By Kimberly Reyes (@CommDuCoeur)
A fad. Useless. Self-indulgent. Timewaster. For the kids.
Man, Twitter has it tough on the social media playground. Four years after Jack Dorsey launched the popular microblogging service, Twitter continues to take a beating. But the folks who use the words above to describe Twitter simply haven’t been given good examples of its potential. True, recent studies show that most of the Twitterverse is abuzz with mostly noise, but some creative uses of this simple online service has in actuality drastically changed the way we do lots of things.
Book Two’s Book Swotter
Publishing industry insider James Bridlelaunched his BookTwo blog in September 2006 to explore the future of his industry – and now he’s paving the way with his Book Swotter, which uses Twitter to read books to the masses. James Joyce’s classic Ulysses is currently on the menu.
Food Cart Locations
Chasing down your favorite food cart has become an unofficial sport for New York City residents, but some of New York’s signature vendors are helping their fans track their locations via Twitter. Check out this blog post from Serious Eats for a listing of the best in the business and follow your favorite!
Hello gardener? It’s me, fern. What if plants could talk? What if they could tell you when they needed watering, if they’re getting enough sunlight? Believe it or not, you and your leafy friend can stay in touch via Twitter, thanks to Rob Faludi, Kate Hartman, and Kati London’s collaborative effort, Botanicalls. Botanicalls uses a sensor embedded in the soil to figure out what the plant needs and sends you a teet about it.
Quitting smoking is tough. You could use the patch. Medication. Therapy. Or you could use Twitter. Tobacco Free Florida developed Quitter, a social media tool that helps smokers quit by having users log each time they have a cigarette, keeping a journal of their progress, and providing a supportive community of Quitters.
Ever sat in traffic and wondered why you’re not moving? Commuterfeed has all the answers. Anyone in the know can post real-time updates so you can plan your trip accordingly and breathe just a little easier.