The Tweet Bubble Series consists of four wearable speech bubble prototypes developed during a three month residency at V2_, Institute for the Unstable Media. All four prototypes are based on the idea that a Twitter user shows his/her latest Twitter post in the form of a wearable speech bubble on the clothing in public.
‘Twitter’ is a Web2.0 platform that fills the gap between blogging, instant messaging, and SMS. All messages posted on Twitter are public by default and stored as single HTML pages. Due to Twitter’s growing success, the platform is about to become a standard communication tool. The way in which Twitter is used to communicate within a social network is largely shaped by the absence of physical proximity between users and the relative anonymous social exchange that the platform allows. To investigate deeper the role of this absence of physical proximity and relative anonymous exchange in the use of Twitter, the central question to the wearable speech bubble prototypes is:
What would it be like to not only show your latest message online, but also to publicly display it on your T-shirt?
The Tweet Bubble Series has been developed as part of the ‘Wearable Technology AIR’ artist-in-residence program at V2_ Lab in Rotterdam during the spring of 2009.
Thanks to the whole V2_Lab crew for the good time! And special thanks to my hard working and patient project team: Piem Wirtz and Simon de Bakker!