Stuff.tv's Top 5 weird Twitter uses

Since its launch in 2006, the microblogging wonder-site that is Twitter has taken the web by storm, earning its place in the bookmarks of millions of

Since its launch in 2006, the microblogging wonder-site that is Twitter has taken the web by storm, earning its place in the bookmarks of millions of browsers.

But while most of use are content with tweeting about our snoring dog or latest music selection, some people are coming up with much more interesting – often bordering on downright weird – ways to use their 140 characters. Stuff.tv has picked out some of its favourites for you to follow at your will.

1. The Tweeting Catflap

Cats can be sneaky creatures to keep an eye on, so the owner of pampered pusses Gus and Penny has designed a cat flap that sends a tweet and takes a picture every time his little darlings go in or out of the house.  

Not only that but the pair are also fitted with RFID tags in their collars, firstly to tell them apart for the tweets, but also to make sure no other pesky neighbourhood cats wander into the house to tuck into their grub.  

2. Twitter novels

If big beefy novels just can't hold your attention, why not try one that comes in more manageable, 140 character chapters?

Novels are popping up all over Twitter, and for those with limited time or limited attention spans, they might be worth a follow. ReadWriteWeb have come up with a list of the more popular ones for you to check out.

3. Albion Bakery

Fond of a crusty loaf straight from the oven? Customers of the Albion bakery in London can now be the first to know when the latest batch of bread is about to hit the shelves by following them on Twitter.

A specially designed device known as the BakerTweet dishes out messages on what's available and when, so you'll know when to show up with your pennies.

4. Crimefighting

Twitter has already proved itself to be a pretty hot news source, providing eye-witness reports and pictures from major events. So it does make sense that police departments in America are using the service to try and bag criminals, appealing for crime witnesses and dishing out suspect deets in short Twitter snippets.

5. The Twittering Office Chair

Finally, of all the weird uses for Twitter, this has to top the pile of the most bizarre – an office chair that tweets every time the person sitting on it breaks wind.

Why, we just don't know. Why people follow this baffles us even more. But somehow, Randy Sarafan has managed to rack up nearly 3,000 people who are interested in his farting habits.

If you're intrigued by the whole affair and want to know the tech behind it all, there's a step by step guide on how to create your own on Instructables. Just don't expect us to follow you.

Head over to Twitter to browse for these crazies and more, and while you're there, make sure you follow the Stuff.tv team. We're not weird. Honest.