Tags: twitter

furbo.org · The Origin of Tweet

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 Weil — Hipster

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).

The Twittertape Machine

I would love to have a ticker-tape machine for my tweets.

Federated uncertainty

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.

ANAGRAMATRON

There’s something quite lovely about this: pairs of tweets that are anagrams of one another.

Lockdown – Marco.org

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.

How to get your tweets displaying on your website using JavaScript, without using new Twitter 1.1 API

A little piece of JavaScript to strip out the styling from Twitter widgets.

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?

Exquisite Tweets from @genmon, @kellan, @anildash

I need to get Matt to an Indie Web Camp.

Quietweet - A Simpler Twitter Reader

A cute little read-only Twitter client from James that only displays fully-formed tweets: no hashtags, no @-replies.

Did we miss your tweet from earlier?

In case you missed it earlier…

The Aleph: Infinite Wonder / Infinite Pity

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.

What your Twitter bio says about you by Robert Stringer

The truth …it burns!

Interview with Lauren Beukes about Shining Girls

Lauren talks about The Shining Girls and the tools she uses to write with.

Twitter Engineering: Implementing pushState for twitter.com

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.

Solita: This is rude

Let’s be polite. Especially when starting relationships.

Social Login Buttons Aren’t Worth It | MailChimp Email Marketing Blog

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.

Twitter conversation with ftrain

Lance Arthur uses a tweet from Paul Ford as a starting point for a text adventure.

Twitter without Hashbangs

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.

Janey Godley’s Blog: Tim & Freya the full story & Conclusion!

Strangers on a train.

Twitter Blog: Overhauling mobile.twitter.com from the ground up

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.

oldtweets - Laughing Meme

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.

oldtweets

A public service from Kellan: the ability to search through your oldest tweets.

blogging: Beautiful people

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.

That can be my next tweet

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?

Twitter Engineering: Improving performance on twitter.com

Well, well, well. It turns out that building your entire application, content’n’all, in JavaScript isn’t so good for performance.

Twitter / adactio: Good news.

Looks like the scourge of hashbangs is finally being cleansed from Twitter.

Pentametron: With algorithms subtle and discrete / I seek iambic writings to retweet.

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.

Chirp Clock

This serendipitous chronometer shows tweets that are mentioning the current time.

At Twitter, The Future is You! - YouTube

A hackweek project from Twitter employees to create the best/worst recruitment video of all time.

Molly - She turns your tweets into sweets.

A cute little internet-enabled sweet dispenser, powered by your retweets.

Why I love Twitter and the Internet | Kevin Ebaugh

I love this little story of small pieces of the internet loosely joining together: NPR, Twitter, Downcast and Huffduffer.

Follow the lives of four Londoners during World War 2 via Twitter – Network’43

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.

Twitter Bootstrap

Bootstrap is Twitter’s CSS and markup style guide—very similar to the pattern portfolios that we often provide as deliverables at Clearleft.

Tweeter Street

Portraits of people that tweet, what they tweet, where they tweet.

Designing the Wider Web

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.

danwebb.net - It’s About The Hashbangs

A superb post by Dan on the bigger picture of what’s wrong with hashbang URLs. Well written and well reasoned.

Developing the OAuth user experience at Twitter

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.

LA Re-Sweet: @adactio -

Aw, this is quite sweet: a tweet of mine, put to music.

a world of tweets

A very pretty visualisation of tweets on a map using canvas.

Who Is Arcade Fire??!!?

Oh, dear. It seems that some people have not been notified.

ongoing by Tim Bray · Broken Links

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.

isolani - Javascript: Breaking the Web with hash-bangs

Excellent, excellent analysis of how URLs based on fragment identifier (a la Twitter/Gawker/Lifehawker) expose an unstable tottering edifice that crumbles at the first JavaScript error.

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.

Exquisite Tweets from @candicecbailey, @TreborFlow, @HannahLisaGreen, @kellymortlock, @gpcrc, @Pheebie, @helenium, @jameswarfield, @katieraby, @gromitski, @melstrutt, @racheljanejones, @LucindaGos, @davidstripinis, @LionessOfficial, @garretkeogh, @allieke

When fashion photography goes bad.

If You Didn’t Blog It, It Didn’t Happen - Anil Dash

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.

Archive Fever: a love letter to the post real-time web | mattogle.com

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.

Twitter Knitter

Send a tweet and get it knitted into a scarf that will then be given to someone who really needs it this Christmas.

Qwerly: API Documentation

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.

Twitter, Facebook, and social activism : The New Yorker

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.

Eat Tweet | a twitter cookbook

Maureen's book is out and about. Get over 1000 bite-sized recipes.

What Was I Listening To? - Andy Smith

A cute little mashup: find out what you were listening to according to Last.fm when you were posting to Twitter.

haroon baig | projects | twitwee clock

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.

NYRblog - Atwood in the Twittersphere - The New York Review of Books

Margaret Atwood is all kinds of wonderful.

Techno-utopian fail - The National Newspaper

Don't be too proud of this technological terror you have created.

Web 2.0 Suicide Machine - Meet your Real Neighbours again! - Sign out forever!

