"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
@irkafirka illustrates tweets.
Illustrator Nick Hilditch
) makes cute little cartoons out of selected twitter posts. Also available on twitter
, of course.
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
they have an API
, login via Facebook
, and an iPhone
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
on the blue.
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]
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.
Tiny Transactions on Computer Science ...the premier venue for computer science research of 140 characters or less.
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.
attempts to transcribe everything that comes over the Sheboygan, Wisconsin police scanner. The fine folks at Something Awful have cherry picked a few gems.
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).
Tools: 3Notes.js, a visual scene editor. Developer documentation. More resources. [more inside]
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
) 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.
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]
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.
The fact that Chinese internet access is censored
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]
Nat Morris built a machine that gives his dog a treat and takes photos when people tweet to @FeedToby
. [more inside]
"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
"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]
“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
"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]
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]
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]
"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]
"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
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.
"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
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.
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
The final tweets
of some notable people who died this year. Some other final
Arduino + servos + laser + phosphorescent surface + Twitter = Fade Away 1
. A thoughtful art project about the "permanence" of the Internet.
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
]. Some women say "um, no thanks."
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.
Did you know that Al-Shabaab
, the Islamic militant group currently fighting for control of southern Somalia, has a Twitter account
? [more inside]
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.
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