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 dropped like a smoking hot potato at CogDogBlog ( on March 17, 2011.


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