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All Hail The Algorithm

As reported this weekend, Twitter announced today that timelines will no longer be ordered strictly by reverse chronology. [more inside]
posted by davidjmcgee on Feb 10, 2016 - 142 comments

Female Script Intros

"JANE (late 20s) sits hunched over a microscope. She’s attractive, but too much of a professional to care about her appearance." Hollywood producer retweets actual intros for female characters in actual proposed scripts.
posted by XQUZYPHYR on Feb 10, 2016 - 111 comments

0/10 would send to Twitter jail

This week, copyright trolls came for @Dog_rates, the beloved Twitter account that rates dogs (but NOT saber-toothed tigers or t-rexes). In a chilling move, the troll threatened to make a similar attack on @Dog_rates's biggest rival/colleague, @EverythingGoats. Twitter has refused to comment.
posted by a fiendish thingy on Feb 10, 2016 - 19 comments

I've Got N Words For You:

"I've got eight words for you: I've got two words for you: Fuck off" A Python code implementation of the sequence presented by @extranapkins in this tweet.
posted by Greg Nog on Feb 10, 2016 - 24 comments

ASCII and Emoji United!

Do you feel like you need more culture in your life? Well, then you should head down to The Tiny Gallery on Twitter! Brought to you by emoji, ASCII, and @deer_ful. [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Feb 3, 2016 - 2 comments

Stop Doing This. Please Retweet!

Reading a barrage of violent comments and threats doesn’t make me want to retaliate. It doesn’t make me want to fire back at those guys with the same hate and rage that they spewed my direction about me and the rest of my gender. It makes me want to censor myself. It makes me hesitant to write certain jokes. Could this tweet make hundreds of men tell me I belong locked in their closet? Will this idea I’m putting out there also end in threats of rape or murder?
Is That a Threat?, by Alison Leiby for The Lighthouse.
posted by Navelgazer on Feb 3, 2016 - 93 comments

Sarah? Sarah's not here.

Behold. Erowid Sarah Palin, a twitterbot with a mission to do Markov mashups between Sarah Palin quotes and "trip reports" from the Experience Vault at Erowid. [more inside]
posted by CheeseDigestsAll on Feb 1, 2016 - 41 comments

It'll get there eventually

Every Peano number.
posted by kenko on Feb 1, 2016 - 19 comments

Hey @Comcast why is my internet speed 31down\9up when I pay for 150down?

This Bot Will Tweet at Comcast Whenever Your Internet Is Slower Than Advertised
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Feb 1, 2016 - 58 comments

#ColorOurCollections

"Led by The New York Academy of Medicine, the Color Our Collections event invites you to download images from library and cultural institution collections, color them, and share them on social media using the event hashtag #ColorOurCollections."
To start with, check out the natural history offerings from the Biodiversity Heritage Library and the medieval offerings from the University of Oxford's Bodleian Library. [more inside]
posted by flex on Jan 30, 2016 - 9 comments

YTMND is dead. Long live YADN.

You Are Dog Now is a Twitter account that matches pictures sent to it with 'doggie doppelgangers'. Since being discovered by BuzzFeed last week and forcibly made viral, YADN has matched hundreds of people with dogs, some simply by appearance (1, 2, 3), others based on expression (1, 2, 3), location (1, 2, 3) or props (1, 2, 3). And yes, some Celebrities Are Dog Now (1, 2, 3).
posted by oneswellfoop on Jan 25, 2016 - 14 comments

Right to the midsection...

Follow Friday: @WWESubway uses professional wrestling GIFs to illustrate the vast panoply of experiences and emotions of the Subway sandwich shop aficionado. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on Jan 15, 2016 - 20 comments

I like to think that Family Guy would be The Joker's favorite show.

Jared Leto taking on the mantle of The Joker for the upcoming Suicide Squad Badguy Patrol movie met with a great deal of conversation when it was announced in 2014. Recent leaks from the set indicate that Leto is falling wholeheartedly into the role, taking a method acting approach to getting into the insanely dark and twisted inner life of the character. Twitter reports.
posted by codacorolla on Jan 7, 2016 - 41 comments

(It used to be) a game of links.

One year into his newly found freedom after 6 years incarceration in Tehran´s Evin prison; Mefi´s own Hossein Derakhshan gives his views on the internet and social media.
posted by adamvasco on Dec 30, 2015 - 19 comments

@5point9billion

Your Personal Light Cone
posted by alby on Dec 28, 2015 - 10 comments

Bonus points for a towel on exercise equipment

Sleeping under an original My Little Pony single bed set tonight? Or sharing with your uncle and the Christmas tree? Or bedding down in the garage, next to the punch bag? For the last few years Rhodri Marsden has been sharing the people of Twitter's Christmas eve sleeping arrangements, in all their awkward, makeshift, regressive glory. You can view this year's on his timeline @rhodri.
posted by Helga-woo on Dec 24, 2015 - 53 comments

Get rich or die vlogging --

The sad economics of Internet fame (slFusion)
posted by Kitteh on Dec 14, 2015 - 103 comments

