10 Examples of Creative Twitter Uses

Dec 21, 2008   //   by Eric Brantner   //   SEO Blog, Social Media  //  73 Comments

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When you think of Twitter, you probably think of a microblogging tool that helps you connect with friends across the world. But not every Tweeter uses their account just to chat back and forth with their online friends. Some have come up with truly creative ways to use their account.

What follows is a list of the 10 most creative uses of Twitter I’ve seen.

1. Laundryroom- The laundry room Twitter account helps residents at Olin College’s West Hall check on the availability of washing machines at the campus Laundromat. Anytime a washer or dryer is available, a Tweet is automatically sent out to the local residents following the Laundryroom account. Not only is this pretty neat, but it also improves the overall efficiency of the Laundromat.

2. Coffeegroundz Fundraiser- The Coffee Groundz is a Houston-based café that uses Twitter to interact with the local community. However, they recently had a very creative use for their Twitter account when they asked their followers to donate non-perishable food items to the Houston Food Bank. Their Twitter-based fundraiser helped them collect over 260 pounds of food to donate to the Houston Food Bank.

3. Askastripper- Yes, even strip clubs are getting on the social media bandwagon. This Twitter account is linked from a blog of the same name. Essentially, users have the opportunity to ask a stripper anything. Whether you have a question about the intricacies of their job or you just want their opinion on a random topic, the stripper will answer all of your questions.

4. JetBlue- This is another great example of businesses getting the most out of their Twitter account. This airline has different employees man their Twitter account throughout the day. If a customer has any question—whether about potential flight delays or how big their carry-on can be—the JetBlue account will Tweet a quick answer.

5. Missingchildren- But you don’t always have to use Twitter for personal gain. This profile sends out Tweets any time a child goes missing. The Tweet usually includes the child’s name, city, and a link to a picture with more information. They also send updates whenever a lost child is recovered.

6. TvGuide- When’s the last time you actually flipped through a TV Guide? It’s been years for me. This Twitter profile sends a Tweet out each day of all the new shows that will be on that night. You’ll never forget to watch your favorite shows again!

7. Liver4carole- It really is amazing to see all the great causes that people use Twitter for. This account is trying to accomplish exactly what its name implies—to get a liver for Carole. They regularly Tweet links to stores whose proceeds go directly to Carole, as well as updates about Carole herself.

8. GoodCaptain- I must confess, the writer in me is torn on whether this is really cool or a disgrace to literature. Whatever it is, it’s certainly creative. The Good Captain is a book written one Tweet at a time. Simply click back to the beginning, and you can read the entire book, Tweet by Tweet, online.

9. ProjectVino- For the most part, the Project Vino account is just like any other. It’s filled with chats to various friends, and there doesn’t appear to be anything unique about it. However, this social wine site holds wine tastings over Twitter occasionally. They send wine out to various popular Twitter users, and the testers microblog their thoughts live as they taste the wine. Where can I sign up?

10. Amazon- When you first land on the Amazon Twitter page, you might think the account is inactive. It’s not. The point of this profile is for followers to DM a book title or ISBN number, and then, they’ll receive a Tweet with the average price range on Amazon at the moment.

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Have you seen any examples of creative Twitter accounts? Share them with us in the replies!

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  • Matt says:

    When I was in school I would have paid good money for #1 on this list!

    What a great idea, and all are a good example of the powerful and creative ways Twitter can be used.

    Great article,
    Matt

    Matt | Small Biz Bee’s last blog post..The Hardest Easy Question to Answer

  • simon says:

    Wafels and Dinges is a food truck serving up tasty waffles in New York. They use twitter to keep people up to date with probably the most important information they could provide — where they are.

    http://twitter.com/waffletruck

    simon’s last blog post..Lifetime Television’s Annual ‘Fa La La La Lifetime’ Holiday Movie Festival Reaches 82 Million Total Viewers

  • Eric says:

    Great find! Definitely worthy of being on this list.

