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Posts Tagged ‘Shakespeare’

Check Out This Algorithm That Turns Tweets Into Poetry

Meet Pentametron. He’s a robotic Twitter account, but he’s not part of the spam variety – he turns tweets into Shakespeare-like poetry, using an algorithm to seek out and retweet the most poetic of our 140-character musings.
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Theaters Now Offer “Tweet Seats” To Those Who Want To Tweet During The Show

We’re all trained to power down our smartphones and leave our iPads in the car when we enter the theater. It’s common courtesy to the performers and the other patrons to not distract them with the chime of a new text message or by tapping wildly on our keypads during the show.

However, there are a handful of theaters and organizations who have decided to embrace the smartphone addicts of the world and create “tweet seats” – sections of seating encouraging the use of Twitter to discuss the show.
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Linguistics Professor Finds Average Word Length In A Tweet Is Longer Than In Shakespeare

There has been a lot of discussion both here at AllTwitter and in the Twitter-sphere in general about how Twitter is affecting language.

The latest round of the debate was sparked by some rather incendiary comments made by actor Ralph Fiennes, who claims that Twitter is dumbing down the English language (even though he doesn’t actually have a Twitter account himself to verify this claim).

But those on the other side have a more experienced, if less famous, champion to back their protests up: a linguistic professor has stepped into the fray to pour water on the theory that Twitter is destroying language.
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