The ability to follow links down and around and through an idea, landing hours later on some random Wikipedia page about fungi you cannot recall how you discovered, is one of the great modes of the web. It is, I’ll go so far to propose, one of the great modes of human thinking.
I always loved Matt’s light cone project—it was a big influence on the Radio Free Earth hack that I made with Chloe. Now it has been reborn as a Twitter bot. Here’s Matt’s documentation for his future self:
I haven’t made a habit of project write-ups before, but I’m taking an increasingly “long now” approach to the tech I make and use. How will I remember what I made in a decade? By reading this post.
There’s something about this that I really like: a message transmitted via a modern communications medium converted into the oldest form of writing.
I’d like to do this for all Clearleft web projects.
How important is mobile for @nytimes? We’re blocking access to our home page on desktop in our building.
Primer, but Twitter.
A look back at how Twitter evolved over time, with examples of seemingly-trivial changes altering the nature of the discourse.
Kevin finishes with a timely warning for those of us building alternatives:
A nice simple little service from Andy Baio that extracts links from Twitter and orders them by freshness and popularity.
She can only offer you unconditional algo-love.
Perhaps that’s the purest love of all.
A fascinating bit of linguistic spelunking from Craig Hockenberry, in which he tracks down the earliest usage of “tweet” as a verb relating to Twitter.
Basically, it’s all Blaine’s fault.
Chloe is going all in on the Indie Web. Here, she outlines how she’s posting to Twitter from her own site with a POSSE system (Post to Own Site, Syndicate Elsewhere).
I would love to have a ticker-tape machine for my tweets.
Stuart nails it: the real problem with delegating identity is not what some new app will do with your identity details, it’s what the identity provider—Twitter, Google, Facebook—will do with the knowledge that you’re now using some new app.
This is why I want to use my own website as my identity provider.
There’s something quite lovely about this: pairs of tweets that are anagrams of one another.
A superb piece by Marco Arment prompted by the closing of Google Reader. He nails the power of RSS:
RSS represents the antithesis of this new world: it’s completely open, decentralized, and owned by nobody, just like the web itself. It allows anyone, large or small, to build something new and disrupt anyone else they’d like because nobody has to fly six salespeople out first to work out a partnership with anyone else’s salespeople.
And he’s absolutely on the money when he describes what changed:
RSS, semantic markup, microformats, and open APIs all enable interoperability, but the big players don’t want that — they want to lock you in, shut out competitors, and make a service so proprietary that even if you could get your data out, it would be either useless (no alternatives to import into) or cripplingly lonely (empty social networks).
I share his anger.
Well, fuck them, and fuck that.
Oh, no! How horrid! Now Twitter won’t control the “user experience” of that widget!
Instead, the person who actually posted the tweets in the first place gets to decide how they should be displayed. Crazy idea, isn’t it?
I need to get Matt to an Indie Web Camp.
A cute little read-only Twitter client from James that only displays fully-formed tweets: no hashtags, no @-replies.
In case you missed it earlier…
Just like in the Borges short story, you can now see everything at once …from Project Gutenberg, or from Twitter, or from both.
This may be the only legitimate use case for (truly) infinite scrolling.
The truth …it burns!
Lauren talks about The Shining Girls and the tools she uses to write with.
A really nice explanation by Todd Kloots of Twitter’s use of progressive enhancement with Ajax and the HTML5 History API. There’s even a shout for Hijax in there.
Let’s be polite. Especially when starting relationships.
A great in-depth explanation by Aarron on why Mailchimp dropped their Facebook and Twitter log-in options. Partly it was the NASCAR problem, but the data (provided by user testing with Silverback) also brought up some interesting issues.
Lance Arthur uses a tweet from Paul Ford as a starting point for a text adventure.
Remember when I linked to the story of Twitter’s recent redesign of their mobile site and I said it would be great to see it progressively enhanced up to the desktop version? Well, here’s a case study that does just that.
Strangers on a train.
