With over 500 million users to date, Twitter is one of the largest microblogging sites through which people can spray their thoughts into the ether. From lonely robots to glorified celebrities to your next door neighbor, all sorts of people are tweeting at all times from places all over the world, and statistics say 40 percent of these messages are made up of “pointless babble.”
In the spirit of contributing a little more pointless babble from a more interesting source, David Bowen’s Flytweet allows houseflies to tweet. Now on exhibit at Seoul’s 7th Media Art Biennale, this installation is comprised of an acrylic sphere that houses a colony of houseflies with a computer keyboard. Flies move around, often landing on the keyboard. Their random activity registers into a Twitter text box, and when the 140 character limit is reached or if a fly actually hits “enter,” the accumulated characters are tweeted into the boundless social abyss of pointless babble.
It’s unfortunately too late to see this piece any longer, as all the houseflies have died by this point. Check out their last gasping tweets at @flycolony.