Weavrs are a species of new autonomous, emotive, social bots. They feed off of social API streams, wandering around the real world looking at things, posting recipes and dreaming. They can be used for what some might consider evil and what some might consider good. You can extend them with your own code or create a hero's journey for them to experience. If the New Aesthetic was a movie, Weavrs would be the extras.
posted by jeffkramer on May 1, 2012 - 26 comments

Oh no you did NOT post that picture to Facebook!!!

"Relationships are hard enough. But the rise of social media — where sharing private moments is encouraged, and provocative and confessional postings can help build a following — has created a new source of friction for couples: what is fair game for sharing with the world?" (NYT)
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Apr 26, 2012 - 51 comments

irkafirka illustrates tweets.

@irkafirka illustrates tweets. Illustrator Nick Hilditch (@Pockless) makes cute little cartoons out of selected twitter posts. Also available on twitter, of course.
posted by moonmilk on Apr 24, 2012 - 5 comments

Four Twenty plus Three

You ever get so high and dream there was a marijuana review site in the style of Yelp? Dream no more, because there's Leafly. Find the strain that best suits you (no surprise that they all seem to be highly rated for treating stress, but only six are good for PMS) or a nearby dispensary. Read reviews of new strains like Woody Kush, rumored to be specifically created for Woody Harrelson or the insightful reviews of Herojuana: 3RD DEGREE BLACK BELT BUD, Dankest weed I've ever smoked, and Found a little container of a gram of this great shit under the seat in my car on a shitty day. Like any Web 2.0 worth it's weight in salt kief they have an API, login via Facebook & Twitter, and an iPhone & Android App.
posted by wcfields on Apr 23, 2012 - 22 comments

Inside Africa. Internet, phones etc.

Inside Africa. What about the digital frontier? How is the broadband download performance? How many mobile phones are there in Africa? And mobile subscriptions? How is Twitter doing in South Africa? And how many internet users are there in South Africa anyway? Yes, the other stuff like GDP growth rates, nation brand values and Sino-African trade are there too. And female entrepreneurship..
posted by travelwithcats on Apr 21, 2012 - 4 comments

A shield, not a weapon

Twitter will not weaponize your work (without your permission). According to an agreement it now makes with its engineers and inventors, Twitter does not have the right to use the patents of its employees offensively without their consent, and this limitation will apply to future purchasers of the Twitter patent portfolio. The patent wars previously and previouslier on the blue.
posted by gauche on Apr 18, 2012 - 41 comments

The mood of the nation

By analysing millions of tweets, scientists from Bristol University claim to be able to predict the "mood of the nation" (the nation being the UK) - so much that they say they could have predicted last summer's riots in England. Right now, the angriest country in the UK is Wales, and the saddest is Northern Irleand. The Scots, obviously, are the most fearless. And there's not much joy in anyone's hearts. [more inside]
posted by ComfySofa on Apr 18, 2012 - 35 comments

Kindergarten Tweets

As the school day draws to a close, the children in Ms. Aaron’s class sit down to compose a message about what they have been doing all day, and send it out on Twitter. A kindergarten teacher in TriBeCa who closes each day with a tweet she composes with the class. “To me, Twitter is like the ideal thing for 5-year-olds because it is so short,” she said. “It makes them think about their day and kind of summarize what they’ve done during the day; whereas a lot of times kids will go home and Mom and Dad will say, ‘What did you do today?’ And they’re like, ‘I don’t know.’” Explaining what Twitter is was a little tricky, she said. But there was a handy analogy. Every weekend, one student takes home a stuffed animal frog and a journal. They take pictures and write about what they’re doing to share with the rest of the class. “So when I introduced Twitter, I said you guys are doing this with Froggie on the weekend, and so we’re going to let your parents know what we’re doing in class a few times a week,” she said. [Via @jasonoke]
posted by huckleberryhart on Apr 12, 2012 - 14 comments

Tiny Transactions on Computer Science

Tiny Transactions on Computer Science ...the premier venue for computer science research of 140 characters or less.
posted by Deathalicious on Apr 10, 2012 - 7 comments

STOP GOING IN THE BEDROOM

October Jones's dog sends him text messages at work.
posted by minifigs on Apr 6, 2012 - 66 comments

#Help, #sheep #missing.