A great behind-the-scenes look at the redesign (and redevelopment) of Twitter’s mobile subdomain silo. Man, I would love to see this progressively enhanced up to the current widescreen view for “desktop” browsers without the need for separate URLs for any class of device.
But I digress …this is good stuff.
Kellan explains the tech behind Old Tweets …and also the thinking behind it:
I think our history is what makes us human, and the push to ephemerality and disposability “as a feature” is misguided. And a key piece of our personal histories is becoming “the story we want to remember”, aka what we’ve shared.
A public service from Kellan: the ability to search through your oldest tweets.
It’s worth remembering sometimes just how amazing Twitter can be.
People who don’t know us wanted to send their friendship to a 15 year old learning-disabled girl who was sad. For no reason other than their own humanity. This is a beautiful thing.
A fun bit of Markov chaining of your tweets. Some of mine:
Had a burrito in Barcelona. Thank you get the peacocks plumage.
Stand by to the most helpful. The Fuck Was That type shop and David Byrne walked into a Wikipedia entry?
Last Waltz again. This Is A demonstration of The office doors are they talk right now. Cool your plans.
Picking salad leaves from the people who own them. They’re just resting” at the communal testing lab is!
Heading out the standard option. Alas, there’s no signs of spending Bloomsday as constructive feedback?
Looks like the scourge of hashbangs is finally being cleansed from Twitter.
Algorithmically-generated combinations of tweets in iambic pentameter. Some of the results are really quite lovely. I’m imagining a poetry reading of this stuff in a hip café …it would be fun.
This serendipitous chronometer shows tweets that are mentioning the current time.
A hackweek project from Twitter employees to create the best/worst recruitment video of all time.
A cute little internet-enabled sweet dispenser, powered by your retweets.
I love this little story of small pieces of the internet loosely joining together: NPR, Twitter, Downcast and Huffduffer.
A nicely-designed project to highlight everyday life in a three-week period in England in 1943 by imagining how four people would have used Twitter.
Bootstrap is Twitter’s CSS and markup style guide—very similar to the pattern portfolios that we often provide as deliverables at Clearleft.
Portraits of people that tweet, what they tweet, where they tweet.
The dominance of the desktop browser is over – the web has become wider. After so long painting in a tiny corner of the canvas, it’s time to broaden our approach.
It’s understandable that the community is somewhat nervous about the changes ahead. So far, we’ve mostly responded by scratching around for device-specific tips, but this isn’t sustainable or scalable. We should transcend “platformism” and instead learn to design for diverse contexts, displays, connectivity, and inputs by breaking devices down into first principles. Instead of the defective dichotomy of the “desktop” and “mobile” web, designers should aim to create great user experiences using the truly fluid nature of the web.
A superb post by Dan on the bigger picture of what’s wrong with hashbang URLs. Well written and well reasoned.
Ben documents the improvements in Twitter’s OAuth flow. Maybe this will help to stop people blindly giving permission to dodgy third-party sites to update their Twitter stream.
Aw, this is quite sweet: a tweet of mine, put to music.
A very pretty visualisation of tweets on a map using canvas.
Oh, dear. It seems that some people have not been notified.
Tim Bray calmly explains why hash-bang URLs are a very bad idea.
This is what we call “tight coupling” and I thought that anyone with a Computer Science degree ought to have been taught to avoid it.
So why use a hash-bang if it’s an artificial URL, and a URL that needs to be reformatted before it points to a proper URL that actually returns content?
Out of all the reasons, the strongest one is “Because it’s cool”. I said strongest not strong.
A thoughtful piece on how Twitter can complement blogging, but is far too often used as an impermanent substitute.
…if you didn’t blog it, it didn’t happen. In fact, I first wrote about this idea a bit on Twitter a few years ago. See if you can find it.
Matt encapsulates a lot of what I've been thinking about recently: the real-time web is all well and good, but let's not forsake the enormous potential for fulfilment in archives.
