Tweeting from the most unexpected places

Slashdot is reporting that IBM has recently filed a patent for a television remote control that links to social networking websites, such as Twitter and Facebook, and posts to your blog (or microblog) what you are currently watching.

Is this social-networking gone mad? Or does this have some sort of practical application?

Are we looking at a future where our Internet-enabled fridges tweet that ‘the milk is out of date’? Will our washing machines be able to blog that ‘the red cap ruined all the whites’? And how will this information be used by those who receive it?