Twitter is being used as a crime-fighting tool by a tech-savvy village chief in Kenya. Francis Kariuki, the administrative chief of Lanet Umoja, has used the micro-blogging site for everything from tracking down missing sheep to stopping home invasions.
posted by infini on Apr 5, 2012 - 10 comments

[LOUD MALE SCREAMING]

@Sheboyganscan attempts to transcribe everything that comes over the Sheboygan, Wisconsin police scanner. The fine folks at Something Awful have cherry picked a few gems.
posted by The Whelk on Mar 30, 2012 - 55 comments

3DEverywhere

WebGL, the 3D technology that's associated with HTML5, continues to make giant strides in diverse areas:

  • Exploration of human anatomy: Zygote Body, released yesterday, and BioDigital Human, the successors to Google Body (previously)
  • World Visualisation: WebGL Earth, Nokia's 3D Map of the entire earth (previously). WorldWeather and The WebGL Globe, a Google project that displays all kinds of data. Also: Where Does My Tweet Go?
  • Games: browser ports of Team Fortess 2, Quake 3 and Rage (a developer’s diary). SkidRacer, an entire game in WebGL. Mini Mass Effect (not yet playable, sadly).
  • Musicals: Lights.
  • Tools: 3Notes.js, a visual scene editor. Developer documentation. More resources.

  • [more inside]
    posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul on Mar 28, 2012 - 27 comments

    "Stick to the book, dude"

    In the book version of The Hunger Games, the tributes Rue and Thresh from District 11 are described as having "dark brown skin." In the film version of The Hunger Games, Rue and Thresh are played by Amandla Stenberg and Dayo Okeniyi, who are both black. However, a surprising number of fans (presumably the same ones who complained when Idris Elba played Heimdall in Thor - previously) are upset that black people were cast in these roles rather than the white people they imagined. Hunger Games Tweets provides continuing coverage of whatever the hell these people were thinking.
    posted by mightygodking on Mar 26, 2012 - 313 comments

    Okay, I have dropbox too...

    Deadmau5 makes a new artists's career on his live stream: starring deadmau5 and some dude called Chris. (SLYT; NSFW profanity)
    posted by nickrussell on Mar 24, 2012 - 15 comments

    With algorithms subtle and discrete / I seek iambic writings to retweet.

    Not satisfied with his previous attempt at generating sonnets randomly, mefi's own moonmilk has created a twitter bot that searches for lines of iambic pentameter, and a site where the results are assembled into sonnet form. [more inside]
    posted by kenko on Mar 23, 2012 - 57 comments

    "My mom was a little mad, but my dad is OK with it."

    So you're a senior and prom is approaching. The last big event of your high school career, and you don't have a date. What to do? Maybe use your Twitter account to ask Internet porn stars to go with you. Alas, it turns out your school district is the enemy of fun.
    posted by Flannery Culp on Mar 21, 2012 - 183 comments

    2012 just got R.Kelly-fied

    32 all new episodes of: Trapped. In. The. Closet. (The Alien is back and It has brought friends along.)
    posted by 0bvious on Mar 21, 2012 - 36 comments

    Like a cuckoo clock, but with Twitter... so not really like a cuckoo clock at all, actually.

    "Nearly every second, a user on Twitter tweets about what time it is." Chirpclock makes use of this as an interesting way of keeping track of the time.
    posted by quin on Mar 20, 2012 - 37 comments

    Blocked on Weibo: Censored Searches of China's Largest Microblogging Service

    The fact that Chinese internet access is censored and monitored is not new, but Sina Weibo (新浪微博, literally "Sina Microblog,"), handles the task differently. Commonly referred to by the generic name Weibo, the social service that is likened to Twitter and Facebook is more open in what you can post, but searches for certain words are blocked. Without context, a list of blocked searches is fairly abstract. Blocked on Weibo adds translations and context to the blocked words. [via mefi projects] [more inside]
    posted by filthy light thief on Mar 14, 2012 - 14 comments

    Pavlov’s tweet

    Nat Morris built a machine that gives his dog a treat and takes photos when people tweet to @FeedToby. [more inside]
    posted by quin on Mar 13, 2012 - 42 comments

    Deeper into the Twungle

    "Would you let a skull pick you up at a bus stop? Definitely not. But on Twitter you find yourself doing all sorts of things you wouldn't otherwise do. And once you've entered the Enchanted E-Forest, lured in there by cute bunnies and playful kittens, you can find yourself wandering around in it for quite some time. You might even find yourself climbing the odd tree—the very odd tree—or taking refuge in the odd hollow log—the very odd hollow log—because cute bunnies and playful kittens are not the only things alive in the mirkwoods of the Web. Or the webs of the mirkwoods. Paths can get tangled there. Plots can get thickened. Games are afoot."
    posted by vidur on Mar 12, 2012 - 57 comments

    Patrick's obsession: Rihanna...

    "Patrick wants to bang all the Kardashian sisters... Page four... And then... wait how does Channing Tatum come into play?" Since 1:00 a.m. last night @BretEastonEllis has been live-tweeting notes on a possible sequel to American Psycho, story of Patrick Bateman —serial killer and Manhattan businessman. "Up to 14 pages of notes..." [more inside]
    posted by Fizz on Mar 10, 2012 - 68 comments

    Eat the bread everyone. Namaste.

