A few years ago I noticed that a couple of different tools and services I was using at the time were offering the option to tweet when I engaged with them somehow. I was interested to try it out but I didn't want to clutter up my human-authored Twitter feed with a bunch of software-authored stuff that I couldn't necessarily control the timing or content of.
So, I created the @JCHThings Twitter account, and it's been a steady stream of activity from the Internet-connected devices and tools in my life ever since.
Sometimes it shares some bad news:
I weighed in and gained 1.4 lbs. #LoseIt
— JCH Things (@JCHthings) July 5, 2014
Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued June 23 at 2:01AM EDT until June 23 at 2:30AM EDT by NWS, via Current Watches, … https://t.co/nyChxADFKh
— JCH Things (@JCHthings) June 23, 2016
Sometimes it can be pretty boring:
14361 steps taken, 7.34 miles traveled on July 18, 2016
— JCH Things (@JCHthings) July 19, 2016
I spent 35 minutes running. 498 calories burned. #LoseIt
— JCH Things (@JCHthings) September 5, 2014
Looks like the dog is going for a w-a-l-k.
— JCH Things (@JCHthings) November 23, 2015
Mailbox activity detected.
— JCH Things (@JCHthings) July 1, 2016
In a few cases I decided it was sharing too much information (arguably an apt description of the whole account, I know) and turned those updates off:
Garage door activity.
— JCH Things (@JCHthings) July 25, 2014
Motion detected in the garage.
— JCH Things (@JCHthings) July 16, 2014
Occasionally I'll write software to have it post updates specific to a certain season:
Ho ho ho, the holiday tree lights are on.
— JCH Things (@JCHthings) December 19, 2014
Currently a 40.5% chance that Donald Trump will become President. https://t.co/HqbVZDGgev
— JCH Things (@JCHthings) July 26, 2016
(The Presidential election prediction isn't really tied to a thing in my life, but the number can affect my real-world mood for a given day, so it qualifies for the feed.)
The account has 10 followers, and I think only 4 of them are human. Other random accounts sometimes Like or Retweet the tweets, otherwise mostly it's just a bot screaming into the void. But I've enjoyed tinkering with it and seeing this weird connection between my physical world and my online world play out.