Ten morbidly modern sources of the dreads in daily life.
@wolfproverbs is a twitter bot that tweets the collected wit and wisdom of wolves - not translated into English, but you can often get the gist of it. [more inside]
A bot that tweets random combinations of English syllables. [more inside]
For those tired of choosing between fighting 1 horse-sized duck or 100 duck-sized horses, WYRF generates other options. "Would you rather fight 1 thunderstorm-sized clown or 1000 clown-sized thunderstorms?" [more inside]
A sampling of log statements as they get pushed to Github (a site that hosts open source code). Logs usually contain human-readable messages that are used by programmers to give themselves an idea of what's going on in the case that their software is having problems or behaving unexpectedly.
As part of Open Data Day DC, I began the Books for DC (aka 'booksfordc') project with the goal of increasing user engagement with the DC Public Library's many wonderful resources. Last month, I wrote a web scraper that publishes a Twitter feed of new additions to the DCPL book catalog. And I just released a Chrome browser extension that lets you know what books and ebooks are available at the DCPL when browsing Amazon, Goodreads, or Barnes & Noble. [more inside]
@dupdupdraw is a Twitter bot that tries to make up programs to draw things on its own and also draws what you tweet at it. Look at the favorites for a quick Best Of, or read a quick intro or the more thorough README. All programs are valid, and the worst that can happen is you get a random solid color.
This is a Twitter bot that re-posts tweets it finds beginning with the phrase "I just want..." It then pulls the nouns from the message, and uses those words to search Flickr for a matching image. [more inside]
@INTERESTING_JPG is a twitter bot that takes news photographs and runs them through a computer-vision caption generating system. [more inside]
@autocompleterap is a Twitter bot that combines rap lyrics (from ohhla - scraping courtesy of @beaugunderson) and Google search autocomplete suggestions. [more inside]
Since September 2014 I have contributed stories about Japan as Global Voices' Japan Editor. I report on what Japanese people are actually saying about the news on Twitter, in blogs, and on 2chan (somewhat similar to Reddit). Often I can find eyewitness accounts (in Japanese) to what's happening in the news, sometimes even scooping Western news outlets. It's all about presenting an authentic, slightly quirky take on current events in Japan.
I am going to attempt to run an AD&D campaign played over Twitter. The project is currently in the planning/incubating/looking-for-players phase. [more inside]
A user on Quora asked "Are there any free or cheap tools that would enable me to monitor a keyword and be notified whenever somebody over a certain follower threshold (say, 100,000) used it in a tweet?" I thought it was a great idea, so I built it. Specify Twitter keywords, set a minimum follower count, and receive an email when a suitably popular account tweets about it. You can also exclude retweets and filter out chosen accounts.
An independently-run MetaFilter-related project that tweets to all followers anything I've flagged as "fantastic". [more inside]
@eventuallybot is a Twitter bot that generates short films in GIF format, sourced from shreds of random YouTube clips. The films all tell stories, but sometimes the stories don't make a lot of sense. [more inside]
Tweeting MetaFilter post deletion reasons at @mefideleted to celebrate the wise and gentle hand of moderation reaching from the heart to the edge of our community. [more inside]
I took my first brewery tour at the Firestone Walker Brewing Company and tweeted my experience. This tour took place Sunday, October 12, 2014, in Paso Robles, California. [more inside]
I am rereading Stephen King's The Stand and tweeting one chapter's worth of quotes, analysis, criticism, and background per day at @WeHadADealKyle. [more inside]
Tweeting all the delicious dairy products, in alphabetical order. @everycurd is my tribute to [mefi's own!] @aparrish's classic twitter bot @everyword, whose task is now complete.
We all know that many new emoji were recently added to the Unicode standard. What we don't know is what emoji will be added in the years to come. Library of Emoji is a Twitter bot that speculates, several times each day, on what new emoji might appear in future Unicode revisions—emoji that today may seem unreasonable, but someday may be commonplace: COOKWARE SYMBOL. MOUTHPART. PRIAPIC SYMBOL FOR UNICYCLIST WATERLOO. [more inside]
Augur is an iPhone app that displays random Twitter posts, and attempts to provide both advice and prophesy. Pulling from a growing list of keywords, the app ignores any Twitter posts containing links, images, #hashtags, or @mentions. It also parses out any first person mention (I, Me, Myself) and tries to present Twitter posts containing second personal conditionals (You will, You shall, etc). [more inside]
Do you use Twitter? Instagram? Don't you wish there was a more fun way to look at the feeds than just a list of tweets? With Keepskor, you can build mini-games ("Who said it?" or "Who shot it are our first ones) that allow you to challenge this vs. that. [more inside]
Paul Simon claimed that there must be fifty ways to leave your lover, but in his famous song he named far fewer than that. Egress Methods, a twitter bot, fulfills the promise that Mr. Simon could not—and then some—tweeting a randomly generated formula for lover-leaving every few hours, from now into eternity. [more inside]
Picflood presents an unfiltered stream of pictures publicly posted to Twitter, updated in real time, with or without a filter for text in the tweet. Because of the specific Twitter API stream that Picflood hooks into, users see only a small subset of Twitter photos, but they still come through fast enough that it's hard to fully process each image before it disappears. Very NSFW.
