One of the best things about Twitter is sharing pictures in real-time. Pictures from behind the scenes, pictures from abroad, pictures from the past. This week we have a number of Twitter moments of people sharing experiences and sharing photos in a way that could happen #OnlyOnTwitter. We have DC residents pointing the cameraphones at the sky to snap pictures of a space shuttle’s last flight. We have José Andrés finding Anthony Bourdain’s favorite restaurant in Singapore and posing with the chef. And we have a Twitter account dedicated entirely to plumbing the depths of the Sports Illustrated photo archives.
All of that and more, happening every day #OnlyOnTwitter.
#spottheshuttle takes over DC
Washington, D.C. residents left their offices in droves this Tuesday to watch the space shuttle Discovery, piggy-backed on a Boeing 747, circled the city three times before landing at Dulles Airport. Thanks to Twitter, even the folks who couldn’t leave their desks were able to see the shuttle from just about every angle in the city.
Giddy from proximity to space flight AND the Capitol. #spottheshuttle twitter.com/Shakespearean/…
— Rebecca Shakespeare (@Shakespearean) April 17, 2012
From the vaults of Sports Illustrated
Andy Gray at Sports Illustrated may have the coolest job in the sports world: he gets to dig through the archives of the magazine’s photos and share them on Twitter! His is a great feed to follow for any sports fan and a great example of how a publication can creatively use its archives on Twitter.
George Brett and Mike Schmidt enjoy a cocktail on the third base line during a 1981 SI photo shoot: twitter.com/si_vault/statu…
— Andy Gray (@si_vault) April 17, 2012
José Andrés goes to Singapore
Chef José Andrés took a trip to Singapore and received some travel recommendations from everybody’s favorite culinary tourist Anthony Bourdain.
@chefjoseandres Sin Huat Eating House in Geylang . The crab bee hoon.
— Anthony Bourdain (@NoReservations) April 15, 2012
NASCAR goes to the White House
The President invited 12 of the top Sprint Cup drivers to the White House. They put on their suits and ties and then shared pictures of the whole event.
The Busch’s at the White House. @Samantha_Busch @KyleBusch @Patricia_AFF twitter.com/KurtBusch/stat…
— Kurt Busch (@KurtBusch) April 17, 2012
Three Stooges answer dozens of questions
In anticipation of opening weekend for #TheThreeStooges @theseanhayes, @DiamantopoulosC and @WillSasso answered questions for fans who want to know Moe.
@playerDnikko #askthestooges Hours and hours of studying the original shorts. For years and years!
— Chris Diamantopoulos (@DiamantopoulosC) April 13, 2012
The lonesome cry of the Canadian penny
When the Canadian government decided to eliminate the Canadian penny, Steve St. Pierre began a Twitter account to tell the other side of the story— from the penny’s perspective. What began as a joke became a movement to donate pennies to charities.
I will live forever in your old purses and seasonal coats.
— Canadian Penny (@CDN_Penny) March 30, 2012
Jim Gaffigan hosts a comedic Q&A
Comedian Jim Gaffigan released a new comedy special called “Mr. Universe” and released it online, directly to his fans. As a part of the promotion for Mr. Universe, he invited questions from his fans on Twitter.
@jdshipp07 God i dont know but that stuff is so expensive. It’s like a tax on the pigmentally-challenged.
— Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) April 15, 2012
@TwitterMusic interviews artist @KatGraham
Twitter Music conducted an interview with questions tweeted by fans for “Put Your Graffiti On Me” singer Kat Graham.
Lets do this! RT @TwitterMusic: @katgraham Hi Kat! You ready? We’re ready! #askKat
— Kat Graham (@KatGraham) April 19, 2012