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Friday, March 19, 2010

Choose Your Own Adventure! On Twitter.

Posted By on Fri, Mar 19, 2010 at 12:36 PM


Remember the Choose Your Own Adventure series? If you do, skip to the third paragraph. If you don't, read on.
 

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CYOA was a book series with a non-linear structure that allowed you to explore multiple possible endings via making your own decisions as per what the protagonist should do. Yes, it was awesome. No, I'm not sure why you've never heard of it. Perhaps you weren't born yet. Or perhaps you've been living under a rock. But I digress.
 

Jonah Peretti , of Buzzfeed and Huffington Post fame, started his own little game of Choose Your Own Adventure on Twitter. In lieu of page numbers, he uses descriptive bit.ly links you can click on to make your decisions for the protagonist (which is you, in this case).
 

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At the start of the game, you're "assigned a dangerous mission to save the world!" The ending of your adventure depends on the series of choices you make from there ("accept mission" or "go on vacation," and so on.) We died on our first try, but then played the game again and survived. That's totally not cheating. I promise.
 

We hope this is a sign of more Twitter game innovation to come. Chris Sacca, Twitter investor and adventure fiend (who recently bicycled across the US), tweeted earlier, "Jonah @peretti is the most inventive Twitterer in the world". We kinda have to agree with him there. At least until the next inventive thing comes along.
 

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