  • Dennis Edell says:

    Now this is definitely different. Very cool and some quite useful, thanks for the finds! :)

    <abbr>Dennis Edell’s last blog post..UPDATE: Free Permanent BackLinks: Are You A Subscriber Or Following Me On Twitter?</abbr>

  • John Simpson says:

    I like #1 and #4.

    <abbr>John Simpson’s last blog post..Digest for 12/22/08</abbr>

  • John Simpson says:

    I just thought up another one. You could use it as a password keeper online. If you forget a password, just go to twitter.com/johnspasswords, or something like that, to find the one you are looking for. Security may be a minor issue.

    <abbr>John Simpson’s last blog post..Digest for 12/22/08</abbr>

  • Shirley says:

    Great picks. Yes, it seems like Twitter is used for just about everything these days… And just yesterday, no one knew what it was. Its sudden popularity is astounding.

    Shirley’s last blog post..Free Photos Part 2: Flickr Images for Your Website

  • Gerald Weber
    Twitter:
    says:

    I have only been using twitter for a few months and I have found it to be an invaluable networking tool for meeting other like minded people/bloggers.

    <abbr>Gerald Weber’s last blog post..Gerald Weber Dancing with the Elves</abbr>

  • Gerald Weber
    Twitter:
    says:

    Yes the laundry is definitely different and I agree the 3rd one is a bit on the naughty side.

  • Sue says:

    Hi all, what an honor to see Carole's (liver4carole) tweets mentioned here. We are working hard to raise the funds and raise the awareness for Carole's blight. A crossing guard of 22 years, and she once saved a child's life! Now it's her turn!

    Please visit her blog and see how you can make a small donation directly to:
    http://www.transplants.org/
    In honor of Carole Stites-Luka

    <abbr>Sue’s last blog post..We have a Contest Winner!!!</abbr>

  • Will Paccione says:

    Great one! Love the laundromat idea & TV Guide.

    Thanks

  • Lee says:

    I have two great uses of Twitter.

    kogibbq

    If you live in LA, you might know about the Kogi BBQ Truck. It travels around LA and serves up Korean BBQ Tacos and Burritos that are absolutely awesome.

    MyBestDayEver

    Each day at 6:30pm EST it automatically searches twitter for the phrase “best day ever” and then picks a tweet it likes, and re-twitters the tweet as it’s own.

    best day ever arose out of my desire to find a twitter feed that always held meaning.

    it is a compilation of our happiness

    • jeshyr says:

      Ohhh, I love the @mybestdayever feed! It’s picking up quite a few ironic uses of it though, are you trying to eliminate those at all? Great concept!

      • Zach says:

        thanks!

        I was trying to figure out how people are discovering it, and i guess it’s this website.

        I am somewhat trying to eliminate those. It’s kind of a toss up right now. In one sense I like them because they, despite the irony, still hold meaning and in some ways, our worst days can still be our best…. so they might not go away. I think the only ones that have been picked up that frustrated me are the ones that dont seem told hold meaning.

        I’d prefer that they all are happy, but I appreciate receiving a solid and emotional post by sms that defines each day, and I feel like even the ironic ones are being successful with that.. I dunno, what do you think?

  • there are 2 very important ones that this list is missing. One of them is @iknow_lol (unfortunately down at the moment, and @answersonly.

    These two helpful and interesting uses of the Twitter API are examples of creative implementation of an otherwise narcissistic web2.0 social networker.

    enjoy.

  • Great article!

    I didn't know that so many people were using Twitter in such creative ways. It's inspired me to come up with some new methods myself.

  • Alison Lee Cousland says:

    You may be interested in @Genny_Spencer too * A Twit who doesn't have to follow anyone to gain followers.

    This is the real line-a-day diary of a young farmgirl growing up in Illinois in 1937 * Maintained by @griner whose family found a line-a-day diary maintained by his great-aunt from 1937 to 1941.

    Entries like 'Mr. Mark Patterson killed himself with a shot-gun. Dad went to town. Vernon Gardin came over this evening.'

