You tweet it, they sing it! Sweeting set to be the next big twitter craze as 50,000 fans log on to see musical duo sing random tweets
16:04 GMT, 17 August 2012
Like lots of thirty-something professionals, business man Nathan Rous likes to pass the time between client meetings posting updates on Twitter.
One of his tweets this week covered a close call with some brown sauce on the train to London.
So far, so trivial. But the seemingly simple tweet was picked up online by Seattle duo Kevyn Smith and Jeremy Johnson who decided to make it the subject of their latest 'sweet'.
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Kevyn Smith and Jeremy Johnson want to sing your tweets
'Sweeting' is the act of singing a tweet, first dreamed up as a social experiment between the music-loving men.
For just over one year the tuneful twosome have sweeted 350 tweets from all over the world on topics including ex boyfriends, wine and Fifty Shades of Grey.
The webcam ditties are uploaded to various social networking sites and the wesingyourtweets.com site has had over 50,000 visitors to date (as well as making Kevyn and Jeremy a host of new Twitter friends).
The accessory-loving men record the various 'sweets' on their webcam and then upload them to social networking sites
They say: 'We Sing Your Tweets is a social musical blog experiment. We decided during a break from recording in the studio for our band David Hates Chico to write our own songs in 140 characters.
'Then we thought…what if we picked tweets we liked from people and made them into songs Now we feel like we are onto something and are building something that makes people happy and that is something we are really passionate about.
'It's a way to highlight tweets we love from people we love to follow. You tweet it, we sing it.'
Near miss with the brown sauce: The original tweet from Nathan Rous
Can I get a Re-Sweet: The Seattle duo let Nathan know that they have sung his tweet
Rous, founder of NPR, who fortunately was not wearing brown sauce for his meeting with Vanity Fair later that day says: 'I have used Twitter for a couple of years now – mostly as a personal way to express opinion and interact with friends and clients.
'When I had a message from @wesingyourtweet saying they'd just 'sweeted' my Tweet I was reluctant to click on the link thinking it was spam.
'But as often happens with Twitter, curiosity gets the better of you. I clicked on the link and loved the melody about my near miss with a sachet of HP sauce from these men who look like a cross between a Nirvana tribute act and McMurphy from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
'I'm forever telling my clients that there is no benefit in corporate one-liners or in shovelling out bland information about what they're doing. They have to be creative, be different and stand out from the rest, just like the sweeters.'
VIDEO: Watch Kevyn and Jeremy sweet Nathan's tweet