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Household Flies Send Tweets As @Flycolony

'Flytweet' is a project by David Bowen featuring flies in an enclosed sphere with a keyboard and real-time Twitter messages are sent made up of the...

Emma Hutchings
Emma Hutchings on October 17, 2012.

David Bowen‘s ‘Flytweet’ is a device that sends tweets based on the activities of house flies. A collection of common flies were placed inside an enclosed acrylic sphere with a keyboard. They were filmed as they moved around, and when they landed on a particular key, that character was entered into a Twitter text box. When 140 characters were reached, or a fly landed on the enter key, the tweet was sent from @flycolony.

Household Flies Send Tweets As @Flycolony

Thus live twitter messages are perpetually sent in real-time based on the simple movements of the community of houseflies. These constantly accumulating messages appear as records of random activity within the larger sphere of social media and networking.

Check out the video below to see the project in action.

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