I came to Twitter because I had a book to sell, and my misgivings about the whole enterprise meant that I would never be any good at it. A phrase comes to mind: I was “pissing into the void.” For 1 year, 4 months and 22 days—or 508 days total—Twitter became part of my daily thinking ritual.
Writer Benjamin Anastas
to Twitter Village
editor Jane Friedman comments
is a tumblr blog that hosts algorithmically detected pairs of twitter anagrams.
[via mefi projects
No stranger to controversy, Mike Krahulik, gabe of Penny Arcade, has found himself embroiled
in yet another debacle
over a series of transphobic tweets he's made
, coming right off the heels of public criticism and outrage
over an apparently racist/misogynistic panel
that was to be held at the upcoming PAX Aus convention
this and past controversies, The Fullbright Company
, the indie developer of "Gone Home
", has pulled out
of PAX's coveted Indie Megabooth
. gabe has issued a pair of apologies
for his tweets, swearing off
ever talking about topics other than comics or video games again. [Previously
Imagine if you Tweeted something embarrassing, offensive, or just plain weird - and you had no control over it.
This is an awareness program from the Tourettes Syndrome Foundation of Canada that uses random automated tweets to participants Twitter accounts to simulate the experience of having Tourettes and raise awareness of the Syndrome. [more inside]
Digital mapping startup MapBox
teams up with social data warehouse Gnip
to create some stunning visualizations
of every geotagged tweet
since September 2011. [more inside]
Well, maybe Twitter is just another big toilet wall, but there's as much clean space and spray paint as you'll ever need. What are you going to do with it? Create something or destroy someone else's picture?
Ricky Gervais on the Internet as creative playground.
It started as an afternoon hacking project with your Twitter API. I called it @timebot. I set it running just over a year ago.
. "I give in to @HuffingtonPost click-bait so you don't have to." [more inside]
"Toby Hockley was on the 100-mile Boudicca Sportive ride
in Norfolk when he says he was struck by a car and flung into a hedge. The driver didn't stop. Hockley emerged from the hedge, sore but intact.
It sounds like a run-of-the-mill depressing incident from the UK's roads. But the shocking part came later.
A young woman tweeted: "Definitely knocked a cyclist off his bike earlier. I have right of way - he doesn't even pay road tax! #Bloodycyclists."" [more inside]
Researchers at Humboldt State University have mapped hateful tweets.
Dr. Monica Stephens, at Humboldt State, has teamed up with undergraduate research assistants to study the geographical distribution of hate speech in tweets. The graphical map breaks down by "genre" of hate (homophobia, racism, disability) as well as by individual words flagged. Far more details are available on floatingsheep.org
; the data was provided by the DOLLY Project
at the University of Kentucky.
Meet the 17-year-old kid who won a Boston hackathon by creating a killer hack for Twitter, blocking out TV show spoilers. Also, she's a girl, and the only solo entrant.
The Onion's Twitter feed was apparently hacked
by Syrian Electronic Army
, the group that recently hacked the White House Twitter account and sent the stock market on a short-lived dive.
The Onion has responded to the hack, darkly
is a one day Twitter project
created by author Maureen Johnson
. There are only three rules: 1. Take a well-known book. (It’s up to you to define well-known.) 2. Imagine that book was written by an author of the OPPOSITE GENDER. 3. Now, COVERFLIP! Make the new cover and put it online. Tweet or Tumbl it with the tag #coverflip.
So many Directioners - the fans of non-threatening boyband One Direction - liked to tell their idols about the deaths of grandparents, pets or dreams
that it spawned a Twitter account dedicated to cataloguing the strange things fans say
. It's a far cry from the communications between star and fan twenty years before
Nathan Fielder of Nathan For You
(where he helps real businesses by doing things like developing unique froyo flavors
and unlikey-to-be-redeemed rebates
), has posted the results of two Twitter "experiments": Text your parents "got 2 grams for $40" then right after "Sorry ignore that txt. Not for you"
and a second one
about dollar store condoms.
POWER VOCAB TWEET
. Boost your vocabulary with these fiercely plausible words and definitions. About
. [via mefi projects
] [more inside]
Up until last week, "One Direction Infection," a Tumblr blog created and maintained by an eighth grader we'll call Claire, looked like any other 14-year-old's Tumblr. But over the weekend Claire's subject matter took a sharp turn. In place of candid shots of Harry Styles and Zayn Malik, there are now photos of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev; instead of inspirational image macros, there are annotated crime scene photos.
