Twitter: Absurd theatre with 140-character limit

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Websites on Saturday 25 May 2013

Buzzfeed recently ran a piece about Weird Twitter, or “intentionally wrong style of idiotic comedy” by “a loose group of Twitter users who write in a less accessible form, using sloppy punctuation/spelling/capitalization, poetic experimentation with sentence format, first-person throwaway characters, and other techniques little known to the vast majority of ‘serious’ Twitter users”. In other […]

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Geography of Twitter: Mapping out a month of tweets

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Saturday 11 May 2013

Thanks to a paper that gleaned geolocation data from 1,535,929,521 tweets from 71,273,997 unique users in Oct 23-Nov 30 last year, some fabulous maps showing a month in the life of Twitter were generated. The world of Twitter, as you can see, is beautiful.

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Twaggies: Tweets in pictures

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By Sara Halas in New Art on Saturday 11 May 2013

Twaggies is a website that takes funny tweets from Twitter, and creates quirky visual interpretations from them. It was launched back in 2009 by editor and web producer David Israel. More than two dozen artists and illustrators have since teamed up to make the site what it is today.

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Heart-wrenching middle class problems voiced via Twitter

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By Annie Churdar in Cool Websites on Friday 10 May 2013

Life is really hard. And it’s a whole lot harder when Starbucks runs out of Pumpkin Spice mix and you have to settle for a Salted Caramel Mocha. And then you get a splinter from your avocado. And to top it all off, you have to turn the brightness down on your iPad because it’s […]

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Shirtless man: the world’s trashiest super hero

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By Annie Churdar in New Trends on Tuesday 16 April 2013

The guy just never stops. ‘Shirtless Man Drinks 24 Beers And Half Bottle Of Rum At Wake, Attacks Two Men, Smashes Own Head Into Cop Car Window’. The exploits of the world’s trashiest super hero can be found via live feed on Twitter. It’s an endless supply of painfully hilarious adventures and mishaps. Follow him […]

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Follow the Self Righteous Band on Twitter: they always play third on the bill

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Friday 12 April 2013

Do you play in a modest band for next to nothing at your local pub for the ‘exposure’? Are you waiting for your lucky break? Does the thought of millions of people around the world actually listening to all that One Direction trash keep you up at night? Come over to Twitter now and follow […]

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This is what our grandparents think of when they hear about Twitter

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By Lost At E Minor in New Photography on Thursday 28 February 2013

Imagine what Twitter might have looked like some 30 years ago. Imagine what our grandparents think of when they hear about Twitter. Gaston Lisak puts those thoughts in this context: ‘my grandma, like all the grandma’s in the neighborhood, used to own a bird as a pet. However, nowadays the bird cage is open and […]

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Astronaut Tweets stunning pictures of Earth from space

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By Rebekah Rhoden in New Photography on Thursday 21 February 2013

Colonel Chris Hadfield is a Canadian astronaut who uses social media in a very unique way. Living aboard the ISS, Colonel Hadfield photographs images of the Earth from space and tweets them every day from thousands of miles above our little blue planet. You can follow his photographic space adventures on his Tumblr and Facebook […]

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Meet Florida Man, the world’s worst superhero

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Friday 15 February 2013

If you haven’t been brushing up on news about Florida lately, try following Florida Man, a brilliant Twitter feed that tracks the none-too-subtle antics of, well, said Florida Man as he makes news headlines like ‘Florida Man Arrested While Sunbathing Naked And Holding Rubber Penis’ and ‘Florida Man Shoots And Kills Roommate Over Pork Chop‘. […]

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The Evolution of Toilet Use

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Tuesday 18 December 2012

How far we’ve come as a human race. From inventing toilet paper in AD600 to having indoor plumbing in 1860, nothing could have prepared us next milestone of toilet habits: Twitter — as this photo that accompanied a Slate article said it all.

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Worse Than Crocs Twitter feed

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Websites on Thursday 13 December 2012

People who won’t let their feet be caught dead in these foamy, resiny Crocs, there are worse things than death. Or Crocs, for that matter. Yes, the world can be ugly. Here, take a look at these tweets. Then take these Crocs. Deal with it.

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TweetSinger: Turning tweets to song

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By Lucas Jatoba in Cool Websites, New Illustration on Friday 7 December 2012

TweetSinger turns people’s tweets into songs. Much better than your neighbour singing badly on Sunday mornings.

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ermahgerdBot knows when you go ‘ermahgerd’

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Websites on Thursday 29 November 2012

Just when you think ‘omg’ has knocked all exclamational intent to its simplest form, along comes ‘ermahgerd’, which makes ‘omg’ sound even more juvenile. And now We’ve just discovered the existence of the ermahgerdBot, a Twitter bot that basically retweets anyone who goes ‘ermahgerd’ in their tweets. Created by two sisters from Cebu, Philippines, it’s […]

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Love Will Conquer: love/hate Tweet maps

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By Lucas Jatoba in Cool Websites on Friday 23 November 2012

There’s still hope for humanity. Love Will Conquer is a website that maps Tweets with the world LOVE or HATE in real time onto a beautiful 3D tree. Interested in knowing people’s feeling in Brazil or Italy? Pick your favorite country and watch the tree growing. It’s good to see that love always conquers.

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Beautifully clever tweets from Tilda Swinton

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By Christopher Stribley in Cool Websites on Friday 23 November 2012

Tilda Swinton. That’s really all I need to say and your head fills with images, right? She’s a force to be reckoned with, a true chameleon, and she is perfect in whatever form she adopts. She’s always unmistakably … Tilda. The Tweets in this account capture her preternatural essence beautifully, cleverly, and at times hilariously. […]

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