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Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Bay Bridge Doesn't Move, But You Can Follow It (and Other S.F. Landmarks) on Twitter

Posted By on Thu, Aug 25, 2011 at 8:30 AM

The Bay Bridge on Twitter: 20,000 feet across but only 140 characters - NANCYESMITH
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  • The Bay Bridge on Twitter: 20,000 feet across but only 140 characters

Used to be, if you talked to buildings, you were automatically crazy. These days, locals talk to San Francisco landmarks all the time - and the landmarks talk back, thanks to Twitter users giving voice to everything from perky cable cars to gritty, raunchy Folsom Street.

They also talk amongst themselves. Buildings and hills bicker like siblings about who's taller, while the fog gets friendly with just about everyone. Often, their chatter lends extra levity to current events, like the earthquake that rattled the Bay Area Tuesday night:

@SF_Cablecar: You know what earthquakes make? Hills! :-D I like hills!

@SFBayBridge: O.O YEAH I AM NOT RESTING TONIGHT. #shakenandstirred

@Waves_SF: @SFBayBridge I'll hold you! at least your feet anyway

@SFBayBridge: @Waves_SF Aw, thank you. You're SO much nicer than seismic waves!

@Waves_SF: @SFBayBridge well, except for all that erosion and corrosion. but that's slow and keeping your workers gainfully employed!

Most of the folks behind these landmarks prefer to let their larger-than-life alter-egos do the tweeting, but several said privately that they love giving locals a chance to get to know San Francisco's hallmarks all over again. Here's some of our favorites:

Landmark: Bay Bridge

On Twitter: @SFBayBridge

Turn-ons: Cheerful banter with other landmarks

Turn-offs: Gridlock

Sample tweet: "On mornings like this, I wonder: would a truck dropping some coffee beans on me make me feel zippier, or actually just make things worse?"

Landmark: Cable cars

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On Twitter: @SF_Cablecar

Turn-ons: Friendly tourists

Turn-offs: Getting the Rice-A-Roni jingle stuck in its head

Sample tweet: "The Parrots of Telegraph Hill just flew over Nob Hill & waved at me! Hi Parrots!Ding! Ding!"

Landmark: Muni

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On Twitter: @sfmunitrain

Turn-ons: Writing haiku

Turn-offs: The scent inside a packed commuter bus

Sample tweet: "I swear I haven't been drinking. Those cables between Van Ness and Castro fell by themselves. *hiccup* #blackoutdrunk"

Landmark: The fog

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On Twitter: @KarlTheFog

Turn-ons: Singing (about fog), fog puns

Turn-offs: Locals who complain about the weather

Sample tweet: "Stuff SF People Like: Pretending it's never been foggy before. 'OMG! Why is it so cold? I swear it wasn't this bad last year!'"

Landmark: The Pacific Ocean

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On Twitter: @Waves_SF

Turn-ons: Videos about surfing

Turn-offs: Stormy weather (even waves get seasick)

Sample tweet: "Love when Sunday Streets comes to Great Highway. Feels like I have my own happy parade of friends! BTW, the surf sucks, enjoy your bike ride."

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