Poetic tweets

Think Twitter is just people posting about what they had for lunch? You may be right – and wrong.

A new Twitter account takes tweets and turns them into poetry. So the mundane becomes something oddly beautiful. @Pentametron is an automated account that uses algorithms to turn tweets into an iambic pentameter poem (see picture).

Created by Ranjit Bhatnagar, a US programmer, the algorithms works by scanning Twitter postings for rhyming couplets and then checking them against the Carnegie Mellon dictionary for stress patterns. If the tweet matches, it goes into a ‘bin’ to be worked into a poem. Approximately one in 50,000 tweets matches this criteria.

Will one of your tweets make the cut?

(Source: Media Bistro)