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Pentametron, robot poet of Twitter

Why do pairs of random musings make for such weird, delightful verse?

One day last month, a young woman who goes by the nom-de-tweet ­@luisluis informed the world that she is no skinflint when it comes to tipping. The same day, another Twitter user, @Maria_ThatGirl, revealed that she is currently looking for romance. Good to know, right?

As of last year, there were about 500 million people on Twitter, posting a combined 400 million or so tweets a day. Along with all the important stuff on the site—breaking news, celebrity pratfalls—there is the endless rat-a-tat of idle thought. If Twitter has given us a glimpse into the collective consciousness, it looks a lot like someone staring out the window of a bus.

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