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What Should A Tweet Feel Like, According To The Apple Watch?

The designers of the Apple watch had to choose what the Twitter notification should feel like on the skin. Ew?

Posted on April 2, 2015, at 1:40 p.m. ET

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Wired magazine has a fascinating look some of the design behind the Apple watch. One of the challenges the team had was deciding how notifications – buzzes against the skin of the wrist – should be differentiated. The buzz for a calendar alarm shouldn't be identical to the buzz for a phone call.

Of course, there's the question of how a tweet notification should feel:

Apple tested many prototypes, each with a slightly different feel. "Some were too annoying," Lynch says. "Some were too subtle; some felt like a bug on your wrist." When they had the engine dialed in, they started experimenting with a Watch-specific synesthesia, translating specific digital experiences into taps and sounds. What does a tweet feel like? What about an important text? To answer these questions, designers and engineers sampled the sounds of everything from bell clappers and birds to lightsabers and then began to turn sounds into physical sensations.

[My emphasis added.]

Apple made a decision of what a tweet should feel like, but idk.... what do you think?

  1. What, exactly, should a tweet feel like?

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What, exactly, should a tweet feel like?
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    Biting aluminum foil
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    A tender fluttering on your skin, like butterly wings caressing you
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    Swallowing gum
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    Stepping into a bubble bath when it's just a little too hot
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    The cold feeling when you stay in the bath too long and the water starts to get cold
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    A backrub from a creepy stranger
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    A backrub from a fellow raver while you're on E and, like, right then, the beat fuckin drops
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    When you pee and it goes in different directions
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    Like getting a piercing and you come home and your dad won't talk to you for a week
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    When you go to kiss your grandmother but you accidentally turn your head and kiss her almost on the mouth
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    Sticking your finger into a individual pudding cup
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    When a rotating fan blows by you in bed on a hot summer night and you're cool for 2 seconds and then burning hot again for 3 seconds
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    When you manage to pry loose a bit of food stuck in your teeth with your tongue
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    When your crush walks by and says hi to you (notification for the fav button only)
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    Really satisfying farts (retweet notification only)
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    Showing up to a party way underdressed
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    The panic when you use a friend's bathroom and they're out of toilet paper
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    A hangover that's impervious to Advil
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    3 light buzzes on your wrist
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    2 long buzzes on your wrist

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