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Translate tweets to Klingon

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on December 7th, 2009

Translate tweets to KlingonHey you. Hardcore Trekkies. Get your face out of that cheetos bag, put down that green Orion babe love doll and listen up. Here’s your chance to use the Klingon language. Again.

You can now tweet in Klingon using this Twitter application. Please use this and right away. That way the rest of us can spot you easily and stay the hell away. That is all. Now you may go back to your fan fiction where data and Picard share a sweaty forbidden love, while Worf watches with a breaking heart.

Twoddler lets your toddler twitter

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on December 6th, 2009

Twoddler lets your toddler twitterYou might recognize this Fisher-Price toy from your own childhood. This one has been hacked by some eggheads at Belgium’s Hasselt University and dubbed the Twoddler. The hacked Fisher-Price activity board has buttons linked to predefined Twitter messages.

The idea is that parents who used the Kickbee can continue their obsession and do stuff like put photos of themselves on the buttons, so that the kid can hit the Twoddler and tweet stuff like “@mommy I miss you.”

Twitter Japan to offer micro payments

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2009

Twitter Japan to offer micro paymentsThe Japanese version of Twitter operates slightly differently from the other Twitter sites around the world and it’s about to get even more different as it is said to be introducing a tiered payment model that will charge audiences to view tweets from premium Twitter accounts.

So if you are famous or semi-famous, you can now make some extra money using the site. We are talking about allowing account holders to charge audiences for access to their tweets. Users who want to pay for full access to a premium accounts’ tweets can pay a monthly subscription fee or have their mobile network include it in their monthly bill, or even buy a pre-paid card at convenience stores.

TwitterPeek: For Twitter only

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on November 3rd, 2009

TwitterPeek: For Twitter onlyIf you love Twitter and don’t own a mobile phone, you may want to check out TwitterPeak, the first device dedicated solely to Twitter and only Twitter. TwitterPeek lets you use Twitter like you would on your smartphone.

It will work anywhere in the US and connects to a nationwide cellular network. The device also features a full QWERTY keyboard, a color screen and a click scroll wheel. The TwitterPeak is available now for just $99, which gives you six months of coverage, or $199 which will give you a lifetime subscription to the service.

Maxitweet breaks 140 character Twitter limit

Posted in twitter by Shane McGlaun on August 17th, 2009

maxitweet-sbOne of the big things that bothers many people about using Twitter is the 140-character limit for posts on the service. It can be very hard to say all you want to say in a single tweet thanks to the character limit.

A new service called Maxitweet has devised a way to allow Twitter users to get more characters within the 140-character limit. The company has discovered that using Unicode characters to represent one or more letters the limit can be pushed.

Tweetster Twitter display

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on July 27th, 2009

Tweetster Twitter displayWe’ve seen Twitter displays, but David Nichols’ Tweetster seems like a step above the rest with it’s laser-cut wooden parts and open design. The OpenWRT project and an ASUS Wireless Router WL-520-GU provide the functionality. The WiFi router uses OpenWRT to run Python from a USB flash drive in back. The setup automatically retrieves the latest 20 messages from his followers, displaying them on the serial LCD.

The downside of course, is that you can’t follow links to articles, see TwitPic images or even reply. But if you are only following a few select people, this could be a cool desk toy.

Twitter device tweets your heartbeat to your followers

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on June 28th, 2009

Twitter device tweets your heartbeatIf you’ve done the whole tweeting every time your unborn child kicks, perhaps it’s time for something a bit creepier. This device will give your Twitter followers a live feed of your heartbeat, including “pre-recorded” messages to announce your death should you shuffle off this mortal coil.

This DIY project is open source and will send the news of your heart directly to the internet. That way should you stop supporting the Iranian revolution, we will all know why. It was probably one too many cheetos and the terrible let-down of a Transformers movie that was too much for your soul to take.

Celery lets you tweet from a fax machine

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on May 5th, 2009

Celery lets you tweet from a fax machineWe’re not surprised if you’ve never heard of the Celery fax-to-email service for the elderly. You’re hearing about them now, since the company’s rolling out Twitter and Facebook integration. The long and Short of it? It will help your grandmother tweet from her fax-machine.

Built around a Lexmark fax machine(Or your own) the Celery service allows you to send and receive emails, tweets, and Facebook status messages just by writing messages and faxing them out. Incoming messages can be printed out individually or in volume.

Tweet at work with SpreadTweet

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on April 21st, 2009

Tweet at work with SpreadTweetYou want to get on twitter and pass the time away while at work, but as usual, “the man” has a problem with that. Here’s how you stick it to “the man”. SpreadTweet is a twitter client that looks like a spreadsheet to casual passers-by.

If you look closer, you will find the usual Twitter stuff, but your boss won’t know anything is up, unless they read the ‘Brick. Just type your reply in the top text editbox to tweet back. Don’t let something like work stop you from tweeting.

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Twitter brain interface

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on April 21st, 2009

Twitter brain interfaceDo your fingers get tired from excessive tweets? Well, there’s help on the way. Just use brain power to send messages via Twitter without lifting a finger. You can thank Adam Wilson, who has come up with a brain interface that allows you to post Twitter messages with no hands. Though you will have to wear the dorky electrode cap.

The display shows individual letters and when the user focuses on a letter, it will type it. It’s slower than using a keyboard, but soon it should get faster. Who wants to use their fingers anyway? That’s so last century.

Get arrested in Texas, your mugshot will be on Twitter

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on April 20th, 2009

Get arrested in Texas, your mugshot will be on TwitterThey used to say that when you get arrested, don’t go singing like a bird and giving up all of your buddies. Well, times have sure changed. Now it’s the man who sings like a bird and rats you out to everyone. If you get arrested in Denton, Texas, your mugshot will be blasted all over Twitter with your age and crime.

But this isn’t some innovation from the Texas penal system to humiliate lawbreakers, just a clever art student’s comment on how much information is floating around out there. Sometimes the power of Twitter can be downright scary.

Flatulance-twittering chair

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on April 14th, 2009

Flatulance-twittering chairRandy Sarafan must be the kind of guy who gets people to pull his finger. You see, Randy has gas. Apparently so much that he modified his office chair with a sensor and hooked it up to his computer. The end result is this: Every time Randy farts, the chair sends out a tweet on Twitter.

So I can only surmise that following Randy on twitter is kinda like being there, but with no foul smells. Judging by the number of tweets he produces, I think he should seek medical help. We aren’t sure how to tell just by reading his tweets whether they are real earth-movers or just SBD’s.(Silent But Deadly)

Reboundfinder twitter tool finds the recently dumped

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on March 4th, 2009

Reboundfinder twitter tool finds the recently dumpedA new Twitter tool gives followers a list of people who have recently split up with their partners. Yeah, kinda scary. Like those dudes who go to funerals trying to pick up hot widows. Okay, maybe not that bad, but still.

Box UK has created reboundfinder to search for specific tweets from people who post that they have either dumped their significant others, or been dumped by them, and then to RT, or retweet, their posts via its feed. Creator Dan Zambonini says that he was just showing how a simple filter can be used to startling effect in Twitter’s open format.