Hit A Tweet / Abstract / Introduction / Video / Setup / Narrative
Hit-A-Tweet, a twitter monitor with a one-button interface.


Hit A Tweet is a twitter monitoring device ideally installed in an exhibition space. When activating the Hit A Tweet buzzer, details about the most recent tweet and the author's identity will be revealed. Tweets monitored are chosen based on a set of keyword used as realtime search queries. Tweets are fed back to twitter forming a sort of dadaist inspired non-sense in order to become new narratives.


Hit a Tweet, Screen Interface

Hit a Tweet, Setup with one-button interface

"The first and second hit is boring, after the third you don't want to stop."

According to www.tweespeed.com, 38483 tweets per minute were churned out on Monday 15 March 2010 at 11.42 am (Singapore Time). With the Social Networking Platform Twitter spitting out tens of thousands of messages per minute, Hit-A-Tweet is a work that utilizes this data-flow overload in twitter to allow participants to create new tweet narratives.

In this work, selected words from custom text-based resources are used for search queries within the twitter universe. These search results will return and filter the most current tweets containing those words sequentially selected from the poem. They will then be stored in a Hit-A-Tweet database.

By hitting the Hit-A-Tweet Buzzer, a highlighted tweet will be selected, displayed and at the same time, also reveals the author's twitter identity. These chance encounters, made possible with every hit, will be fed back to twitter, forming a sort of dada-ist inspired non-sense. These sequentially selected tweets go on to become new narratives which can be viewed at www.twitter.com/hitatweet .

In participating in Hit-A-Tweet, each audience is an active composer of a new arrangement of twitter text. These selections that form a larger non-sense narrative is a commentary about the temporal nature of tweet identities, voyeurism of the net user and is an attempt to create new arrangements of information fragments within the twitter universe.

Hit-A-Tweet software built with processing and twitter4j.

Hit-A-Tweet was first shown at the Post-Museum Singapore during the 'I-AM' Arts Festival 2010. While on display, the Hit-A-Tweet buzzer was hit 961 times. The following narrative (excerpt) was created.

Setup Requirements

Office Chair
Drafting Lamp
Buzzer (provided)
Internet Connection
Projector or Screen


Hit-A-Tweet Narrative #1. Recorded in March 2010. Excerpt.


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