    I thought it was capturing fragments of Aussie rural life at first * So similar

    Ally

  • Brent Friedman says:

    On our last webseries, “Gemini Division” (starring Rosario Dawson), we used Twitter as a story extension platform. What that means is, we created Twitter accounts for two characters in the series (@LaReinaDelSass and @El_Presidente_C) and, weeks before they appeared in the series, allowed them to start a Tweet-based dialogue. The dialogue was seeded with keywords which alerted fans who searched Google for blog and forum posts on the show. From there, word got out that a “preview” of upcoming characters and, as it turned out, a pivotal storyline, was unfolding on Twitter. Fans started following the characters – even interacting with them – and when one of those characters died in the story, it created a memorable online moment. A few online media sites reported on this use of Twitter while it was happening, but the great thing is that anyone coming late to the party can still start watching “Gemini Division” and retrace the Twitter storyline to add another compelling layer to the story.

    Brent Friedman
    Co-Founder, Electric Farm Entertainment

  • Lee says:

    The story one is an interesting concept as it was what we were trying to accomplish in a way when we created Dear IE 6

    And if your interested the app behind it is available at twessage!

    Not to spam… much ;)

    Lee

  • VickyH says:

    @NateRitter wrote a program that brings Missing Children's Alerts to twitter, with a link to the child's photograph http://remarkableparents.com/missing-children-ale

    I think that's fabulous!

    VickyH

    <abbr>VickyH’s last blog post..Free Online Business Classes from HP</abbr>

  • James says:

    Another great example of customer service via twitter – Polar heart rate monitors….@chrispolarusa I just read an article about Polar/Twitter and actually reached out to them..Awesome response…

  • I have been twittering over the last week or so of the amazing service from my internet provider, whose twitter team leaves the traditional IT helpdesk in the 20th century. @bigpondteam operates for one of our much disliked phone/internet providers – but their twitter team has turned around my faith in some of the people and I have received fabulous, friendly, and responsive support. Twitter is changing the face of how we can do business and provide support.

  • Jeff says:

    An excellent and most important use:

    @zombiereports

  • Lots of great uses here.. particularly like the laundry one.

    Thought you might be interested to know we use Twitter to alert our followers to the latest local issues that people have reported to the City of Edinburgh council on http://www.fixmystreet.com

    Follow us on twitter @greenerleith

  • Diyan Yap says:

    Cool idea , so i have to think more before involve deeper on twitter

    <abbr>Diyan Yap’s last blog post..Leica D-Lux 4 is Seriously Good</abbr>

  • Lorne Pike says:

    I've heard it said that the best inventions are those that people look back on and say, "Why didn't I think of that! It's so simple and obvious." If that's the yardstick, then Twitter is truly great. Very simple concept, but tremendous possibilities, as these examples show. The best news is, we're all just getting started.

    Thanks for the post; great ideas.

    And of course, you can follow me on Twitter too!

  • jeshyr says:

    Ohhh, I love the @mybestdayever feed! It's picking up quite a few ironic uses of it though, are you trying to eliminate those at all? Great concept!

    • Zach says:

      thanks!

      I was trying to figure out how people are discovering it, and i guess it's this website.

      I am somewhat trying to eliminate those. It's kind of a toss up right now. In one sense I like them because they, despite the irony, still hold meaning and in some ways, our worst days can still be our best…. so they might not go away. I think the only ones that have been picked up that frustrated me are the ones that dont seem told hold meaning.

      I'd prefer that they all are happy, but I appreciate receiving a solid and emotional post by sms that defines each day, and I feel like even the ironic ones are being successful with that.. I dunno, what do you think?

  • Another creative use is @tweejay – subtitled "silent radio that plays in your head". Every 15 minutes it tweets the name of a song and the artist, and a link to a website where you can play the song or buy it if you want.

    It's pretty funny to follow it and realise that it really does pretty much trigger you to hear the songs internally! I unfollowed eventually because a tweet every 15 minutes can get pretty spammy, but it's lots of fun.

