Researchers are using Twitter to locate time travelers. We’re not joking.


Every day we come across something stupid, but nonetheless interesting. Today we’re going to look at a few researchers at Michigan Technological University that are aiming to use Twitter to find travelers from the future. Apparently, the researchers believe that anyone who might have traveled through time would likely leave their mark on social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus. I wonder, who the heck is funding this madness? They must be doing it out of their own pockets.

The researchers began searching for evidence by scouring social media timelines for particular terms such as “comet ISON” and “Pope Francis” before these events happened on September 21, 2012 and March 16, 2013, respectively. They tried a number of other ways to draw out time travelers, however; all failed to gain them any evidence that these people-from-the-future are walking among us. Even if they are, I doubt they would be stupid enough to fall for such traps, but then again, we never know.

We never expected much of anything to come from this research in the first place, so it doesn’t come as a surprise to see the research fail. All is not lost though, because apparently there’s an image of a man from back in 1870 that looks like Nicholas Cage. Who knows, Cage might just be a time traveler.

[via Arxiv, image via Nexus Illuminati]

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  • etim

    [@JMJ] LOL! Yeah, that was a pretty great FTL prank Leo pulled on y’all– till he got busted and bumped back to where gags like that were considered witchcraft.
    To his credit, he did make some pretty decent paintings while he was there .

  • JMJ

    [@etim]@etim – Neutrinos have been observed to travel faster than the speed of light in a vacuum, so time travel is possible. Also, it is theorized that time is NOT like a river flowing only in one direction; i.e., to the future. Rather, past, present and future co-exist simultaneously.

    Next silly thing you’ll say is that Jean Luc could take James Tiberius. Nonsense. :-)

  • Eric989

    I am from the future and you see what happened is that Twitter, Facebook, and TweetFace don’t exist anymore and some of us were curious what it would be like to post tweets so we had to go back in time to do it, but those blasted Michigan researchers found us out because our History books in the future aren’t any more accurate than the ones you have today so we keep getting our dates mixed up. In fact, I think I made a boo boo because FaceBook and Twitter haven’t yet merged to make TweetFace yet. Anyway, because those researchers caught us more people from the future had to come back and tell us not to tweet or we would get caught. This is actually why time travel sucks. We are constanly going back and changing things and then when we return to the future things are more messed up than before so another group has to rego back and stop us from changing anything in the first place.

    It is really confusing also. I can remember tweeting but I can also remember the History Police going back and stopping me from tweeting so I don’t really know if I have tweeted or not. You actually better read this post before the History Police prevent me from posting it in the first place. This is so confusing and frustrating, I think I am just going to return to the future.

  • Ashraf

    [@etim] Tell that to Nicholas Cage.

  • etim

    Time travel is impossible; so-called “time travelers” therefore don’t exist. So stop pestering us.

  • JMJ

    If, five-or-seven years from now, human beings are still tweeting/Facebooking, “Here, look at me! I’m so inconsequential and my life so empty, please watch me eat sushi; pretty please.”, then I’ll personally start World War III to rid the Earth of the pestilence.

    Besides, I doubt that one of these anti-social accounts created in 2014+ would work retroactively. Plus, time travelers would, no doubt, have better things to do with their vacation travel-time than to open new Twitted or Facebork accounts, right?