If #twitter could speak, this is what it would sound like


Twitter’s emphasis on text has me of two minds. As someone who’s been on the receiving end of harassment, I appreciate the power to skim a message and quickly remove it from my sight. On the other hand, sometimes Twitter is a lonely service: a way to communicate with people without the comfort of hearing someone’s voice.

That’s part of what drew me to Postconscious, a web experiment that brings speech to the platform.

Berlin-based designer and developer Andrew McCarthy created the site. It pulls posts from the platform, sans handle or urls, on whatever topic you search and reads them back via Speech Cloud’s text-to-speech. McCarthy, who describes himself as being drawn to technology but “very weary of it,” is fascinated by the idea of s…

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