Imagine someone pays a compliment to the person next to you, but you think it’s for you. You quickly say thank you, then just as quickly hang your head down in complete awkwardness, wanting to curl up into a little ball so nobody sees you. Yeah, there’s an app for things like that.
Social media can be used for good, too! The app named Cheer Upper is allowing Twitter users to find people’s depressing tweets and send a reply to brighten the day of these saddened strangers. Cheer Upper uses the Twitter API and MetaMind’s sentiment analysis API to collect sad tweets.
He was bullied on the Internet but now women and celebs are knocking on his door, wanting to dance with him
You may have heard of the #FindDancingMan campaign. It was sparked by a woman named Cassandra Fairbanks after she saw two photos making the rounds on the Internet (starting at 4Chan, of all places). The photos were of a man, dancing happily, then hanging his head in humiliation. The caption for the photos read ‘Spotted this specimen trying to dance the other week. He stopped when he saw us laughing’.
Let’s face it, if you’ve had too much time on your hands, you’ve probably wondered a lot of strange things, and photographer Victorija Pashuta is no different. She’s created a new photo series called ‘If guys were social networks’ and used all our favourite websites to imagine just what the typical guy would look like if those sites were anthropomorphized.
Cops just can’t catch a break these days. While out on patrol in Tottenham, North London, Sergeant Pete Shaw and his patrol team took to a kids’ playground to do some quick horsing around. Mounting horses on springs, Shaw and three other cops had a bit of a laugh (and stress relief) in the quiet of the night. They even posted the picture of them to Sgt. Shaw’s Twitter account.
Are you trying too hard on Facebook? Do you tweet too often? Are you looking like a loser to all your 1,200 Instagram followers? Now there’s a program that will ‘delve into your online persona, crunch the numbers, and form a comprehensive quantitative summary of your effort level in social media’. If you’re ready to […]
It’s time to cash in on those witty tweets of yours! ‘Permanent140’ is an online service that immortalizes your favourite tweets by turning them into commemorative wooden or metal plaques. Timeless excerpts like ‘Pizza doesn’t need commercials. All they have to say is, “Remember pizza?”’ come with the tweeter’s name, username, and time and date […]
With Western Australia being the world’s deadliest place for shark attacks, scientists have taken a modern approach to helping swimmers and surfers avoid these ocean predators. Almost 400 sharks have been outfitted with transmitters that announce their nearby presence via Twitter, specifically on Surf Life Saving Western Australia’s (SLSWA) feed. Basically, it’s Foursquare for sharks.
You may have heard on the news about that sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service was not actually a sign language interpreter. Turns out, he was only making random hand signals and were actually gibberish, according to experts.
Sometimes you can find happiness in the simplest of things. Take for instance the Twitter account @FacesPics, an archive of photographs of random, everyday objects and buildings that seem to have faces. You can check out fun photos like: a helicopter happily eating a bunch of soldiers, or the setting sun with a birds for eyes and a mouth, or a screaming concrete block with a pole sticking through its eye socket.
It’s not as smarmy as it sounds, but yes, there is a tweeting bra (it had to be invented eventually) and it really does tweet a message to Twitter every time it’s taken off. Don’t believe us? Watch the video! Popular Greek TV presenter Mara Bacodimou is wearing the bra for two weeks and we’ll all get to follow her bra and braless antics online. Sounds like fun, right?
If you’ve ever wanted to know when your favorite celebs sleep, now you can. Kinda creepy but also kinda cool, Sleeping Time logs the last 1,000 tweets from your fave Tweeters and then determines their approximate sleeping schedule. According to this nifty little app, Louis C.K. is most likely to sleep between 1am and 9am, […]
The good folks of Comics Should Be Good put out a Twitter survey asking their readers which Muppets should be mashed-up with which classic superheroes. And the results were fantastic. I personally loved the idea of Animal being morphed into Wolverine. It’s so fitting!
Celebrities have been known to exhibit the worst behavi… we mean, grammar. Seriously, just look at their tweets. So Red Balloon, an English school in Brazil, hit upon the idea of having their 8 to 13-year-old students tweet back at celebrities like Paris Hilton, Rihanna and Justin Bieber, to correct their grammatical errors in their […]
Twitter’s data visualization scientist Nicolas Belmonte converted every geotagged tweet — billions in total — ever recorded into an interactive 3D model dubbed ‘Andes’. You can even choose from multiple terrains to display the visualizations. These are really beautiful.