How to Tweet Without Really Trying

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The site That can be my next tweet analyzes your previous Twitter activity (assuming your account is public) and gives you back a "next tweet." The site appears to be using a Markov chain process to do this; Markov chains are useful for lots of things, including generating weird fake dialogue for Garfield cartoons.

So what does it think of the relatively new-to-Twitter @KenJennings?

There's a chapter on the Japanese cartoon from swim class. We've chosen a screen full of Mentos"?

That's surprisingly decent. Not sure where the stray quote marks came from, but still -- that's almost meaningful English, and at least seems syntactically correct, except for the quote marks. So let's see what this thing thinks my next tweet should be (I'm @chrishiggins):

When will pay more tree limbs in my mental_floss article push it starts funny, gets I've got!

Um. Okay. I have been complaining a lot about tree limbs, posting mental_floss articles, and maybe posting funny links? Fair enough, but not really sensible. Let's see what the mighty @mental_floss would say:

Baseball's spring training wasn't always wanted Gene Hackman for minor infractions. MI 10¢?

FULL OF FACTS! But also, a bit crazy. Oh, but how about @kanyewest?

WE WOULD IDE FOR THIS [expletive] SO YOU EVERYBODY FOR MY NEW STONES DOCUMENTARY! ROCK STAR LIFE!

Now that's one of Kanye West's best tweets. The algorithm is even smart enough to put it in caps. Computers will never cease to amaze me. Go spend your day finding out random Twitter nonsense! If you find good ones, please post them in the comments!

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April 12, 2011 - 9:33am
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