One of the tweets Nixon did not manage to erase in 1972…

Just kidding. I found this great, fun tool Twister from Classtools (twitterbution to @John_larkin, about time I gave you one back). It is a simple web form where you can enter info about a historical figure, and create a fake status message from them, as if they were tweeting back then – like Beethoven complaining about his iPod, Monet pondering painting versus gardening, or Isaac Newton calling for a post apple falling beverage.

It’s pretty simple, enter a fake twitter handle (be creative), their real name (used to pluck the images from sonewhere), the tweet they might have said (use hashtags! @people! links!), and the date to put on the tweet.

It’s late for the ds106 visual assignments, but this one is easy anyone can do it in about 5 minutes. I made the ones on this post actually from my iPhone.

A few more I made…

Old Testament tweets…

And from a footnote I saw in Sean Wilenz’s Bob Dylan in America

Right foot red, left arm blue– let’s play Twister

The post "Phun with Phake Tweets" was originally yanked out of the teeth of a rabid chicken at CogDogBlog ( on March 17, 2011.


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