Editors' pick: Originally published March 21.
Ten years ago on Monday, Twitter (TWTR - Get Report) started offering users a novel platform to share their opinions with virtually anyone on virtually anything, as long as they kept it short: 140 characters or less.
Through the years since, the social media company has added a variety of new features, from letting users retweet others' posts to displaying images, animated gifs, and emojis.
While the site's core purpose has always been to broadcast an opinion, in honor of Twitter's 10th birthday, we've put together a list of seven things you can do that go beyond simply sharing an interesting article or quote.
1. -- Be environmentally informed. If you live in London, you can tweet to @PigeonAir to find out information about the air quality in your area. Pierre Duquesnoy, creative director at DigitasLBi, along with the tech firm Plume Labs, equipped 10 pigeons with sensors to collect data on air quality around London. When users tweet their London location to @PigeonAir, the account responds with data from the pigeons.
2. -- Raise healthy plants. Make sure you don't kill your plants by following them on Twitter. Botanicalls sells a device you can connect to your plants that enables them to tweet at you when they need water.
3. -- Bird watch. Pretend you're not sitting at a desk, staring at a screen, by checking out @AnimalVidBot, which tweets audio and video of birds from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Macaulay Library. Now's your chance to hear what a Pacific Loon or American Bittern sounds like.
Pacific LoonMarch 21, 2016
4. -- Be a fancy chef. Get delicious recipes in 140 characters by following Maureen Evans at @cookbook. Here's an example of one of her condensed Twitter recipes: Orecchiette con Cime di Rapa: chop3garlc&anchovy/chili; heat+1/3c olvoil. Boil salt h2o/lb chopd broc rabe 5m; +lb pasta to aldente. Toss all.
5. -- Virtually tour museums. Look cultured, by following a number of bots on Twitter that share random items from museums around the world. For example, @NAMOCbot shares a random object from the National Museum of China four times a day. Or @GestaltungBot shares items from the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich.
6. -- Pretend like you're in outer space. Keep an eye on our globe with @dscovr_epic, which tweets photos of the Earth from the DSCOVR satellite. Along with pictures, the account shares the location of the satellite when the images were taken.
7. -- Play some word games. Play a round of Boggle with @Botgle, which tweets a Boggle board every six hours (at 4 a.m., 10 a.m., 4 p.m., and 10 p.m. ET). The first person to reply with a word gets points for it.
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¿- BoggleBot (@Botgle) March 21, 2016
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