A 24-year-old Oxford history graduate is doing something wonderful for all of you right now: narrating World War II on Twitter, in real time. It may not be as academic as a John Keegan book, but so far it's excellent.
The other day, while sitting in our car with the windows down, my wife and I had a heated argument. Bad words. Yelling. A fist or two slammed into our car's centre console. Though we both received nominations, we never reached consensus on which one of us was wrong, and the whole thing blew over by time we pulled into the service station.
Cash-strapped serious gossip portal WikiLeaks is about to come under renewed scrutiny from the US Justice Department, thanks to a court ruling forcing Twitter to hand over details of who accessed the site's account.
Twitter is perhaps not the ideal place to commemorate our brave war dead, but if you're stuck on a computer it's better than nothing. Unofficial account Poppy_Tweet is coordinating "hymns" -- and will tell you when it's silence time. [BBC]
The tightly bound sculptures of Korean artist Yeong-Deok Seo are equally impressive and depressing. Impressive in that such detail and texture can be coaxed from something as ordinary as a bicycle chain. Depressing in that these pieces all appear anguished and include titles like Infection – Ego and Addict. Yeah, good times in South Korea. [This Is Colossal]
Last night, Ashton Kutcher posted a dumb tweet about a football coach getting fired. He didn't have all the details, and later retracted his tweet. Now he's turning over his Twitter feed to a team of media experts to make sure he only makes an idiot of himself on purpose.
Firefox 8 is now officially available for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. The light new version incorporates native Twitter search along with several other tweaks—including a cold shoulder towards third-party add-ons.
A Wi-Fi network's range is limited by the transmission power, antenna type, and environmental obstacles (i.e. trees). So, if you're out in the boonies where the signal is spotty, you may be SOL. Unless, of course, there's a baking pan handy.
A Tungsten vest provides its wearer fantastic protection from radiation's damaging effects. Problem is — said vest also weighs about 60kg. So how does the Haz-Mat crew of tomorrow gird their loins in this radiation-resistant element? Exo-suits, obviously.
Twitter aims to show us just how powerful a tweet can be with the launch of a spin-off site called Twitter stories. Showcasing 'life changing' tweet, the most inspirational 140-character messages are highlighted and given a backstory.
To grab our attention, Firebox has been surprising bloggers with a poster (or #tweetportrait as they're calling it), made up of a bunch of their recent tweets. Step back a few paces, and your horrifically-gurning portrait is revealed. Take a look at the one they sent me (affixed above my messy hellhole cubicle).
There's some serious shit going down over in the US as part of the Occupy Oakland protests. Even though there were no official media on the scene, the police's tear gas avalanche was captured and distributed by citizen journalists who were among those being assailed, for the whole world to see.
David Cameron might soon have to start live-Tweeting X-Factor as well as joining LinkedIn, with a new government action plan suggesting it jumps into more forms of social media to "to facilitate a two-way dialogue with citizens."