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It isn’t difficult to get addicted to Twitter. After all, it hardly takes an effort to type in 140 characters. In those itsy-bitsy lines lies a great power, to either change the world with a tweet How To Use Twitter To Organize A Protest [Opinion] How To Use Twitter To Organize A Protest [Opinion] The placard is old-world. If you want to raise a hue and cry, there’s nothing better than social networking to voice your protests. Causes have found a new venue on Twitter and Facebook. The ‘Arab... Read More , or change your own world with a bit of Twitter-aided personal development How To Use Twitter To Search For Mentors In Your Area Of Interest How To Use Twitter To Search For Mentors In Your Area Of Interest In the real world, a mentor is a wise teacher who supports and guides someone, and helps them maximize their potential. In the online world, you would be very lucky to find someone who will... Read More . There are the obvious uses of Twitter 7 Reasons Why You Should Be Using Twitter 7 Reasons Why You Should Be Using Twitter Twitter has now been with us for seven years and counting. This was seven years to the day since Jack Dorsey sent out the first tweet in 2006, at a time when the micro-blogging social... Read More we keep harping on, but isn’t it always the uncommon and unnoticed uses of social media that piques our interest?

The list of creative uses of Twitter 4 Creative Uses For Twitter For People Who Think Twitter Is Useless 4 Creative Uses For Twitter For People Who Think Twitter Is Useless Read More is a mile-long. With half a billion users, you would expect a percentage of the tweeples to find fun things to do here. You can make your plants talk to you on Twitter or follow Lady Gaga, so there’s no excuse for getting bored. If you still can’t find them, this post will explore some more ways to have fun on Twitter, because reading James Joyce’s Ulysses on Twitter 140 characters at a time isn’t what I signed up for! 

Indulge Your Appetite

Yes, that’s a 140 character recipe. Twitter is a great medium for sharing quick recipes and there are many world-famous chefs sharing their lives inside the kitchens. Why famous, even food bloggers and homely culinary artist are giving Twitter a go with their creatively compressed trade secrets, like Maureen Evans, who is behind the streams on Cookbook. Also, check out  Mixologist and TinyRecipes (not updated in a while, but still a good collection). Twitter micro-recipes even have their own cooking vocabulary. When you are all full and fat, go to This Is Why You Are Fat and learn what else you can gorge on that’s ridiculously unhealthy.

Follow Your Favorite Superheroes (or their alter-egos)

Twitter & Fun There was a time when you would rush to your neighborhood comic book store and pick up the latest issue to know what’s happening in Gotham or Metropolis. No more, because superheroes too have taken to Twitter; or let’s say their alter-egos have. There are Twitter parody accounts 20+ Hilarious Twitter Parody Accounts 20+ Hilarious Twitter Parody Accounts Read More and even Bruce Wayne’s billions or Clark Kent’s super-vision can’t keep them away. Clark Kent / Superman is a chivalrous superhero. What if he wasn’t?

@JerkSuperman shows you the boorish side. He doesn’t shy away from throwing punches. Equal on the popularity stakes in the DC Comics universe, @TheBatman beats Superman hollow when it comes to Twitter followers. There are others parodied superheroes out there. Tell us your favorite ones in the comments.

Bring Your Favorite Historical Character to Life

Twitter & Fun You can answer the questions – What if Mark Twain had a Twitter account? Or Honest Abe? There are quite a few Twitter projects that are retelling history 140 characters at a time. I came across Alwyn Collinson while researching for amazing ways for teachers & tutors to use Twitter in education 10 Amazing Ways For Teachers & Tutors To Use Twitter In Education 10 Amazing Ways For Teachers & Tutors To Use Twitter In Education Twitter like all other social media is a virtual Aladdin’s cave. It is a gateway to riches. But just like in the story, this Aladdin’s cave is also booby-trapped. Use it right and you will... Read More . Check out his Twitter handle for a re-look at WWII history via tweets.

