The Weekly Top 5: May 30, 2008

There follows an arbitrary and partial list of the five things I most enjoyed on the Internet this week. It is neither voted for, crowdsourced, comprehensive nor exhaustive. I hope you enjoy it nonetheless. 1. Food Fight Food Fight is an abridged history of American wars from World War II until the present day, told through the foods of the countries in conflict. 2. Gary Kasparov v. The Flying Penis No words can do justice to this one, you have to watch it. 3. One Polaroid a day Jamie Livingston took one Polaroid a day from 1977 until the day he died in October 1997. Fascinating, poigna...

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Whither Twitter?

My first reaction to Twitter when I first came across it about a year and a half ago, was, like a lot of other people, a bemused shrug. 140 characters? Is that it? I couldn’t really see the point. In communication terms it seemed to be a retrograde step. But because a few people I know swore by it, I signed up about six months ago and though it still took a little while, I’m now hooked. And I’m not the only one. In the last year, Twitter's seen the exponential kind of user growth enjoyed by previous internet success stories like mySpace, YouTube and Facebook, with unique users often d...

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