What is this all about?

In late August I was walking a puppy while listening to the Spark podcast from the CBC. Gizmodo's Joel Johnson was discussing with Nora Young about his experiment to diversify his Twitter list filled with "white middle-class tech dorks" by following a random woman who seemed to be different than him. Joel described his experience on Gizmodo in July.

This got me thinking about a way to make it easier for people to find strangers on Twitter, and how to make it fun. So in a nutshell, that's theStwanger.

How does it work?

When you authorize theStwanger to access your Twitter account via Oauth, it will give you an easy way to find and - if you wish - follow more-or-less random twitter users and open yourself up to whatever you may find.

When you follow a Stwanger, via theStwanger, that action is recorded and points are added so that we can turn this into a sort of game. Skips are recorded too and points deducted, so keep that in mind.

As your points increase, you're awarded new and outrageous mustaches, because there is nothing creepy at all about somebody you don't know looking at you from the shadows past a bristly stache.

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