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If you want to know how to have fun with historical characters with the benefit of some hindsight, browse to Historical Tweets. These guys even had a book about it. The site isn’t being updated anymore, but it’s fun to browse for clues to historical “personalities” on Twitter.

Take Part in Twitter Scavenger Hunts

 

Twitter is uniquely positioned for online scavenger hunts. Scavenger hunts are usually promotional in nature for viral marketing, but they are simple to participate in. Usually, scavenger hunts are announced on Twitter with a specific #hashtag followed by clues in subsequent tweets. Participants use the clues to find real world (or even online) objects or any tasks specified for the hunt. In the end, you can prove your participation by clicking a photo (or a video). Also, keep an eye on scavenger hunts that are hosted on Facebook but promoted via Twitter and other social media. The tools for finding scavenger hunts to play and solve are the same – search engines. Searching on Twitter with #scavengerhunt is sure to net you some of the current ones that are on.

So, You Think You Can Speak English?

 

If you are a logophile, there are many ways you can use Twitter to improve your vocabulary A Word A Day In 140 Letters Or Less: Follow These Twitter Dictionaries To Be A Logophile A Word A Day In 140 Letters Or Less: Follow These Twitter Dictionaries To Be A Logophile You might think that 140 characters just doesn’t cut it when you have to pick a word apart, and get to its meaning and usage. But let’s leave some room for surprises because Twitter and... Read More . Wordnik is one of the more fun ways because it covers the meanings of words by wrapping them in sentences. Though there is a fully-fledged website behind Wordnik, the Twitter handle is the stream you would like to swim with. The idea behind the Twitter account is to give out a word-of-the-day and challenge the followers to explain the meaning in a clever sentence. The winners get it word perfect and you can enjoy the favorite entries on the Wordnik blog.

Find Your Rhythm in an Iambic Pentameter

Twitter & Fun

Word lovers can continue on and reach Pentametron. The website showcases a collection of verses written in iambic pentameter. If it’s all Greek so far, don’t worry…you are probably not a fan yet. Though, you might have already composed a few ditties with its principle of syllabic arrangement. Haikus, micro-poems, flash fiction Twiterature - The Art Of Literature On Twitter Twiterature - The Art Of Literature On Twitter You can find Twitter users sharing their poetry, short stories, and even the work of famous writers, all in little bite-sized 140-character updates. If you're not sure where to start on your literary journey on... Read More , and even literature are already on Twitter so why should this style of poetry get left behind? Just send in your tweet and make it rhyme with the last one to continue the chain. It’s fun.

ASCII Art with Twitter


You will have to follow in Mathew Haggett’s footsteps because he seems to be the one with the most followers when it comes to ASCII art on Twitter. His Twitter stream (@tw1tt3rart) is an online “gallery” of what you can do with 140 characters. All you would need is the character palette on your computer and dollops of creativity. If you seek more inspiration, land on the ASCII Artist website and see a well-compiled list of Twitter art links and Twitter text artists.

Conclusion

You might have played the usual games on Twitter, shared images, listened to songs and videos, stalked a celebrity or two, and maybe even impersonated someone else as a prank. But these seven ideas should suggest that you can still do a lot more. Maybe, I have exhausted the options, maybe I haven’t. It’s now your job to tell me what other cool things you can do on Twitter which are completely offbeat and essentially fun. Oh yes! We don’t have any 140 character limits for our comments, so bring out the best of your ideas.

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  1. Saikat B
    September 25, 2013 at 5:52 am

    Thanks Laura :)

  2. Laura
    September 24, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    Thanks for mentioning my ASCII Artist site. I found your post from the link. Good idea for a post. I enjoy finding new art forms to try out online, writing included. I have linked to your post with my Scoop.it account in Creative Web Publishing.

  3. Tom Eldredge
    July 29, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    I'd like to recommend another "historical figure" for the list. @AliMinus20 is the diary from 20 years ago of geek personality Alison Haislip (@alisonhaislip), complete with spelling mistakes and girly drama!

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