World’s First Crowdsourced Twitter Story



At 19:00 GMT today, we’ll undertake a live cultural experiment using submitted tweets to construct an original short story. 

Launching The Short Story Hour,  we’re encouraging Twitter users to participate in the experiment using the hashtag #ShortStoryHour. Between 7pm and 8pm Thursday 25th September, we’ll be curating the tweets and building a coherent story in real time. Followers will be able to read the story as it unfolds on our Twitter page @theCrackedEye and via a live Storify feed.

We will launch #ShortStoryHour with the opening line: “Sandra could hear people behind the door, but no one answered #ShortStoryHour”. You’ll then be given free reign to drive the direction by submitting the next line of the story. We will construct the story by curating the chosen entries live in Storify. The final story will then be published in full after the hour.

Twitter has given us the power to be instant broadcasters. With the simple push of a button our words can be read by thousands of people around the world at once. We want to harness that collective creativity and produce a fun and exciting short story.

Many of us have fancied ourselves as authors at some point in our lives. We’re helping realise that dream, without the pressure of having to write an entire novel yourself.

We’re extremely excited about this project and have no idea what type of story we will end up with, but that’s part of the thrill.

To take part – simply follow @theCrackedEye and look out for the opening tweet using #ShortStoryHour at 7pm on Thursday 25th September.