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Incredible story of how Twitter reunited best friends after 12 years apart

Published: 25/Nov/2018 15:22 Updated: 25/Nov/2018 16:31

by Calum Patterson

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When a woman posted an image of her and a friend on a cruise in 2006, seeking to get in touch with them again, she didn’t expect Twitter to track her down in less than 24 hours.

Twitter user @briannacry posted the image on November 24, saying “I need y’all to help me find my bestfriend cause I miss her and I need to see how she’s doing now.”

Compassionate Twitter users quickly began to share the post, which currently has over 90,000 retweets at the time of writing, but almost 24 hours later, Brianna still hadn’t found her friend.

However, perhaps in all the confusion and endless notifications, Brianna actually missed that the friend in question had responded a few hours earlier – 11 hours and 18 minutes after the original Tweet was posted.

The best friend Brianna was searching for sent back a selfie of herself holding a photo from when she was around the same age in 2006, as evidence it was her.

Simply writing “Heard you were looking for me”, @heii_tree send Twitter into a frenzy as she reunited with her long lost best friend.

It turns out that Heii hadn’t been on Twitter for years, but that friends of her recognized her in the picture and alerted her that an online search party was looking for her.

When asked how it came to her attention, Heii explained that she hasn’t “changed much in the time span between elementary and middle school”, so her middle school friends knew it was her.

Unfortunately, someone did try to spoil this wholesome moment by attempting to scam people, starting a GoFundMe to help them meet up – but Heii assured people that it was not linked to them at all.

However, a GoFundMe might actually be exactly what is needed if the pair are to meet each other again, as Heii explains she isn’t in a position to make a trip any time soon.

The power of Twitter reuniting the pair was noticed by some of the biggest influencers on Twitter, such as YouTuber Daniel ‘KEEMSTAR’ Keem.

If the pair do ever meet up, it will most likely be all over Twitter now that it is somewhat in the public interest, as one of the great positive outcomes of social media.

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Tetris legend Jonas Neubauer passes away aged 39

Published: 9/Jan/2021 13:32 Updated: 9/Jan/2021 13:58

by Luke Edwards

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Seven-time Tetris World Champion Jonas Neubauer died at the age of 39 on January 4 after a sudden medical emergency.

The American, an icon of the game, won seven of the first eight Classic Tetris World Championships (CTWC) between 2010 and 2017, finishing as runner-up in 2014 and 2018.

His influence extended far beyond his achievements in the game, as he inspired the competitors around him. In a 2018 interview with VICE, now two-time World Champion Joseph Saelee said: “I would say most of my gameplay is based off Jonas’s gameplay. I try to play exactly like him for the most part.”

Jonas was also a popular Twitch streamer, with 25k followers. Such was his greatness, he went viral in 2018 after accidentally breaking the then world record for quickest time to reach 300,000 points, achieving the feat in 1 minute and 57 seconds.

Tributes pour in for Jonas Neubauer

News of his passing was announced on his Twitter account on January 9. The message said: “He was the absolute best. We are devastated, overwhelmed with grief, and we already miss him dearly.”

The news sent shockwaves around the world of esports and gaming, with tributes pouring in to commemorate Jonas and his achievements.

Tetris paid tribute, writing “Jonas Neubauer was one of the greatest classic Tetris players of all time in skill, spirit, and kindness.”

Joseph Saelee, who stunned Jonas to win the 2018 CTWC, left a simple message that said: “Rest In Peace, Jonas.”

TSM chess grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura said: “I only had the opportunity to meet him once, but he was a very kind person who had a great enthusiasm for all games from tetris to chess and beyond.”

Chris Higgins, director of the documentary ‘Best of Five: The Tetris Champions’, described him as a “loyal son, great husband, staunch friend.”

One fan has created a digital card, free for all to sign, which will be sent to Jonas’ family, with the opportunity for people to leave a message to one of the greats of esports.