You knew Twitter could keep you updated on your friends’ activities, but did you know it’s capable of so much more? Did you know it can teach you to cook, remind you to water your plants, or instantly poll your friends? Here are 25 wacky, fun and sometimes useful ways to use Twitter:
1. Avoid traffic jams
CommuterFeed aggregates tweets about traffic from people stuck in jams. By following your city’s feed, you can get updates about ongoing traffic tangles. New Jersey Transit riders have created a similar service.
2. Keep track of those pesky to-dos
Remember the Milk is an application that integrates with Twitter to help you remember all those things that can slip through the cracks.
3. Turn your thumb from brown to green
Botanicalls’ DIY Twitter watering project uses moisture probes to allow your plant to tweet you a message when it needs a drink.
4. Catch up on your classic literature
5. Tweet from the womb
When Tyler Aaron Menscher (@kickbee) was born in January, he already had hundreds of followers. That’s because his dad, Corey Menscher, created a device that recorded and tweeted his son’s kicks from the womb as they happened.
6. Become a chef
The Belfast-based @cookbook tweets recipes in 140 characters or less, boasting more than 16,000 followers.
Here’s a recent tweet: Spinach Nut Salad: top 5c torn spinach w dice apple/c mix nuts/3T parmesan; +whisked 3T nut oil/T wine vinegar/.5t soy sauce&Dijon&dill/s+p.
7. Quit smoking.
Quitter is a Twitter tool from Tobacco Free Florida that helps track how many cigarettes you smoke each day, charting your progress until you’re smoke-free.
8. Get out of jail
James Buck, a 29-year-old UC Berkley journalism student, was arrested in Egypt in April 2008. He sent a Twitter message that said one thing: Arrested. The tweet alerted his friends, who contact authorities. Buck was walked out of jail the next day with an Egyptian attorney hired by UC Berkley and the help of the US Embassy.
9. Take a poll
Strawpoll lets you drop mini-polls into your Twitter stream – a quick way to make weekend plans among friends.
10. Remember that doctor’s appointment
Have @timer remind you of your meetings – or just to refill that parking meter in 15 minutes.
11. Move on from your retail or serving job
12. Track your stuff in the mail
13. Drop those 15 pounds
Keep a diet journal complete with calories for everything you put in your mouth – and if you don’t know how the calorie count, TweetWhatYouEat will help you fill in the blanks. Foodfeed is another option.
14. Rant or rave about the movie you just saw
15. Hit snooze on your annoying friends
If you follow some talkative folks but don’t want to permane ntly unfollow them, you can snooze them for a certain time so you don’t receive their tweets.
16. Deck out your Twitter account
17. Share your favorite new song
18. Spill your secrets on Secret Tweet
19. Find out who’s swearing on Twitter
Curse Bird tracks the dirty mouths.
20. Boast your Xbox 360 skills
21. Remember your I-O-U’s
Did your friend spot you a few bucks for coffee the other day? Foamee tracks who you owe coffee or beer to.
23. Are you a shopaholic?
Use Deal Tagger to tell your followers about the bargains you find.
24. Love the LOL Cats meme?
Juxtapose your tweets on top of silly cat images using LOL feeds.