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.

teafr - tea rotas from twitter lists

Organise tea-making duties in the office with Twitter lists. This could be very handy...

apophenia: spectacle at Web2.0 Expo... from my perspective

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.

Snap Bird - re-finding the ones that got away

A very handy way of searching a Twitter user's timeline, courtesy of Remy.

Social Networks Aren't Good Businesses - washingtonpost.com

An interesting take on the business models of social networking sites.

HTML5 Canvas and Audio Experiment

A very pretty little Twitter canvas experiment accompanied by music delivered via the audio element. View this in a capable browser.

The Observer profile: Twitter - The tweet that shook the world | Technology | The Observer

Yet another journalist writing about Twitter. But Bobbie knows whereof he speaks. This is a good one.

Oh My Science — replacing god with reason... one tweet at a time

Humanist text replacement.

How Twitter Will Change the Way We Live -- Printout -- TIME

Steven Johnson waxes lyrical on Twitter.

Twitter Status - Phishing scam

And this, boys and girls, is why the password anti-pattern is bad, m'kay?

Ping - Should Design Be Held Back by a Tyranny of Data? - NYTimes.com

Douglas is featured in The New York Times (and look: there's Dustin behind him).

Visible Tweets – Twitter Visualisations. Now with added prettiness!

A visualisation of Twitter messages designed for display in public spaces. From the mad genius that is Cameron Adams.

Op-Ed Columnist - To Tweet or Not to Tweet - NYTimes.com

Hilarious interview with Ev and Biz from Twitter.

Dave Gorman: When Twitter Gets Weird...

Dave Gorman understands Twitter. Many do not.

EagleTweet

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.

"Social Media is Here to Stay... Now What?"

danah boyd addresses the Microsoft Research Tech Fest.

Epeus' epigone: A load of Thunderer

Kevin does an excellent job of Fisking that ludicrous anti-Twitter article in The Times.

Amanda L. French, Ph.D. » Blog Archive » Facebook terms of service compared with MySpace, Flickr, Picasa, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Twitter

Social networking Terms Of Service compared and contrasted.

Adam Franco.com » Blog Archive » Twitter Export Script

Archive your Twitter updates with this PHP script.

A daily diary of Depression-era life, told on Twitter.: The Social Path

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.

140 Characters » How Twitter Was Born

Dom Sagolla tells the story of Twitter.

TweetEffect- When did you lose or gain twitter followers?

A little Twitter app from Christian ...that doesn't ask for your password.

Historical Tweets

Twitter through the ages.

Wait till I come! » Blog Archive » Detecting and displaying the information of a logged-in twitter user

Clever or creepy? You decide.

How to Use Twitter for Marketing and PR

This site needs some promotion. Maybe on Twitter.

Twitter Status - Don't Click That Link!

Twitter's promotion of the password anti-pattern bites them on the ass.

Twitter-enhanced Dérive « Magical Nihilism

London becomes Everyware.

Twitter AWESOMENESS!!!

View source.

Interview @MarsPhoenix - Universe

An interview with Veronica McGregor, the human being behind the wonderful MarsPhoenix Twitter account.

Kvetch! Let it out, baby.

Kvetch is back, reborn as a Twitter barnacle app. Let it out, baby.

Cursebird: What the f#@! is everyone swearing about?

Cursebird is a realtime feed of people swearing on Twitter. Fuck, yeah!

Tweetersation

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.

arielwaldman wiki / space

Ariel has put together a list of 100 space-related Twitter accounts.

Twitter is Penis

Taking innocent tweets and replacing the nouns with the word "penis".

Delighting with Data » tomtaylor.co.uk

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...

Twitter / MarsPhoenix: Are you ready to celebrate?...

In the future, all great scientific discoveries will be conveyed in 140 characters.

Twitter / MarsPhoenix

The Mars Phoenix probe is twittering its journey to the red planet.

twistori

Realtime visualisation of feelings on Twitter. I can't help but think that present continuous emotions would have yielded better results; loving, hating, thinking...

Headshift :: Twitter scepticism: justified or not?

Lee is a Twitter sceptic. Shun the unbeliever, shhuuuunnnnn!

How Egypt, U.S. got all a-Twitter over Cal student - Inside Bay Area

Twitter for great justice!

Twitter Friends Network Browser

Browse trough your twitter friends, and your friends' friends, and your friends' friends' friends...

Tweet Clouds

My Twitter folksonomy. I'm glad to see that present continuous verbs are the most used.

Design Idea » Twitter and the Crystal Goblet

Good design is invisible. Rebecca points out why Twitter is very good social design indeed.

Jeremy and Eric on the Acid 3 race - Slightly ajar - by David Storey

David has no sense of humour.

Jeremy Keith's twitter conversations - Quotably.com

Quotably offers a nice well-ordered interface onto Twitter conversations.

Twitter / SouthByScurvy

Quite a few people got sick after South by Southwest. There seems to be some kind of virus going around. Inevitably, the virus now has a Twitter account.

Plants that Twitter when they need to be watered | Geek Gestalt - A blog by Daniel Terdiman - CNET News.com

Check out this cool arduino project: input from the moisture level of a plant sends an SMS to Twitter so you know it needs to be watered.