Gawker's Max Read on where social media fandoms meet conspiracy theories.
Last fall, the Canadian Space Agency asked students to design a simple science experiment that could be performed in space, using items already available aboard the International Space Station. Today, Commander Chris Hadfield
conducted the winner for its designers: two tenth grade students, Kendra Lemke and Meredith Faulkner, in a live feed to their school in Fall River, Nova Scotia. And now, we finally have an answer to the age-old question, What Happens When You Wring Out A Washcloth In Space? [more inside]
is a Twitter feed in which comedian Gavin Speiller
posts the first pages of his unfinished screenplays, covering genres such as science fiction
, family dramas
, financial dramas
, mob movies
, alien invasion films
, heist pictures
, spy thrillers
, and everything in between.
Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin’s Post-Scandal Playbook (Spoiler: The disgraced Congressman is likely running for Mayor of New York City. SLNYT, Via)
VOISEOVER: In a Citey wher thers Somuchcrimes , theDetetcive is onthe Case... DETETCIVE: Stop crimeing! VOISEOVER: But Oneproblam... Crimer!
(Single link Twitter feed.)
We've all seen it.
The off-white UAV is seen side on, nose tilted slightly down, a stubby missile caught at the moment of launch beneath it, a blue and grey landscape of treeless mountains behind it. There's no motion blur and none of the markings on the aircraft have been obfuscated. It's a perfect shot. Except for one or two details. [more inside]
Your Kazaa Library.
All the best music, in an easy to download format that might just fill all 20 Gb of your hard drive.
The Tweet Hereafter
compiles the final posts of well-known people (for some value of well-known). Mundane or monumental, it displays the fleeting tweets of the deceased. [more inside]
The Aleph is a short story by Jorge Luis Borges in which a man is suddenly able to see all things at once. I wanted to present a version of what The Aleph might look like now, designed as an endless stream of descriptive passages pulled from the web. For source texts, I took the complete Project Gutenberg as well as current tweets. I searched for the phrase "I saw." The Aleph: Infinite Wonder / Infinity Pity
by David Hirmes
The finalists for the 2012 Nebula Awards have been announced
(list with free fiction links here
), but there's still another two weeks to get in nominations for the 2013 Hugo Awards
. However, for those works not fiting the regular award categories Tim Pratt and other science fiction writers, fans and interested parties on Twitter have been suggesting #FakeHugoAwardCategories
. io9 collects some of the best.
Visitors to, and other non-residents in, North Korea are now able to tweet and instagram, as mobile data services are gradually opened up
. (Probably) the first tweet sent in this way appeared earlier today
. [more inside]
Obama, DC Press Corps Locked In Mutual Loathing Pact
. Mike Allen, of Politico
, in his article Obama, The Puppet Master
, said that Obama " has shut down interviews with many of the White House reporters who know the most and ask the toughest questions." John Cook (Gawker
) replies: I will now tweet every question Politico's Mike Allen asked President George W. Bush during a May 2008 interview"
) [more inside]
Twitter is experimenting with online shopping
"American Express card holders who connect their card numbers to their Twitter accounts can post on Twitter to trigger a purchase of select products, including discounted American Express gift cards, Kindle Fire tablets from Amazon.com Inc. and jewelry from designer Donna Karan. The program will roll out over the next few days." [more inside]
– astounding real-time visualization of tweets around the world. The fascinating tracker is the work of Paris-based developer Franck Ernewein, who launched the site several days ago. Via
HMVs across the world have been closing and losing their business to online retailers so they have been letting a lot of people go. Recently, they fired someone who had access to twitter. They live-tweeted the whole event
The Library of Congress posted a Jan 2013 update
on its mission to archive public tweets, announced back in April 2010 (previously
). 170 billion tweets so far, adding more than .5 billion per day. Search for a term? Prepare to wait ~24 hours. [more inside]
Trek and the City
"Needless to say, the Prime Directive wasn't the only thing Samantha violated that night." (Single Link Twitter Feed)
Commander Chris Hadfield
!) and Thomas Marshburn
are tweeting photos they are taking from the ISS. [more inside]
North Korea follows only three people on Twitter. One of them, for some reason, is 25-year-old Coldplay superfan Jimmy "Jammy" Dushku
Your scientific Twitter hashtag of the week: #overlyhonestmethods [more inside]