Twitter Tuesdays | 10 Really Amazing and Extraordinary Uses Of Twitter
By on February 23rd, 2010

We all use Twitter for status updates, sending messages or, if we go really far, sharing media. These are the only uses we could think of when we came to know about Twitter. However, there are people who saw much more potential in the 140 character technology. Here are some really amazing and out of the box things they came up with:

1. Tweet Museum:

Odessa Begay is a graphic designer who thought tweets are too texty. So every Tuesday this designer turns a celebrity tweet into an awe-inspiring illustration. The collection is called the Museum of Modern Tweets.

Tweet Museum

2. Twitter Powered Pop Corn Machine:

You read it right! When somebody mentions #popcorn on Twitter, this machine serves up a fresh batch of popped corn. The process includes tweet triggering the movement of a belt and transferring a kernel of unpopped corn into the popper. The video below explains exactly how it works.


3. Twitter Powered Laundry Room:

If the popcorn machine isn’t good enough for you, meet the laundry room that tweets every time a washer or dryer gets empty. The room is locates in a dormitory building at Olin College.

4. Plants That Tweet When They Need Water:

Botanicalls explains how you can connect your plants to your Twitter and send you a message when they go down on water. You can create the kit by following the instructions here or buy an already assembled one here. The plants even send out a thank you tweet once you have watered them.

5. Grafitter:

Grafitter parses your tweets to analyze information about your mood, habits and patterns. You can then explore interesting trends in your data through fun visualizations.

6. Coffee Machine:

Just when the machine is running out of coffee, it tweets. This is accomplished by an attached webcam that sends display screen images to a database, which interprets them into text messages and tweet them.

Blankomat, The Coffee Machine That Tweets from Plugg Conference on Vimeo.

7. TwitterVision:

TwitterVision takes you around he world by giving you a real-time geographic visualization of posts on Twitter.

8. Tweet Your Heart Rate:

Akiduki Pulse Box is a small device that automatically posts your heart rate to Twitter so your followers now you’re still alive.


9. Twitter Chiropractic Machine:

If you are a Chiropractic you’ll love this one. This script scans Twitter for people mentioning neck pain, back pain or any other aches, and automatically contacts them with an offer to come to your clinic.

10. Automate Your Entire Home With Twitter:

If you hate getting up to switch off the lights, just tweet to them. A simple hack using this software can let you control lights and other electrical appliances of your home.

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Author: Tehseen Baweja
Tehseen likes to write about Internet tools that make life easier. Check out his blog at Ijaar.com for more good stuff or follow him on Twitter @tehseenbaweja

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  • http://www.jumpness.com bounce house

    Ok now those are some cool ways to use Twitter. I don't use it anymore for the "normal" way, but I would for some of the above. Very creative!

  • http://tmileads.wordpress.com/ TMI Leads

    it's amazing what you can do with Twitter beyond just social networking.

  • http://www.netage.co.za Net Age | Web Design

    Well I never really got twitter, but some of these applications I do get. Thank you for sharing these with us. There are some classic examples here, and just goes to show how versatile the human mind is. Different people coming up with different solutions to their different challenges, using the same core technology. It really boggles the mind, the cleverness of the human monkey!

  • http://www.rlambda.com Hasan

    Nice Post… good one… keep up

  • http://marketingwithcheryl.com Cheryl Jones

    Hi,

    I really liked that post. The one about the Chiropractors was great. Now, is there a way to do the same thing in other fields? I have a niche market and I would like a tweet sent to people when they talk about certain keywords.

    Thanks for any input on this.

    Cheryl

  • Tehseen

    Cheryl,

    You can use TwitHawk to do that.

  • http://softwarebuzzer.com sureshpeters

    ohmy god…seriously..tweeter lovers ….gr8 stuff man..:)

  • http://bthegeek.blogspot.com/ Abhinav

    i think use no 3,4 and 6 are brilliant and practical in day-to-day life. More uses should be thought of , and life would be much more simpler

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    Thanks for the post! It’s amazing what you can do with Twitter.

  • http://www.juicecleansemagic.com Juice Cleanse

    Now these are some really unique ways to use Twitter. Never would have thought!

  • http://techx64.com Tushar Agarwal

    The twittering coffee machine looks expensive :)

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    I really liked that post. The one about the Chiropractors was great.

 
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