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]
Jotunheim is an iPhone app that lets you post to Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Flickr, and mlkshk. One at a time or all at once. So, you can keep your people up-to-date, even if they're not all on the same social network. [more inside]
ThinkUp is a powerful, free, open source PHP/MySQL app that you install on your web server to collect and store all of your activity on social networks like Twitter, Facebook and Google+. It can analyze your activity, lets you search for your data (even past Twitter's search limits!) and is constantly being extended with new features and capabilities by a very active, diverse developer community. [more inside]
Actual quotes from actual records. [more inside]
A tiny little browser-based app that will create a torrent of rain sound in response to the activity on a twitter search stream. This came out of Boston Music Hack Day 2011. This only works in Chrome, or bleeding-edge builds of Safari, due to its use of the brandy new web-audio API, which I didn't know existed until yesterday. [more inside]
For those times when you really want to tweet something out of a book, but really don't want to research giant Colombian blackberries, apple varietals or what Bangkok really means on your own. Type up your quote, add the book and you've got a Twitter-handy cite! [more inside]
It occurred to me that some of the best conversations I’ve had lately revolve around the question - why are you a librarian? I thought it would be fun to collect these stories in a central place so that we’d have a snapshot of all the different reasons people join the information science profession but more importantly, why we’ve stayed in libraries. I’m collecting anecdotes from Twitter (tweet with hash tag #ilibcause), via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and via a submission form on the website ilibcause.com/submit. More information available at ilibcause.com/about. [more inside]
An ad-hoc, location-specific messageboard. Grabs your location and creates a messageboard based on messages sent by the people around you; the more messages there are near you, the more geographically-focused your messageboard is. Hopefully useful as a backchannel for conference talks, protest demonstrations and more. Photos, files, OpenID, ActivityStreams and APIs to come.
I made an IRC bot for #mefi on Slashnet. It's written in Python, is multithreaded, has a robust plugin system, and supports interacting with Twitter and Tumblr via plugins.
The power of team spirit harnesses the potential of technology to create...THE TWERRIBLE TOWEL!! Every tweet tagged with #steelersnation twirls the towel one time. Check it out at http://twerribletowel.com
Twittov generates nonsense from your Twitter history using Markov chains. Note: Your tweets must be public for it to work. I posted this as a python script a year ago, but it's totally rewritten for the new Twitter API and has a Django/jQuery interface.
Click and click again to generate random new years resolutions for 2011, based on a corpus of tweets collected yesterday and today. Sometimes nonsensical, sometimes absurd, sometimes even plausible. "Be more dedicated to achieve. It avoids disappointment. which means you'll have to be." (potentially NSFW) [more inside]
My friend Cristin Norine is spending one month living in a gallery, alone, that's in plain sight on a busy street in Portland, Or. She can't leave or have visitors, and is only communicating to others via social media. [more inside]
I have no idea how these people got their #mathowielove wedged into their internets. But I think I know why. [more inside]
My friends and I released an application that lets you specify just how awesome your Twitter friends are - allowing you award up to 25 AwesomeBucks per day (and deduct 10, if that's your thing). The same site looks great on mobiles as well as computers - if you resize your browser window to a smaller size, you'll see the layout transform into the tablet, then mobile version. I'd love to hear feedback, we have a milestone set for a few weeks out for refinement based on early user feedback. Note - Twitter account required to log in.
This was my video presentation for 20x2, a format where 20 people are called to answer a question in 2 minutes or less. This event has been a regular part of SXSW, but last week was the first time they came out to Chicago. I was lucky enough to be one of the participants. [more inside]
My wife and I launched this site last week - we've been building it while travelling around Morocco on our honeymoon. Search or browse for conferences (mostly web / technology at the moment, but the site is rapidly growing outside its original niche). Sign in with Twitter and it will tell you about conferences your Twitter friends are attending or speaking at. You're also encouraged to build up your own speaker profile of conferences you have presented at or will be presenting in the future. [more inside]
Ok guys, hypertext novels sure are the worst. Here's another nonetheless. [more inside]