Nifty: Smart Car Uses Hundreds Of ASCII Tweets To Turn Twitter Page Into A Stop-Action Movie

Check out @SmartArg on Twitter. Hit “J” on the keyboard and hold it down to watch a simple motion picture of a car driving down a street.


Now this is a pretty nifty use of a corporate Twitter account. Smart Car’s Argentinian division has filled practically its entire Twitter stream — which is currently 456 tweets long — with ASCII art images that turn into a stop-action movie when you scroll through them.

Check it out for yourself: While on the @SmartArg Twitter page, hit the letter “J”, which is the hot key for scrolling to the next tweet. You’ll see a simple motion picture depicting a car driving down a street. You can also play it in reverse by pressing the “K” button. Most of the tweets were written in late March, but the account just seems to be catching some viral popularity right now. The ad was conceived by the Argentinian division of global ad agency BBDO, according to Fast Company.

In general, stop-action animation has enjoyed a moment in the sun on the web…

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