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Sweden Experiments With Public Twitter Takeover 64

revealingheart writes "BBC reports that Sweden is allowing one citizen per week to take control of its official Twitter feed, in what's been described as 'the world's most democratic Twitter experiment.' Adam Arnesson, a 21-year-old organic sheep farmer, is said to be the biggest star of the project so far, uploading photos and videos of life on his family's farm; while a female minister in the Church of Sweden and a Bosnian immigrant have also posted on the feed. The Swedish Institute and VisitSweden launched the experiment in December, which has helped to double Sweden's Twitter followers in the past month."
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Sweden Experiments With Public Twitter Takeover

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  • by bonch ( 38532 ) * on Sunday January 15, 2012 @03:34AM (#38704090)

    Cool! Let's check out the Twitter feed.

    "Open-mindedness often shines like a bright flower in a blurry landscape of prejudices."

    ...aaaaand it's as douchey as every other Twitter feed ever.

  • by G3ckoG33k ( 647276 ) on Sunday January 15, 2012 @03:43AM (#38704128)

    From the article:

    "Sweden is by no means struggling to attract tourists. Foreign visitors made almost 8 million overnight stays in 2010, up 28% from 2002. Stockholm in particular has gained from the success of Stieg Larsson's multimillion selling Millennium books, which are partly set in the city. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has just been made into a Hollywood movie, taking more than $107m (£70m) worldwide since its release in December. Fans are already flocking to Sweden to sign up for tours of the film's key locations."

    How do they advertise for it?

    "Get murdered in Sweden!"
    "Does your wife have a new life insurance? Welcome to Sweden"
    "Get a new scar, in an unexpected place"
    "Sweden - Lethally fun"
    "Get it done right, in Sweden"
    "Get raped in Sweden"
    "Absolut, Boobs, Blondes, and Assassins"

  • by artor3 ( 1344997 ) on Sunday January 15, 2012 @04:52AM (#38704338)

    Come on, that's not fair. I'm sure a random yokel off the streets could have done much better than Bush.

  • by PolygamousRanchKid ( 1290638 ) on Sunday January 15, 2012 @05:13AM (#38704402)

    Adam Arnesson, a 21-year-old organic sheep farmer

    So did he twit what he does with his harvested organs? Are they used for the stem cell fresh blood car washing therapy from yesterday?

    Prior Art: Doesn't London have a park where any wing-nut can stand up on a soapbox and spew nonsensical non sequiturs to a gullible crowd, who would rather be assimilated than think for themselves?

    I guess that really sums up the Internet today, actually.

    Democratic? Hardly. I never voted for him, and neither did any Swede. But I guess in this case, one twit is as good as the next.

    "Who's been sleeping in my brain . . . ?"

  • by stephanruby ( 542433 ) on Sunday January 15, 2012 @05:36AM (#38704442)

    Actually, this is a pretty cool idea -- there's not a chance anyone's going to say anything less interesting than stuff that would come from the Gov't. So hey, keep it coming!

    Unless those people were carefully selected, vetted, and choreographed by the government to be the blandest, most politically correct, most non-offensive Swedish people in all of Sweden (In that case, all bets are off, and you'll probably just want to kill yourself after five minutes of exposure to their feed).

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