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14 Apr 2009

Weirdest Uses For Twitter

Collaborative post, authors: Kaila S. and Eli

"Twitter Pack", Flickr's Creative Commons, user "carrotcreative"Now that you’ve been introduced to Twitter with one of our previous posts, it’s time to show you how Twitter can literally save your life, enhance your quality of life (well through laughter anyways), or otherwise help you with everyday living.

From notifying you when you need to water your plants, to helping you quit smoking, get notified of a telecom outage, Twitter can basically be integrated into just about anyone’s everyday life. Confess your sins, read a book, broadcast a religious service to the world, and get notified when you are being robbed. The following list is just a start to the never-ending uses of Twitter!
 
LA Fires: get notified of fires in your area by following the Los Angeles Fire Department on Twitter. Know your neighbor’s place is en fuego without having to look out the window.
 
Get sprung from the slammer: James Karl Buck, a UC Berkeley journalism student, helped get himself out of jail with the help of Twitter.
 
Listen to the radio: Check out Twadio, promising a new track every 15 minutes or every 2 hours.
 
Plan Dinner: Not sure what’s for dinner? Message @Twecipe your ingredients and they will send you back a tasty recipe in a direct message (DM).
 
Find a job: Twitter can help in a couple ways: network and gain contacts in your industry, and ask for helpful advice to getting a new job. Or the easier way: search for a job using Twitter.
 
Multiple Gadgets: Gizmag featured six Twitter inventions including- tweet-a-watt updating your power usage wirelessly to your followers, popcorn robot that even delivers it while it’s still hot, and help with your laundry: know when a cycle is done or when a washer is free at a local facility or dormitory.
 
Know where not to go…: Near the toilets in Kinnernet? Follow @twitshitters to be notified which stalls to stay clear from!
 
With so many uses for Twitter one could overdo their participation very easily! Don’t get dumped like John Mayer did due to his over tweeting, or get in trouble for trying to organize an anti-communist revolution. And it should go without saying that you shouldn’t tweet while on a jury, right? I still think NBA players, like Villanueva, should be able to tweet at games, too bad the NBA doesn’t support my reasoning on that one. At least my boss does, I’m on Twitter— only because he isn’t ready to give this Twitterphene a Twitter intervention (new word: Intertwitervention….say that three times fast!).