Aussies take note: checking your Twitter feed can now save you from shark attacks

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Thursday 2 January 2014

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.

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Fake interpreter at Mandela’s funeral starts a Twitter account, hilarity ensues

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By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Websites on Wednesday 18 December 2013

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.

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Photos of hidden faces in everyday objects and places

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Photography on Monday 9 December 2013

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.

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The Tweeting Bra is here, ladies (and perverts!)

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By Rachel Oakley in Tech on Thursday 31 October 2013

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?

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Find out the sleeping pattern of every celebrity Tweeter

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By Rachel Oakley in Tech on Friday 4 October 2013

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, […]

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Muppet superhero mashups

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By Annie Churdar in New Art on Friday 30 August 2013

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!

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Brazilian kids correct celebrities’ grammar on Twitter

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Wednesday 31 July 2013

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 […]

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Tweets as 3D topography

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Wednesday 3 July 2013

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.

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Now you can have homing pigions Tweet for you

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By Eugenia Viti in New Trends on Wednesday 26 June 2013

Sick of plain old sending your Tweets on a computer? Why not have a sponsored homing pigeon Tweet your Tweet for you? Not to be confused with @feral_pigeon choose from four pigeons (named Hans, Wilma, Jean Claude, and Engeli) to fly cross country with your Tweet. Once they reach their destination both the Tweet and […]

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Twitter visualizer Tweet maps

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By Annie Churdar in Cool Websites on Tuesday 25 June 2013

Thanks to these maps that pinpoint Tweets, we can see the world as Twitter sees it. This project has been in the works since 2009 when the team at Twitter started geo-tagged Tweets. Now the results are in and apparently, London, Paris and Moscow are the loudest Tweeters while Tokyo, Istanbul and New York also garner special […]

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Artist Tweets everything he eats

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Websites on Thursday 20 June 2013

Dutch-Brazilian visual artist Rafaël Rozendaal has a Twitter feed which he updates religiously with tweets of what he eats. It’s perfectly mundane and perfectly fun. Actually, it comes across as showing up the ridiculousness of all these food Instagrams that choke the Internet highway every second.

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Cat Food Breath

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Websites on Saturday 15 June 2013

Cat Food Breath is the moniker of a big-boned 17-pound Siamese cat with dense hair and a taste for sushi. It has its own blog and an equally hilarious Twitter account. Of how the kitty found its way to cyberspace: ‘I was online one day, trying to sell the dog on eBay, when I stumbled […]

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Social afterlife in the form of… tweets

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Wednesday 12 June 2013

How would you like your social life to continue long after you decease? Well, Lives On promises you a social afterlife by making sure your tweets roll long after you hit the sky. While the service is still in development, it promises to eventually be able to analyze your Twitter feed to learning about your […]

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The Aleph translated into modern Twitter slang by David Hirmes

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in Cool Websites on Wednesday 5 June 2013

The Aleph is a short story by Jorge Luis Borges that relates the experience of a man suddenly able to see everything in the world all at once. And now, thanks to David Hirmes, that story just got a quirky, modern update. You can read the story translated into modern Twitter slang. Or maybe you’re feeling classy, in […]

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Is there life in outer space? Here comes Mars Rat

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Tuesday 4 June 2013

Some hawk-eyed folks recently spotted a decidedly rat-like critter in a photo taken in September last year by the Curiosity Rover. It’s really a rock. I guess it would make a pretty good pet rock. Some fans have set up a Twitter account for it with the appropriately dire warning ‘People of Earth. You found […]

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