Twitter has managed to build a robust online community (or to outsiders, a cult) at a breakneck pace. If not a profitable enterprise — or even necessarily a practical one — it has become an integral part of our cultural fabric. For example, just last night MTV’s Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi tweeted this startling confession: “Family guy and sleep ♥ goodnight tweedos”. See, without Twitter, the world would have never been privy to that. But aside from providing insights in Ms. Polizzi’s harrowing inner monologue, Twitter’s API allows for all manner of techno-canoodling where just about any physical entity can let us know what’s on its (non)mind. Here are some cool, non-human tweeters who take the medium far beyond snarky TV commentary and Foursquare check-ins. Warning: you may get very depressed upon finding that these soulless things have far more followers than you. I did. (Note: there are plenty of people who ghostwrite tweets for their pets or zoo cobras on the lam, but we’re only including animals and objects that tweet without the aide of human intervention.) A Park Bench Speaks @TweetingSeat, 624 followers Designer Chris McNicholl has created a tweetcentric project matter-of-factly titled “TweetingSeat”. It’s a simple design involving a regular (though clearly marked) park bench placed in Scotland’s Dundee Botanical Garden. The bench is linked-in with two remote cameras. Whenever a passer-by decides to have themselves a sit, the TweetingSeat automatically snaps a picture of the bench-sitter as well as the area around the bench before posting the… [Read full story]
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