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These People Use Twitter In Ways You Can’t Imagine

Mihir Patkar 29-10-2013

Twitter can be a different thing to different people. It can be a place to vent your ire, a forum to discuss cool ideas, a network to make new friends, and much more. For some souls, though, it’s an avenue to let their creativity run wild 7 Fun Uses for Twitter You Haven't Figured Out Yet 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... Read More .


Where you and I might see a box for 140 characters, these people see a blank canvas that they can turn into anything they want. And that’s what they do. Who would have thought Twitter could be used like this?

Very Short Story | @VeryShortStory

Legend has it that when Ernest Hemingway was challenged to tell a story in six words, he came up with the gem: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” Sean Hill follows a similar challenge every day by trying to tell a self-contained story within the 140-character limit of Twitter. The stories are funny, melancholic, philosophical, and often invite you to let your imagination run wild with them. You can even tweet at Hill with nouns, and he tries to use the most inspiring ones in his stories. Indeed, 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 is alive and kicking.

Sockamillion | @Sockington

If you’ve been on Twitter for a while, chances are that you have come across Sockamillion’s tweets at some point, retweeted by someone you follow. Sockamillion is Jason Scott’s cat and has over 1.3 million followers. Scott basically has tapped into the Internet’s inherent love for our feline friends and made an account where he tweets things that he thinks his cat is thinking or saying. Follow for hilarity, although it’s not updated frequently now.

Evan Blass | @evleaks

Can a tech publication be run entirely from a Twitter account? Evan Blass thinks so. The journalist has an uncanny knack for getting images of smartphones and other gadgets before their official announcement, to the point where Nokia even tipped its hat to him at a recent event. Blass does not use a website to publish his leaks and only posts them on Twitter (and slowly starting on other networks), even turning the whole thing into a successful business.

WW2 Tweets From 1941 | @RealTimeWWII

Live-tweeting is a big part of breaking news today. But what would the Second World War have been like if Twitter existed back then? To find out — and for the most fun history lesson ever — follow @RealTimeWWII, which attempts to reenact the whole war through a series of tweets. The project, helmed by British historian and Oxford graduate Alwyn Collinson, started in August 2011. Collinson has said he will be tweeting for the full duration of the six years of the war.

Modern Seinfeld | @SeinfeldToday

One of the most popular sitcoms of all time, Seinfeld went off air almost a decade before Twitter. And while Jerry Seinfeld may be on Twitter, you have to wonder, what would the show have been like if it was on today. Well, follow Modern Seinfeld to find out as writers Jack Moore and Josh Gondelmanboth long-time fans of the show — try to come up with the kind of situations that made the show such a hit. If you aren’t a fan of Seinfeld, this one is lost on you, but how can anyone not be a Seinfeld fan?

Karen L. Nyberg | @AstroKarenN

For the most stunning images of the Earth, tune in to astronaut Karen L. Nyberg’s feed. Nyberg regularly tweets photographs of our little blue ball, up high from her temporary residence in the International Space Station. It was Commander Chris Hadfield who started this tradition, but now that he’s back on earth, Nyberg and her colleague Mike Hopkins have taken up the mantle. Hopkins isn’t as regular, but Nyberg will sometimes post multiple images in a day, and even shares cool zero-gravity videos once in a while.

Andy Gray | @SI_Vault

Andy Gray holds the key to Sports Illustrated’s vault, dating back all the way to 1954. That’s almost 60 years worth of photographs of the greatest athletes of the past few generations. And like any sports fan, Gray likes to share his treasure, proudly showing off some of the best images ever clicked of sports men and women, as well as some fantastic candids. Using the archives of one of the best and oldest sports magazines to make it available to the digital public for free? Now that’s something you’d never have imagined.

Who Do You Follow?

With over 218 million users, this is obviously just a small section of the great and unusual Twitter accounts out there. There are meme accounts 10 Hilarious Meme Accounts That You Can Find On Twitter Not only is Twitter that amazing and huge microblogging service that will let you know when your friends have woke up in the morning and what they had for dinner, but it's great for streaming... Read More you should follow, and even active accounts of celebrities who passed on The Tweeting Dead: 5 Zombie Celebrities Active On Twitter While there are some celebrities who tweet for themselves, there are many more who pay someone else to do it for them, either on a full-time or part-time basis. This bizarrely means that when a... Read More a long time ago.

Are there any Twitter users you follow who make a cool and unusual use of the social networking service? We’re all ears.

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  1. john
    November 3, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Any other accounts that tweet historic evens in real time like the war one? loved the titanic one last year to celebrate 100 years

  2. Justin P
    October 30, 2013 at 1:03 am

    Great list, Mihir. The WW2 one is a brilliant idea. Followed.

    • Mihir Patkar
      October 30, 2013 at 4:50 am

      Thanks! Yeah, Real Time WW2 is among my personal favs. He does such a fantastic job with it.