Got a whole bunch of tweets you hold near and dear? Not happy enough to just look at them online? Like having a picture of yourself in your house? Have a creepy stalker-crush on a celebrity or just somebody with a public feed? In any of those cases, a Firebox tweet portrait might be right for you. All you need is a Twitter account with at least 230 tweets (or someone else’s) and 25 bucks.
When you enter a username, Firebox goes out and grabs the most recent tweets from the public timeline and colorizes them to match your profile picture. The posters are 24″ by 24″ and are written in 18pt font, so they’ll be readable from a ways away, but still look remarkably like your profile picture.
It’s sort of a neat idea, but I really can’t decide how I feel about it. Hanging a poster of your own words on your wall is sort of self-absorbed, even more so if they form a picture of you. Then again, if you were to alter your picture for a day to be something else, it might not be so bad. The fact that you can order a celebrity’s poster, or just some random guy’s, is also a little unsettling. Who is that into Lady Gaga. Okay, bad example. On the other hand, there are some “celebrity” accounts that would be perfect for this. Who could pass up a beautiful poster of @horse_ebooks tweets, or maybe the all-caps, word-salad stylings of @BARTSIMSON_REAL.
All in all, while neat, I think this idea is kind of silly with the potential to be either frivolus or really creepy. I’ll just continue to think that for the next few weeks or so, until I finally break down and order a horse_ebooks one. I’m already starting to think about where I might hang it.
You can try it out and see some previews here.
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