This Art Project Turns The World’s Tweets Into A Clock

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Don’t look at the clock. Do you know what time it is?

Twitter sure as heck does. Turns out, people love to tweet about the time. So why not turn the Twitter firehose into a massive, crowdsourced clock?

That’s the thinking behind AllTheMinutes. Built by Dutch tech-meets-art studio Moniker for an ongoing exhibit at the Van Abbemuseum, the clock pulls a different tweet directly related to the current time (based on your system clock, for international compatibility) every few seconds.

I’ve been watching the tweets flash by for a few hours, and here’s what I’ve learned:

  • At around noon, people like to tweet that they’re still in bed
  • At around three pm, people like to start complaining about being hungry or bored
  • 24 hours a day, people like to tweet about being high and/or drunk.

I want something like this running on a little screen on my desk all day. BRB, finding an old Chumby to hack up.