Spare yourself the anguish of vainly trying to tweet a 118-character pull quote. [more inside]
Joke facts about eggs, on Twitter
You've heard this one: "Every pizza is a personal pizza if you try hard and believe in yourself." Pizza Clones is a Twitter bot that attempts to imitate this joke and elaborate on it, replacing the noun, adjective and condition with stuff it randomly finds on Twitter. Examples: "Every house is an open house unless you have NO pants on"; "Every weekend is a normal weekend if you regret at least one decision"; "Every time is an appropriate time if it wasn't for my aunt Barbara." [more inside]
Twitter bots are a way that lets digital collections speak for themselves. EuropeanaBot tweets random images from the European Digital Library that are related to news items, Nobel prize winners, Wikipedia entries, historical dates, etc. The Bot also likes cat pictures, unicorns and is a fan of MC Hammer. [more inside]
Applebee's twitter account is by turns defensive, insecure, and angry with occasional delusions of grandeur.
A Twitter account of things that are sadder than things people on Twitter think nothing is sadder than.
It's a Twitter account that posts premises for hard sci-fi movies
The sound of a cork popping out of a wine bottle, the sound of metal shoe tips on wet cobbles, the sound a dollop of yogurt makes, the sound of small shuffling footsteps on a tennis court, the sound of my dogs arse after him eating half an easter egg, the sound of hooves on pavement. I find sounds described on twitter.
Anagramatron searches for anagrammatical pairs of tweets, the cream of which are retweeted and posted to an associated tumblr. Source on github.
Boost your vocabulary with these fiercely plausible words and definitions. [more inside]
I made a dumb thing. It makes those memes where you see the Shibu Inu dog's internal monologue, but with parts of tweets. [more inside]
A simple web toy for creating absurdly-crude tweetable pixel art. Warning: squinting may be required. [more inside]
Twitov takes the Twitter history file some lucky folks have been given access to (Twitter says: Rolling it out "slowly" to everyone) and turns it into the brain for a Markov chatterbot. The results are slightly deranged and slightly stupid, but sometimes pretty funny. [more inside]
Metropho.rs is a geographic metaphor map that plots "X is the Y of Z" tweets by putting the "Y" label on the "X" location. Some nice coverage by the Atlantic Cities blog here. [more inside]
An easier and better way to ask questions to anyone with a Twitter account. You can leave questions for anyone, and only they can log in using their Twitter account to answer. Questions can be up/downvoted, and have threaded commenting, similar to a Reddit-style AMA session. Questions and answers can be as long as you need and won't get lost in the feed.
Future Earth's surviving bacteria colonizing Heathrow Terminal 5. A superior airport experience. A place to replicate & escape the heat.So: a parody London Heathrow Twitter account, tweeting from an alternate, slightly less benign universe. Learn about Heathrow's sinister cosmic plans for expansion, upcoming Christmas specials, and the airport's occult connections with Ancient Egypt. Brought to you by that 0430 British Airways flight that swoops low over my house every morning and wakes me up.
My interviewing website, called Conversus, is a place where people can tell any story they want. My experience interviewing includes as a radio, television, print reporter and as well as a freelance videographer and writer, and through my work as a public affairs officer. Because I have talked to hundreds of people during my career (maybe thousands), I have a good sense for what motivates people to share, namely asking a simple question and then, listening. I have had many five minute conversations with strangers who's stories could've been made into indie film sagas, only to have them disappear never to be seen again. I think these interactions are the stuff that fuel us and give us empathy for each other. [more inside]
This is a collection of tweets from the roughly 400 attendees over the 4 days of the XOXO Festival in Portland, Oregon.
Collaborative Tweeting. Accept submissions via URLs, and delegate tweeting to other people. [more inside]
Tweetchive is a little web hack I made to show your past tweets in various views. The primary view is a map, there are also views of pictures and text and links. It's not really a finished product, but it's useful enough I launched it. [more inside]
I've put together some of the software I wrote to help me track the Libyan revolution and have pointed it at everything discussing Syria on twitter. It ranks all the news articles, tweets, videos and images discussing twitter as well as the related hashtags and users with the most influence. You can see the most popular content for the last hour, for the last 24 hour period, or any random day in the last week. [more inside]
I made this tool to help violate Twitter brand guidelines. Enjoy!
Pentametron 2013 (pronounce the year "two thousand and thirteen") scans seven million tweets or so each day, in search of those that happen to be in pentameter - and then it retweets them. It digs up five to ten of these per hour, making a sort of endless sonnet from the vast collective chatter of the Net. [more inside]
Chinese words like foot fetish, Islam, and march are or were blocked on Sina Weibo, China’s version of Twitter. For two months last year, I used a Ruby script to uncover about a thousand of these blocked words. I've posted some of them on a website I created with short little entries on why they are blocked. [more inside]
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