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'Tweeting Tree' Brings Lonely, Depressing House Plant to Life

As Twitter has evolved from a quirky Web fad into an actually accepted and ingrained mode of communication, folks have been steadily creating ingenious new functions for the service. One of the more interesting, and humorous, directions for Twitter has been the movement toward unexpected and unlikely tweeters, like fetuses and inanimate objects. At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona,...

Single Tweet Clinches Job For One Lucky Applicant

Back in the days of yore, everything was just a bit harder. People had to do things like get up to change the channel, walk 10 miles to school (uphill both ways), and spend hours poring over resumes and cover letters before applying for a job. Nowadays, it seems like all you need to land your dream job is a Twitter account and a preternatural gift for 140-character prose. That is, if your...

Top 5 Late Night TV Tweeters (and 5 Who Should)

Perhaps it's due to the never-ending grind of churning out funny material on a daily basis, or the pressure from TV networks to keep things light, but there's a serious dearth of good tweeters from the legions of late night TV. Letterman and Conan apparently can't be bothered to Twitter, and Kimmel, Leno, Fallon, and Ferguson mainly use it to promote their show with staid, boring propaganda...

Wife of Twitter CEO Tweets During Child Birth

Sara Morishige Williams, the wife of Twitter CEO Evan Williams, twittered the birth of the couple's first child to over 14,000 followers. Sara's going the old school route by sending in tweets via text message. Here's a sample birth-tweet: "Dear Twitter, My water broke. It wasn't like Charlotte in Sex and the City. Now, timing contractions on an iPhone app." Starting this morning, Sara updated...

Are You What You Tweet? TweetPsych's Micro-Analysis

Engaging in discussion with anthropologists or linguists can be highly awkward. Those clinical types tend to scrutinize and evaluate every word, gesture, and facial expression, which can make conversation seem impersonal and uncomfortable. What else would you expect? These social scientists are attempting to decipher your unspoken messages and subconscious motivations. Well, now you can subject...

Oprah Tweets, and Twitter Grows...a Lot

Twitter's popularity has steadily climbed since its inception, and, as of last week, Oprah Winfrey may have finally pushed the micro-blogging site to its media saturation point. According to Hitwise, a media tracker, Twitter traffic skyrocketed 43-percent from the previous Friday's numbers after the Big O's inaugural tweet this past Friday. The Web trackers also contend that 37-percent of...

BakerTweet Alerts You to Fresh Pastries at Your Local Bakery

Usually when we cover the baked goods beat 'round here it's in the form of a gadget-themed confection, so anything that actually empowers our sweet tooth is not only brilliant, it's dangerous! That's why we were really excited (and a little scared) to come across BakerTweet, a Wi-Fi-enabled, Arduino-based prototype that one mounts on the wall of their bakery. Items are added or removed via Web...

Twitter Growing at 1,382% Rate, But Do We All Know How to Use It?

Twitter has officially exploded. Nielsen Online has calculated Twitter's growth over the past year at a super healthy 1,382%. February alone brought the social networking site 7 million unique visitors. January in comparison drew in 4.5 million visitors. Facebook still boasts the largest following with 65.7 million in its ranks, but with Twitter growing in popularity and tailor made for mobile...

Netbook-Based Robot Takes Popcorn Orders via Twitter

In the far-out, sci-fi future of 2009, robots are doing some pretty amazing things, like capturing prowlers, assembling communications networks, and playing Rock / Paper / Scissors. Now, with a little help from RoBe:Do and Twitter, robotics has achieved what may be its crowning achievement: couch-side popcorn delivery. Coppa is a $1,649 software-ready robot (you supply the machine's netbook...

Site Tracks 'That's What She Said' Jokes on Twitter

Michael Scott, everyone's favorite TV boss, has a new favorite Web site. In an immensely fulfilling move, Thatswh.at is following tweets from the popular social messaging site Twitter, and is cataloging every use of the phrase "that's what she said," or "twss." Admittedly "simple and childish," the creators don't attempt to beef up the posts with any additional text or commentary, preferring to...

Surgeons Now Sending 'Tweets' From Surgery

Yes, Twitter may be coming to a surgery near you, and, no, we aren't kidding. Surgeons have begun sending real-time "tweets" during surgery, effectively keeping fellow doctors, medical students and the general public up-to-date on the ebb and flow of complicated procedures. The latest case of surgery-turned- education/entertainment took place at Henry Ford Hospital in Michigan, where a tumor...

Continental Passenger Tweets About Plane Crash on Twitter

We've lately covered a number of interesting firsts on the Twitter site, including the first novel tweeted, the first NBA player to start posting, the first baby tweeting device, and the billionth tweet tweeted (a tweet, by the way, is the term for those little statements you send out to all your Twitter followers, which are generally just status updates about what you're doing at any given...