Despite the fairly geographically dispersed nature of my Twitter feed, it has its own evident cycles. Each day around 6pm in California, where I live, the feed quiets down, and when I wake in the morning, generally around 6am, not a whole lot appears to have transpired, despite the presence of plenty of Australians and Japanese, among others, in my mix.
Last night, to probe the dark hours, I set an automated tweet as a little experiment, to find out what people were hearing elsewhere. (I used the same IFTTT.com tool that auto-tweets for me the Tuesday noon civic warning siren here in San Francisco.) I wrote, just shy of 140 characters:
The replies were gratifying, like transcriptions of recordings of utterly failed stake-out surveillance from around world.
Martin Dittus, whose account doesn’t list a location but whose desktop.de URL sports the German suffix, wrote:
Beth, who lives in Newcastle, in the U.K., wrote as follows. Her parenthetical — “(distant)” — serves as a nice summary of this entire little endeavor:
Darren Shaw, who lives in Rochdale, in the U.K., wrote:
Nathan Thomas, who has a UK URL (afternoondust.co.uk), wrote:
Inevitably, the middle of the night in the U.S. doesn’t entirely limit North American participation.
Chris Hutson of Peoria, Illinois, wrote:
Lee Rosevere, who’s based in British Columbia, wrote:
Joshua Anderson, who lives in Buffalo, New York, and was up early, wrote:
And Chicago-based Cinchel weighed in after the fact:
I may do this again, either the same way, or with a different query and with a different time stamp.
(Globe photo by Kenneth Lu, thanks to flic.kr and Creative Commons.)