    “Aaliyah would have been on Twitter. It is fucked up that she is dead.” Poet and Twitter entity Patricia Lockwood talks with HTMLGIANT about Twitter, literature, twitterature, comedy, poetry, sexting, Aaliyah and Olive Garden. Lockwood suggests that there may be something substantial and heretofore unexamined rumbling in the bowels of certain Twitter communities and people (such as @graeyalien and MeFi's own @gregerskine.)
    posted by naju on Mar 7, 2012 - 29 comments

    #HATE

    #JonathanFranzenHates: "Twitter is unspeakably irritating. Twitter stands for everything I oppose… it’s hard to cite facts or create an argument in 140 characters… it’s like if Kafka had decided to make a video semaphoring The Metamorphosis. Or it’s like writing a novel without the letter ‘P’… It’s the ultimate irresponsible medium." [Via: Slate.com] More [Via: The Guardian]
    posted by Fizz on Mar 7, 2012 - 155 comments

    Janet Napolitano goes Blackalicious on the interwebs

    Agriculture avalanche avian bacteria border botnet carbomb China drill drug drug war earthquake execution forest fire gang gas grid hack heroin hostage interstate Islamist Jihad Juarez keylogger kidnap La Familia looting malware marijuana meth lab nationalist nuclear outbreak Pakistan pandemic pipebomb pirates power lines radicals relief resistant Ricin riot San Deigo scammers screening symptoms Tamiflu terror U.S. Consulate violence virus warning weapons grade wildfire, and Yemen. [more inside]
    posted by nickrussell on Mar 4, 2012 - 48 comments

    "My name is Robert Dow. No relation to Dow Chemical."

    Last night Chadwick Matlin, Reuters Opinion editor, live-tweeted a monthly member meeting of the Park Slope Food Coop. The topic this evening was whether to ban plastic bags. [more inside]
    posted by 2bucksplus on Feb 29, 2012 - 35 comments

    Send Me Flowers Today And I Will Cut You

    Jenny Johnson, of Twitter fame, now writes a column for Grantland.com. In it, she pontificates on weighty issues, such as gingers, Derek Jeter's dating life, and the reason why she hates Valentine's Day flower deliveries at the office.
    posted by reenum on Feb 24, 2012 - 54 comments

    They don't just know where you are, but your friends too

    Social apps 'harvest smartphone contacts'. While this may not come as a surprise to many, the fact that apps such as Twitter and Instagram will take the addresses from your contacts list and store them, sometimes unencrypted, has become enough of a story that two members of the US congress have sent a letter to Apple about its apps and how they access personal data. [more inside]
    posted by Megami on Feb 16, 2012 - 125 comments

    "In every family picture ... my mother was wearing a habit."

    A Brother And Sister Get Married (And Later, Their Son Tweets It)
    posted by tractorfeed on Feb 14, 2012 - 37 comments

    "Twitter Users Beware: Homeland Security Isn’t Laughing."

    "Planning to make a joke on Twitter about bombing something? You might want to reconsider: According to a report from Britain, two tourists were detained and denied entry into the U.S. recently after they joked about destroying America and digging up Marilyn Monroe. That the Homeland Security Dept. and other authorities—including the FBI—are monitoring such social media as Twitter and Facebook isn’t surprising. That these authorities are willing to detain people based on what is clearly a harmless joke, however, raises questions about what the impact of all that monitoring will be."* [more inside]
    posted by ericb on Jan 30, 2012 - 99 comments

    "tearfully imploring them to remain seated each time we come up for air"

    "You know how annoying it is when you're sitting on the train with a magazine and the person sitting beside you starts reading over your shoulder? Welcome to every single moment of your future. Might as well get used to it. It's an experience we'll all be sharing." --Charlie Brooker on sharing, and why the world is doomed
    posted by bardic on Jan 29, 2012 - 101 comments

    Coalition of the shilling

    Focus on the User, Google! says a coalition of engineers from Facebook, Twitter and Myspace. They have created their own 'Don't be Evil' bookmarklet to rearrange Google's social search results to remove G+ bias, using Google's own APIs. Caution: Bookmarklet does not work with IE or in areas without Google's new social search features. May choke smaller ferrets.
    posted by Sparx on Jan 23, 2012 - 91 comments

    No more briar pipes

    Néo Fénéon: "Three thousand seven hundred dollars richer after stealing from the job, Marvin Williams, 25, of Brooklyn, went to urinate in a playground." - Items from the NYPD blotter remixed daily in the style of Félix Fénéon. (previously)
    posted by mrgrimm on Jan 12, 2012 - 10 comments