Send a tweet and get it knitted into a scarf that will then be given to someone who really needs it this Christmas.
It's down for me right now, but this API from Qwerly looks like a great addition to complement Google's Social Graph API — it finds rel="me" links from a Twitter username.
A well-argued piece by Malcolm Gladwell on the relative pros and cons of weak-tie networks and strong-tie hierarchies ...although, as always, Gladwell relies on anecdotes more than data to make his point.
Maureen's book is out and about. Get over 1000 bite-sized recipes.
A cute little mashup: find out what you were listening to according to Last.fm when you were posting to Twitter.
A cute hardware hack: send a tweet with the word TwitweeClock, the hashtag #TwitweeClock, or the username @TwitweeClock, and this cuckoo clock will, well, cuckoo.
Margaret Atwood is all kinds of wonderful.
Don't be too proud of this technological terror you have created.
A quick way of leaving Facebook, Twitter, Linked In and MySpace. It uses the password anti-pattern but after using this, I guess you won't be needing that password again.
Organise tea-making duties in the office with Twitter lists. This could be very handy...
A vivid first-person description of danah boyd's talk at the Web 2.0 Expo. I have to say, I'm not entirely surprised that she had a such a humiliating experience at such a douchebaggy conference.
A very handy way of searching a Twitter user's timeline, courtesy of Remy.
An interesting take on the business models of social networking sites.
A very pretty little Twitter canvas experiment accompanied by music delivered via the audio element. View this in a capable browser.
Yet another journalist writing about Twitter. But Bobbie knows whereof he speaks. This is a good one.
Humanist text replacement.
Steven Johnson waxes lyrical on Twitter.
And this, boys and girls, is why the password anti-pattern is bad, m'kay?
Douglas is featured in The New York Times (and look: there's Dustin behind him).
A visualisation of Twitter messages designed for display in public spaces. From the mad genius that is Cameron Adams.
Hilarious interview with Ev and Biz from Twitter.
Dave Gorman understands Twitter. Many do not.
Allow your Twitter location to be automatically updated from FireEagle. The process of connecting you, FireEagle, and Twitter is beautiful: 1 x OpenID + 2 x OAuth.
danah boyd addresses the Microsoft Research Tech Fest.
Kevin does an excellent job of Fisking that ludicrous anti-Twitter article in The Times.
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Social networking Terms Of Service compared and contrasted.
Archive your Twitter updates with this PHP script.
This is wonderful: a line-a-day diary from the 1930s turned into a Twitter account. It's like a microblogging version of Pepys's journal via RSS.
Dom Sagolla tells the story of Twitter.
A little Twitter app from Christian ...that doesn't ask for your password.
Twitter through the ages.
Wait till I come! Â» Blog Archive Â» Detecting and displaying the information of a logged-in twitter user
Clever or creepy? You decide.
This site needs some promotion. Maybe on Twitter.
Twitter's promotion of the password anti-pattern bites them on the ass.
London becomes Everyware.
An interview with Veronica McGregor, the human being behind the wonderful MarsPhoenix Twitter account.
Kvetch is back, reborn as a Twitter barnacle app. Let it out, baby.
Cursebird is a realtime feed of people swearing on Twitter. Fuck, yeah!
The last project from Simon and Nat is essentially a way of viewing groups (slices of activity) on Twitter ...and it exposes a security flaw in the JSON-P API too.
Ariel has put together a list of 100 space-related Twitter accounts.
Taking innocent tweets and replacing the nouns with the word "penis".
Notes and slides from Tom Taylor's talk at Oxford Geek Night 7. It's a great collection of things that talk (or at least Twitter): Tower Bridge, asteroids, plants...
In the future, all great scientific discoveries will be conveyed in 140 characters.
The Mars Phoenix probe is twittering its journey to the red planet.
Realtime visualisation of feelings on Twitter. I can't help but think that present continuous emotions would have yielded better results; loving, hating, thinking...