This man’s Twitter joke about making a soccer game escalated hilariously



LONDON — There are plenty of football games in this world made by people who know a lot about the sport, but there’s always been a tragic shortage of football games made by people without a clue.

Until now, that is.

British game developer Dan Marshall — a man with a self-proclaimed lack of interest in football — has turned a simple Twitter joke into an actual working football game.

It all started in early April.

Things quickly escalated from there.

As the weeks progressed, Kickmen was born.

Soon there was even a trailer.

At this stage, Marshall is on to the finer details.

“I have no interest whatsoever in football, it passes me by completely,” Marshall told Mashable. “I’ve picked up some bits and bobs over the years because, well, I’m not a complete idiot, but I’m being gleefully flippant with what I know in order to make the game better.” Read more…

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10 Twitter Stories With Plot Twists You Won’t See Coming



“[Luke], I am your father.” That infamous Star Wars line is a prime example of how a well-crafted plot twist can breathe new life into any story.

We’ve been thinking about plot twists this month in Mashable‘s social book club MashableReads, as we read James McBride‘s The Good Lord Bird. As readers follow Little Onion, a slave who is rescued (or kidnapped, depending on who you ask) from slavery by John Brown, The Good Lord Bird shocks readers with a variety of plot twists, including the fact that Little Onion is a boy who is posing as a girl to survive.

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Show Off Your Writing Chops for B.J. Novak in Our Twitter Fiction Contest



Forget about the Great American Novel. Nowadays, people are arguably more focused on composing the Great Global Tweet, which is not something to be taken lightly. In just 140 characters, you have to communicate intelligence, humor, wit or, ideally, some combination. Some take the next step and compose entire stories in under 140 characters. It’s a challenge, but one we think the Mashable community is up for: This month’s Twitter Fiction Contest will give you a chance to prove yourself.

Author and comedian B.J. Novak explores a range of human emotions in his debut short story collection, which is also this month’s MashableReads selectionOne More Thing: Stories and Other Stories is both profound and hilarious, satiric and honest. Novak also challenges the conventional length of short stories; after all, in the 21st century, why does a story have to be any longer than a single tweet? Read more…

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George H.W. Bush Is Third U.S. President to Join Twitter



George Herbert Walker Bush posted his first tweet on Tuesday, becoming the third U.S. President — and the first Republican President — to join Twitter

Bush Sr. seems to have beaten his son, George W. Bush, to the service. The second President Bush does have a presence on Twitter via his Presidential Library, alongside several parody accounts, but no personal account

The 41st President’s first tweet expressed his sadness that he couldn’t be at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela in South Africa. Mandela was freed from prison, won the Nobel Peace Prize and became President of South Africa all during Bush’s single term in office, 1989 to 1993. Read more…

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Twitter Finally Explains Twitter



For the socially savvy, hashtags and trending topics are very much a part of the 21st century vernacular. For others, these terms may prompt a question: What is Twitter?

A YouTube video answering that very question was tweeted out by @TwitterGuide, one of Twitter’s experimental accounts, last week.

The video was published in February, but has fewer than 100 views, likely because it is unlisted and comes with the standard warning: “This video is unlisted. Be considerate and think twice before sharing.” You can only view unlisted videos when someone shares the link, as they are unsearchable. Read more…

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