    Like Fake Steve Jobs with more snark

    Overheard on the Goldman Sachs elevator Single Link Twitter Feed
    posted by zerobyproxy on Jan 10, 2012 - 91 comments

    ...act now before Canada becomes too similar to the US to make these jokes anymore

    Canada declares its "canadacy" in the race for US President (The Canada Party on Twitter; also spotted on HuffPo)
    posted by flex on Jan 10, 2012 - 67 comments

    DON'T DRINK THE NECTAR OF PROPAGANDA UNTIL AFTER YOU'VE FINISHED WHAT'S ON YOUR PLATE

    JENNY HOLZER, MOM [more inside]
    posted by Chipmazing on Jan 5, 2012 - 63 comments

    #Riot

    Self-Organized, Hyper-Networked Revolts—Coming to a City Near You: Wired looks at how messaging and social media have influenced the dynamics of riots, protests, other large crowd gatherings.
    posted by quin on Jan 4, 2012 - 23 comments

    "Have just. Read The Rational Optimist. Great book."

    Rupert Murdoch, here are my top Twitter tips – feel free to RT
    posted by Artw on Jan 3, 2012 - 19 comments

    Redefining the you that is you

    You Are Not Your Name and Photo: A Call to Re-Imagine Identity.
    posted by Brandon Blatcher on Dec 30, 2011 - 48 comments

    fuck you mom and dad for not getting me an iPhone fuck you, FML

    Didn't get that Apple product you wanted for Christmas? Jonathan Mann, with the help of Twitter, composed a song for you: WTF?! I wanted an iPhone! If that doesn't quite rock your world, Mann composes and performs a song a day, so there ought to be something you like.
    posted by desjardins on Dec 27, 2011 - 45 comments

    To tweet, perchance to dream

    The final tweets of some notable people who died this year. Some other final tweets.
    posted by fearfulsymmetry on Dec 27, 2011 - 31 comments

    The Year Secrecy Jumped the Shark

    The EFF's Year End Review   The ACLU's This Year in Civil Liberties   Amnesty International's Anual Report (video) [more inside]
    posted by jeffburdges on Dec 25, 2011 - 11 comments

    Mmmm, Green Screen...

    Arduino + servos + laser + phosphorescent surface + Twitter = Fade Away 1. A thoughtful art project about the "permanence" of the Internet.
    posted by pashdown on Dec 24, 2011 - 7 comments

    "Could you not do that, please?"

    Shit Girls Say, a humorous twitter account created by Graydon Sheppard and his partner Kyle Humphrey, now has two videos based on the joke [1,2]. Some women say "um, no thanks.".
    posted by emilycardigan on Dec 20, 2011 - 150 comments

    Visit Sweden.

    Swedish Citizens Now Control @sweden Twitter Account. Curators of Sweden is based around the idea that no single voice can represent the country, so a slew of guest Swedish curators will do the best job to portray the national character. One Swedish citizen will have control of the @sweden handle each week.
    posted by sweetkid on Dec 16, 2011 - 34 comments

    The War on Twitter

    Did you know that Al-Shabaab, the Islamic militant group currently fighting for control of southern Somalia, has a Twitter account? [more inside]
    posted by Aizkolari on Dec 15, 2011 - 22 comments

    AN ANACONDA UNHINGES ITS MAGNIFICENT JAW. INSIDE, THE BRIGHT SCREEN OF A FREE IPAD RESTS JUST WITHIN ARM'S REACH

    Daniel Manitou is ActualPerson084 on Twitter. He writes slices of life about marketing and unspeakable horror. He is a real person and not a metal ghost in a rainbow box.
    posted by The Whelk on Dec 12, 2011 - 44 comments

    BoingBoing's Xeni Jardin on her breast cancer diagnosis

    I live online as much as I live offline. Often, I move around in the world staring into a device as I walk, sharing bits of one realm with the other. The morning I went in for my first mammogram, I felt nervous. I would tweet this new thing, like I do with lots of new things, and make the unknown and new feel less so. Maybe by doing so, I thought while I was driving, other women like me who'd never done this would also feel like it was less weird, less scary, more normal and worth doing without hesitation. I'd crack some 140-character jokes. I'd make fun of myself and others. I would Instagram my mammogram.
    posted by cgc373 on Dec 10, 2011 - 18 comments

    In Plutocratic Russia, Kremlin Tweets You

    There were thousands of Russians protesting the widespread ballot stuffing discovered during the elections last sunday. Russian police arrested hundreds of protesters who had gathered in Moscow’s Triumfalnaya Square, including Alexei Navalny. Protestors raised awareness using Twitter hashtags like #триумфальная (Triumfalnaya), but pro-Kremlin spammers were prepared to drown them out using 2000 automated twitterbots they'd created earlier this year. (related, recently)
    posted by jeffburdges on Dec 10, 2011 - 27 comments

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