    <abbr>Ricky Buchanan’s last blog post..Using QuickLook with VoiceOver</abbr>

  • Very creative indeed! As a healthy living blogger, one simple thing I started doing on my twitter account @skinnyjeans was to tweet twice daily a hydration reminder: Go drink a glass of water. "Drink more water" is something that most people want to do more of so the quick twit reminders are helpful. This water tweet has also helped increase my Followers# very much.

    http://twitter.com/skinnyjeans

  • Lazy to login to Twitter or wants to stay anonymous in expressing your present thoughts, just submit it in Annon. Tweet via AAfter.

    if you add @username, we will ReTweet [RT].

  • jesse helms says:

    Although its not really creative to make impersonate someone, @Michael_bay writes some of the most wildly creative tweets out there.

  • Patrick Morrow says:

    How about @showusyoursite? Mini website reviews – pretty funny.

    Patrick Morrow’s last blog post..showusyoursite: They’re free! They’re fun! They may help you lose weight! Get your site review here today!

  • Mackenzie says:

    The local hackerspace has a motion detector rigged up. If it senses motion and there wasn't motion before, it tweets "HacDC is open," and if there was motion but now there's not "HacDC is closed" on the @hacdcdoorman account. "Open" means "open to the public" since only paying members have keys. If someone's there, though, the rest of us can get in because there are some wires hanging from the second story window that when touched together ring a doorbell in the workshop.

  • P0_P0 says:

    http://twitter.com/sfearthquakes if you live in the bay area (or know someone who does), follow @sfearthquakes. You'll get a tweet everytime an earthquake happens, with the location of the epicenter. Of course, if it's the big one, you won't need anyone to tweet you about it!

  • JLibbey says:

    The Good Captain may be a creative way to use twitter but boy, is it annoying for anyone who really likes to read!

    Follow me on twitter: https://twitter.com/JLibbey

  • Doug Kyle says:

    I created @SomedayMaybe last week based on the Getting Things Done idea of a Someday/Maybe list.

    The intent is that people tweet a goal or idea they’d like to do someday and others listening can reply with hints, references, etc.

    As of this posting, it’s in its earliest stages though.

    @DougKyle

  • Justin says:

    I have a recipe site that sends out tweets when someone rates a recipe or adds it to their favorites. My profile for that is http://twitter.com/5sr feel free to add it.

  • Tom Nocera says:

    I have found Twitter to be an amazing tool for monitoring breaking news from all over the world. There is a "time value" for information and that value declines as it ages. I when I see something that I find of interest, I use Twitter to give a heads up about it to those who follow me. Twitter makes what Matt Drudge does on the DrudgeReport appear "old school". Of course, he will hear about me doing this now, and sooner or later start doing it himself on Twitter.

    Like I said there is a time value to information. You can get it while its the hottest from Twitter. (It's a lot like Tweeting that the washing machine in the dorm laundry room is now available…only on a macro scale.)

    • Gerald Weber
      Twitter:
      says:

      I agree with you 110%. Twitter is a great platform for breaking news. Also if you are good at tweeting breaking news it's likely to get your more followers and people paying attention to your tweets.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :-)

  • Justin says:

    Thanks for the follow Gerald! I just followed you back

  • I had read about coffeegroundz a while ago! Great ideas, but the laundry room one is the best!
    Thanks for this list – very unique what some are doing….

  • Steve Haweeli says:

    Great post! And very cool uses of Twitter. To this excellent list I would add @JustSixWords – this person twits little sayings and such that are – you guessed it – "just six words."

  • Steen Seo Öhman says:

    Another great list of Twitter tips.

    Just have to sit down and sort out all these Twitter tips, and get Twitter well integrated with my blogs

  • Bryan Huber says:

    Here's a twitter application that we developed for the Columbus Marathon. Automatically tweets your progress while you run:

    http://tweetmytime.com/

  • Elle Wood says:

    Fantastic post. Many of these ideas really get my creative juices flowing.

  • Sue says:

    Hi all, I'm sorry to say that Carole has just passed away. Thanks to this website and to others that help raise money for transplant awarenesss.

  • Jimmy Sou says:

    interesting things people are doing on twitter

  • Tioman says:

    Lol, amazing how twitter can be used today :)

  • Mark says:

    Interesting to se another use of Twitter account than just personal. Really great idea number 5, missingchildren.

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