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21 Twittering Objects, Appliances and Animals! Ridiculous or Useful?

TwitterBirdsWhen Facebook first introduced status updates, it was interesting reading the continuous updates of people in my friends list. Different people used it in different ways; most used it to inform others about their current status, but some took it too far and were – ridiculously – reporting nearly every single action they do. Then Twitter appeared with the question “What are you doing?”, and took the obsession of status updates to a whole new level. Today, not only people report what they do, but also objects, appliances and even animals do as well!

We looked around the Web for non-human twitterers beside the commonly known news (and spam) bots and brought you the following list – some ridiculous and some useful:

1. Tweeting Plant:

You don’t have to worry – anymore – about knowing when your plant is thirsty and in need of water, it will tell you by itself! @Pothos is a tweeting plant that sends status updates to Twitter and defines a new way of communication between plants and human beings!

@pothos - The tweeting plant

@pothos - The tweeting plant

2. Tweeting Toilet:

Yes! Your toilet can post to Twitter every flush – that is if you want the world to know about it -!  Follow @hacklabtoilet for this guy’s toilet updates!

The tweeting toilet!

The tweeting toilet!

Username: @xadultfinder – Action: Unfollow! More Twitter Tips…

Apart for the Twitter avatar and background, what would influence your choice of people to follow on Twitter? How many Twitter users have you unfollowed due to their user names? What is the best method for companies to benefit from Twitter user names?

So what’s all the fuss about?

“No one cares anyway”… Right? Wrong! Take a look at the following comments:

@Kurd said “I have blocked people before based solely on their avatar or name, if it was offensive enough. Or if I’m following someone with, say, a puppy avatar with the user name “ILoveLife” but at some point they’ve changed their avatar and name to a spread-eagle model named “SexFrosting.”

Lois Arnando added, “Rather than background, I’m more concerned with the user name.”

I’m sure many of you out there would agree to what these two gentlemen had to say, and I’m 100% percent certain that you’ll have one story or another about bad or annoying experiences with at least one of your followers’ user names!

First Impression Matters :)

First Impression Matters...

Yahoo! Maktoob: Ready to Deal With Freedom of Speech and Piracy Issues?

After almost 2 years of rumors about this deal, Yahoo! made a big move last week when it purchased the Arabic portal Maktoob for an estimated $85 million. This is certainly one of the biggest moves in the Middle East tech field. What bumps to expect along the road?

Social Media & Medical Diagnosis: Could Your Online Doctor Kill You?

Is social media slowly replacing the traditional form of curing illnesses by doctor visits followed by diagnosis and medical prescriptions? Can social media really kill you through misdiagnosis? Should we really trust online doctors who give out free drug prescriptions?

When will Facebook realize that it won’t ever be “Twitter”?

When will Facebook realize that it won’t ever be “Twitter”?

Facebook Lite... a Twitter look-alike?

Facebook is adding more and more Twitter functionalities each day. Why? Does Twitter pose a threat to Facebook or the other way around? Can they coexist? and does Facebook's Twitter added features help the platform or hurt it?

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What Does Your Twitter Avatar & Background Say About YOU?

What Does Your Twitter Avatar & Background Say About YOU?

An example of Avatar Relevancy

Do you think your Twitter avatar and background have an impact on how your current and potential followers view you? Can using an "inappropriate" avatar or background actually be a reason to lower the number Twitter users interested in following you or even attract the "wrong" type of followers?

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Anonymous Atheists, Christian Evangelists & Mosques in Second Life… Spam?

Anonymous Atheists, Christian Evangelists & Mosques in Second Life… Spam?

Reddit Atheism Category

Religious freedom has a total different taste when you experience it in a virtual world; it turns into something more akin to the taste of spam. How would you feel about it if someone tried to convert you online? So what effect do you see social media having on religions?

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Dell vs. Toshiba – Death Match via Youtube, Facebook & Twitter…

Dell vs. Toshiba – Death Match via Youtube, Facebook & Twitter…

From Dell's Fan Page

Is social media turning into one of the main reasons for purchasing trendy, fashionable and tech products these days? Could a brand's wrong utilization of social media affect its image negatively? Is it fair to solely depend on web marketing and social media channels in order to decide whether to purchase a certain brand or its competitor?

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What are you working on? Top 5 Enterprise 2.0 Platforms Reviewed

What are you working on? Top 5 Enterprise 2.0 Platforms Reviewed

Social Cast's "What's on your mind?"

Thoughtpick's cover up of the offerings of the top 5 most popular Enterprise 2.0 social platforms: Yammer, CentralDesktop, SocialCast, SocialText and Rypple.

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A Glimpse at Web 3.0: 13 Semantic Web Applications Reviewed

A Glimpse at Web 3.0: 13 Semantic Web Applications Reviewed

Google Squared

Want to take a peek into the future of the Web? Check our this mini-review list of semantic web services that any internet user can benefit from...

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