The Hourly Kitten Twitter account, @hourlykitten, aims to provide you with one properly attributed, Creative Commons licensed, and mind-numbingly adorable kitten image, once an hour, on the hour.
Hourly Kitten was created by Dan and Jeremy Bornstein — Dan's idea, Jeremy's code, Dan's kitten curation — over the course of a few days in May and June of 2014.
The impetus for the account was that Dan's previous favorite Twitter source of kittens started posting way too many commercial links. Dan likes kittens, and particularly found that he likes using pictures of kittens as a way to punctuate his Twitter feed (helping him not lose his place when trying to consume his feed in toto). So, he wanted to have a better source of kittens, with a reasonably memorable (and stately) pace. Hence, @hourlykitten!
Kitten curation is an ongoing activity. It takes approximately one minute (amortized) to pick, acquire, and properly document each image. So, in order to have a full year's worth of un-repeated images (24 * 365 = 8,760 images), it would take about 146 hours. That's equivalent to a full-time job (of 40 hours per week) for about a month. Suffice it to say that there are many fewer images in the kittenbase than that; however, we aspire to keep up with the curation such that you won't get tired of the selection, and that you will always have at least a few new images to look forward to seeing every day.
Do you have (access to) a cute kitten who needs more exposure on Twitter? If so, here are the steps to follow:
Hourly Kitten is strictly an off-hours project, so it may take a while for your pictures to get included. Dan looks at each picture, and he may not accept yours. (Sorry.)
Beyond licensing, here are the basic criteria:
Thanks in advance for your submissions!
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