Loafs of Northern Darkness

What's nihilistic, majestic, atmospheric, misanthropic, and screeching? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Dec 14, 2015 - 13 comments

Sprawled Out On The Freezer Case Of Your Heart

Bodega Cats is a Twitter account featuring cats that live in stores
posted by The Whelk on Dec 6, 2015 - 28 comments

Loving the aliebn: @jonnysun

Loving the aliebn. A long interview with and article about @jonnysun, one of my absolute favorite Twitterers, who now also has an Instagram with tidbits in the captions. [more inside]
posted by kmz on Dec 3, 2015 - 11 comments

You're left wing and look about 12

Journalist Owen Jones meets one of his twitter trolls. (SLYT) (NSFW swearing)
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Nov 26, 2015 - 20 comments

please stop roasting my goddamned shoes

I don't remember buying these gaudy mother fuckin shoes but am i gonna wear em? you bet your ass [more inside]
posted by Rustic Etruscan on Nov 25, 2015 - 94 comments

The ISIS Twitter Census

Defining and describing the population of ISIS supporters on Twitter Although much ink has been spilled on the topic of ISIS activity on Twitter, very basic questions remain unanswered, including such fundamental issues as how many Twitter users support ISIS, who they are, and how many of those supporters take part in its highly organized online activities. ... We set out to answer some of these important questions using innovative techniques to create a large, representative sample of accounts that can be clearly defined as ISIS supporters, and to attempt to define the boundaries of ISIS’s online social network. [SLPDF] [via]
posted by Elizabeth the Thirteenth on Nov 24, 2015 - 4 comments

Good job, internet.

In preparation for police raids tonight in Brussels, Belgian authorities asked journalists not to tweet using #brusselslockdown. The response has been a hundred thousand photos of cats.
posted by nickrussell on Nov 22, 2015 - 115 comments

Tweeting from a protest subjects you to enrollment in a police database

Your Social Media Posts Are Fueling the Future of Police Surveillance - Any posts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other location-tagged social media uploaded in [an] area will appear on a display at police headquarters. An uploaded Vine from one block away could show someone running away, and give the cops a starting point for their investigation. How long until that hypothetical situation is a reality? “We’re 100 percent there,” says Lee Guthman, head of business development at Geofeedia, a location-based social media monitoring site.
posted by nevercalm on Nov 22, 2015 - 46 comments

Science and sexism: In the eye of the Twitterstorm

When Fiona Ingleby took to Twitter last April to vent about a journal’s peer-review process, she didn’t expect much of a response. With only around 100 followers on the social-media network, Ingleby — an evolutionary geneticist at the University of Sussex near Brighton, UK — guessed that she might receive a few messages of support or commiseration from close colleagues. What she got was an overwhelming wave of reaction. Social media has enabled an increasingly public discussion about the persistent problem of sexism in science.
posted by sciatrix on Nov 20, 2015 - 11 comments

would cuddle af

We Rate Dogs (SLTwitter) [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Nov 19, 2015 - 13 comments

100 Winter Dates

100 Winter Date Ideas, courtesy of @vrunt.
posted by Greg Nog on Nov 17, 2015 - 17 comments

The tweets and listicles of outrageous fortune.

5 things the media does to manufacture outrage.
posted by jacquilynne on Nov 16, 2015 - 71 comments

"I wanted to go to Heaven.”

[Megan] Phelps-Roper spent the summer and the fall in an existential spiral. She would conclude that everything about Westboro’s doctrine was wrong, only to be seized with terror that these thoughts were a test from God, and she was failing. “You literally feel insane,” she said. Eventually, her doubts won out. “I just couldn’t keep up the charade,” she said. “I couldn’t bring myself to do the things we were doing and say the things we were saying.” - How a prized daughter of the Westboro Baptist Church came to question its beliefs. (content warning : extreme homophobic & anti-Semitic language)
posted by nadawi on Nov 16, 2015 - 64 comments

an azure & emerald tome describing a world made only of plates of beans

If you, too, tend to forget to visit MeFi Projects, possibly due to everything existing everywhere, simultaneously, then you ought to check out MagicRealismBot on Twitter. [more inside]
posted by wintersweet on Nov 11, 2015 - 20 comments

Putting the Emo in Emoji

Arika Okrent (previously and previously and previously) is known here as MentalFloss.com's language maven, usually looking at linguistic history, like English language words that only survive as parts of idioms and a group trying to revive the Lakota language. But her latest short piece clearly deals with the Future of Language: Emojis. And how the depiction of emojis for certain emotions vary between different devices/systems, sppecifically Apple/iOS, Google/Android and Samsung's proprietary sub-system for the Galaxy S5. [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop on Nov 10, 2015 - 24 comments

Tweet it like it is

Abortion in Ireland is illegal with the sole exception of when the mother’s life is in immediate danger. Comedian Gráinne Maguire is using Twitter to focus more attention to the issue by live-tweeting the details of her period to Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny. [more inside]
posted by cynical pinnacle on Nov 8, 2015 - 22 comments

What is your most awkward moment?

