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3 Unusual Twitter accounts worth following

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1. @Cookbook

Maureen Evans is a 27-year-old from British Columbia who's studying for a master's in creative writing at Queen's University Belfast. But her 18,231 followers don't know that"¦ at least not most of them. To them, she's @Cookbook, and she's dropping recipes on them, 140 characters at a time. Here are a couple recent ones as examples:

Fettucine Alfredo: boil 16oz(pref fresh) fettucine to aldente. Boil 3⁄4c pasta h₂o/1⁄2c buttr; toss well+pasta/3c parm until creamy. Srv w pep.

Irene's Borsch: brwn onion&garlc/2T buttr; +c beet&tom&stock. Simmr40m; +c tater&carrot&cabbage/3c stock20m; +3T rdvingr&dill. Top w sr crm.

2. @Twaggies

Okay, shameless self-promotion now. Here's one that will help you pass time when you're bored at work: If you've seen some quizzes on this site by @Yaelbt, you can thank me. Well, you can thank her first, and Jason English second, because he hired her, but also me because I started following her on Twitter after she followed me and found her tweets to be some of the funniest in the Twittersphere. Eventually we figured out we worked across the street from one another (weird, right?), and immediately knew some fun Twitter-based Web site was in our future. That's how Twaggies was born.

Read a funny tweet lately? Or maybe Tweeted one out that your followers RT-ed because they thought it was hilarious? Send it to us here.

 

If we like it, we'll Twagg you. Because, hey, everyone loves a visual, right?

3. @TweetMyJobs

This cool concept connects employers and job seekers instantly using Twitter. Employers can post a job on one of 4,500+ Job Channels, which are location/industry specific, and a notification of the job will instantly be delivered to a job seeker via Twitter. In this economy, there can never be too many avenues for finding work. So if you're looking, follow them now.

And while we're not unusual, if you're not aware, @mental_floss is blasting out cool trivia, amazing facts, and interesting links 140 characters at a time. Follow us here and help us hit 40,000 followers.

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You Can Now Order Food Through Facebook
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After a bit of controversy over its way of aggregating news feeds and some questionable content censoring policies, it’s nice to have Facebook roll out a feature everyone can agree on: allowing you to order food without leaving the social media site.

According to a press release, Facebook says that the company decided to begin offering food delivery options after realizing that many of its users come to the social media hub to rate and discuss local eateries. Rather than hop from Facebook to the restaurant or a delivery service, you’ll be able to stay within the app and select from a menu of food choices. Just click “Order Food” from the Explore menu on a desktop interface or under the “More” option on Android or iOS devices. There, you’ll be presented with options that will accept takeout or delivery orders, as well as businesses participating with services like Delivery.com or EatStreet.

If you need to sign up and create an account with Delivery.com or Jimmy John’s, for example, you can do that without leaving Facebook. The feature is expected to be available nationally, effective immediately.

[h/t Forbes]

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5 Quick Facts About the Hashtag
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The use of the hashtag as a Twitter tool to denote a specific topic in order for the masses to follow along turns 10 years old today, having first been suggested (in a Tweet, naturally) by Silicon Valley regular and early adopter Chris Messina back in 2007. Here’s a little history on its evolution from the humble numerical sign to the social media giant it is today.

1. IT COMES FROM THE LATIN TERM FOR “POUND WEIGHT.”

There’s no definitive origin story for the hash (or pound) symbol, but one belief is that when 14th-century Latin began to abbreviate the term for pound weight—libra pondo—to “lb,” a horizontal slash was added to denote the letters were connected. (The bar was called a tittle.) As people began to write more quickly, the letters and the tittle became amalgamated, eventually morphing into the symbol we see today.

2. IT SHOULD ACTUALLY BE CALLED AN OCTOTHORPETAG.

The symbol portion of the hashtag eventually made its way to dial-button telephones, the result of AT&T looking forward to phones interacting with computers. In order to complete a square keypad with 10 digits (including 0), they added the numerical sign and an asterisk. AT&T employee Don MacPherson thought the sign needed a more official name, so he chose Octothorpe—“octo” because it has eight points, and “thorpe” because he was a fan of football hero Jim Thorpe.

3. TWITTER WASN’T BIG ON THE IDEA AT FIRST.

When web marketer Messina had the notion to add hashtags to keep track of conversations, he stopped by Twitter’s offices to make an informal pitch. He came at a bad time: Co-founder Biz Stone was trying to get the software back online after a crash and dismissed the idea with a “Sure, we’ll get right on that” burn. Undeterred, Messina started using them and the habit caught on.

4. IT’S IN THE OXFORD DICTIONARY.

By 2014, respect for the hashtag had grown to the point where the venerable Oxford English Dictionary gave the word its stamp of approval. Their entry: "hashtag n. (on social media web sites and applications) a word or phrase preceded by a hash and used to identify messages relating to a specific topic; (also) the hash symbol itself, when used in this way."

5. THERE ARE SOME HASHTAG ALL-TIMERS.

Hashtags can highlight interest in everything from political movements to breaking news stories, but the frequency of their use is often tied into popular culture. The most popular TV-related tag has been #TheWalkingDead; #StarWars sees a lot of action; and #NFL dominates sports-related Tweets.  

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