Discover Your Future for 2009 – CookieSays Fortunes

First off, happy new year! I'm back from my short hiatus from blogging and school. I trust everyone had a good holiday week. I saw a couple of good movies: Slumdog Millionaire, which was one of the best movies I've seen in a while, and Benjamin Button, which was good, but not as great as Slumdog. I also played a ton of NBA 2K8 on Xbox 360. I'm not much into video games (I really suck), but the plasma HDTV I got for my birthday/Christmas almost makes me feel like I'm in the game.

Rate and Tweet Your Fortune Cookies on CookieSays

During the last few days of break I put together CookieSays. It's a toy Twitter application that lets you tweet fortune cookie fortunes and rate others. The point? Good ol' fashioned fun, of course. I don't know about you, but whenever I crack open a fortune cookie, that little piece of paper never fails to amuse me and everyone else at the table - no matter how ridiculous or incoherent. Now you can share them on CookieSays! Plus, it seemed fitting for the new year and all.

How to Tweet Your Fortunes

It's really simple. Just follow @cookiesays on Twitter and post your fortunes in the following format:

@cookiesays You will make a million dollars tomorrow.

That's it! Your fortune will appear here in about 10 minutes or so. In the meantime, rate other people's fortunes or just sit back and let the fortunes change on their own. Have fun! It was fun making it.

Now - back to work on my more serious project.


  • Iman Moradi January 6, 2009 at 6:24 am

    Happy New Year Nathan, Cookie Says is brilliant, nice one!

  • Happy New Year! CookieSays is a cool idea, will tweet about it.

    One remark though: the bright red background really hurts eyes. I suggest you consider to switch it for something darker. E.g. background: #600; will do much better, if you’re into reds.

  • I’ll think about it… as long as I don’t lose the cheap and tacky chinese takeout mystique :)

  • For more good ol’ fashioned fun try adding the words “…in bed!” to the end of each fortune. Doing so can transform the fortune to absolutely hilarious to downright disturbing.

  • @Rob or add “…_except_ in bed” :-)


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