twipple: Making Twitter a Kinder, Gentler Borg*


Twitterite @Floyd Hayes decided we need another feel-good meme in our lives, so he invented twipple, a microblogging cross between Simon Says and Pay it Forward.

Once a critical mass starts following @twipple, the latter will deploy "short, fun, positive tweet instructions to do something kind in public," like smile at a stranger, give money to a street musician, or whistle your favourite tune. You can also make up your own and send them via DM or email twipple2009 [at]

The formal description (pdf):

A tipple is a Tweet combined with random acts of public kindness,
Flash Mobs and a dose of silliness.

Unlike normal flash mobs, participants perform the action right there and
then as opposed to converging in a large group at a specified time.

The visual effect won't be as striking as freezing en-masse in Grand
Central Station
, but, if successful, the social effect could prove to be
interesting/useful/a bit of a lark.

It'll be kinda interesting to see how this plays out. Imagine being in a cafe where two laptop junkies start randomly, awkwardly whistling. Then they meet eyes, and one whispers, "Are you twippling...?"

Then they fall in love, and Aaron Sorkin makes a movie about it.


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I totally thought this was going to be something to do with Twitter and nipples. I feel cheated.

Posted by: Lux Alptraum on February 6, 2009 8:37 AM

Not gonna lie. I like Lux's idea better...

Posted by: jack on February 6, 2009 11:58 AM

Sorry to disappoint, Lux:)

Posted by: Steve Hall on February 6, 2009 12:09 PM

Thanks Steve!

Lux if you sign up I'll send you a nipple related twipple just for you :)

Posted by: Floyd on February 6, 2009 1:38 PM

Sorry about that - silly iPhone posting like a nut!


Posted by: Floyd on February 6, 2009 4:19 PM

Just goes to show the power of short and direct messages when you are dealing with a large group. I use a group IM for communications with clients (link above), and those short messages work well. These kinds of things are great. There are so many people who are just spewing hate all over the net. These messages could be a very cool thing.

Posted by: Kate on February 7, 2009 1:29 PM