On Sunday, Jenny Lawson (AKA The Bloggess) shared this embarrassing exchange on Twitter: Airport cashier: "Have a safe flight." Me: "You too!" I CAN NEVER COME HERE AGAIN. Very quickly, Lawson’s followers were tweeting their own embarrassing exchanges at her, and she began to retweet them en masse. The result was a stream of cringingly awkward hilarity.
posted by Four-Eyed Girl on Nov 4, 2015 - 413 comments

The Decay of Twitter

The Decay of Twitter. At some point early last year, the standard knock against Twitter—which had long ceased to be “I don’t want to know what someone’s eating for lunch”—became “I don’t want everyone to see what I have to say.” [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Nov 3, 2015 - 208 comments

Bob Ross, Game Developer

Within each of us is a developer. You too can make a game.
posted by SpacemanStix on Nov 2, 2015 - 13 comments

Long live the Blerd!

"Black nerds on Twitter are an eclectic group, into sci-fi/horror/nerdy shows like Doctor Who, The Walking Dead, American Horror Story and Game of Thrones, and they often view the show through a different lens, compared to a non-POC viewer. Blerd Twitter’s consistent viewership and use of blerd hashtags along with network hashtags have made them a prominent source for constructive critiques about television. Hashtags aside, Blerds will give shows a fair shot, but this community won’t hesitate to call series writers and producers out on important issues, like a lack of diversity and/or lax character development for Black characters on the show." How Twitter Blerds are Impacting the Future of TV (by Tai Gooden)
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Nov 2, 2015 - 4 comments

In a knowing match nobody knows like Gaston

Bot-ston is a Twitter bot which creates new verses in the style of Gaston's song from Beauty and the Beast.
posted by ActionPopulated on Oct 29, 2015 - 26 comments

better than fuck him up socrates!

Twitter user and occasional Metafilter poster leyawn has created a choose-your-own-adventure game in tweets and GIFs using his own pixel art. Click the profile links to advance the story! [more inside]
posted by Rustic Etruscan on Oct 28, 2015 - 7 comments

Obviously the best thing to do is put a chip in it

Internet of Shit. Laugh now, while you can still buy a toaster that doesn't have Linux on it. The Internet of Things previously: 1, 2
posted by jklaiho on Oct 27, 2015 - 87 comments

Field Work Fail

In FieldWorkFail, scientists working in the field share their more embarassing stories !
posted by Blasdelb on Oct 22, 2015 - 34 comments

From WATS lines to Whatsapp

How Black Lives Matter Uses Social Media to Fight the Power. by Bijan Stephen. [more inside]
posted by zabuni on Oct 21, 2015 - 11 comments

The Confessions of @dick_nixon

“I understood that Nixon couldn't be frozen in the world of the tapes — he belonged ‘in the arena.’ And that made him a natural for Twitter.” Justin Sherin analyzes how and why he imitates Richard Nixon on Twitter as @dick_nixon.
posted by Rangi on Oct 17, 2015 - 15 comments

"The problem of abuse is the greatest challenge the web faces today."

Umair Haque on Why Twitter’s Dying (And What You Can Learn From It):
Can we create a better web? Sure. But I think we have to start with humility, gratitude, reality — not arrogance, privilege, blindness. Abuse isn’t a nuisance, a triviality, a minor annoyance that “those people” have to put up with for the great privilege of having our world-changing stuff in their grubby hands. It will chill, stop, and kill networks from growing, communities from blossoming, and lives from flourishing.
posted by metaquarry on Oct 15, 2015 - 98 comments

In Case You Aren't Paranoid Enough About Social Media & Privacy

"One broader implication of this is that no one should take the NSA seriously when they say they are only collecting “metadata” on whom someone contacts, rather than the content of the communication. Social network metadata is incredibly powerful." How to tell whether a Twitter user is pro-choice or pro-life without reading any of their tweets
posted by COD on Oct 9, 2015 - 47 comments

Lucidibeet hubcar

You've seen @everyword. Now here's every nonword.
posted by nebulawindphone on Oct 6, 2015 - 33 comments

🎶 Final fan-ta-sy is an R.P.G. 🎶

A Cockatiel learns to sing the Chocobo Song, sings constantly (SLTwitter)
posted by rebent on Oct 5, 2015 - 19 comments

Go away, or I shall taunt you a second time!

TauntBot [via mefi projects]
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering on Oct 4, 2015 - 11 comments

who want lasagna

Hungry? Check out FoodP0rnn for delicious inspiration. (SLTwitter)
posted by Metroid Baby on Oct 1, 2015 - 31 comments

Anis Thomas, Pheynifer Elaine, Whiode Matthew...

"Fact: wearing white and holding your belly is the best way to ensure a healthy baby." Twitter bots 4 momz! is a Twitter list of three humorous Twitter bots from Mefi's own Metroid Baby, spoofing parenting advice from popular media: @FakeMomAdvice, @FakePregAdvice, and @TrendyNames. [via mefi projects]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Sep 25, 2015 - 14 comments

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