The Tweetbox

A twitter is defined by one of its founders as "a short burst of inconsequential information" and yet 140 characters have become more than enough to make or break news, careers, and relationships. The twittersphere is almost inscrutable if you are not immersed in its culture, a mysterious world populated by short, sometimes cryptic missives flitting about in cyberspace. I wonder, how would your Twitter feed look if it was just a little bit harder to tweet? How can an insignificant and almost careless daily occurence be given gravity through the materiality of its interface?


The Tweetbox is a simple concept, it is a heavy rectangular object measuring 10cm square and 7cm tall with a stainless steel knob protruding from the front. To tweet you use the knob to translate your draft into morse code, unfortunately reviewing your tweet is made quite impossible by virtue of the fact that the box has no visual interface, when you are finished your input you may choose to submit the tweet with a press of the large button on top of the device.

I imagine my hypothetical user as an individual who carries a notebook with them at all times in case a thought worthy of the arduous process of tweeting occurs. At the end of the day they sit in front of the tweetbox, brow knitted, carefully transcribing a meticulously crafted tweet from the heavily marked pages of their notebook. They finish the input, a single bead of sweat makes its way down their forehead as they contemplate the red button.

Their hand twitches.

The scene cuts to black.


If you are interested in constructing your own tweetbox you might consider an adaptation of Martin Kaltenbrunner's Tworse Key, a project that adapts an arduino and a morse key to send tweets, if you would like to engage in cryptic 140 character twitter conversations I can be found @robinstethem. Thanks for reading!