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Life in 140

Life in 140
Louis and Sean with their new website.
Wednesday 6th April 2011 by C. Freeman

Teen tycoons Sean Spooner and Louis Porter have taken up a business challenge and set up an innovative website in just two hours! They masterminded ‘Life in 140’ which is accessed via a hash tag on Twitter and enables people to tell their life stories in just 140 keyboard characters.

Just hours after its launch the site already had more than 100 submissions including one from Apprentice finalist Claire Young, BBC reporter Phil Lavelle and Jason Bradbury, the presenter from the Gadget Show, had pronounced it ‘cool’. ' Students can contribute by making their own tweets by using #lifein140. Sean and Louis hope the site will become increasingly popular and their ultimate goal is to have Stephen Fry or Alan Sugar take up the 140-character task.

Sean said: ‘We were inspired by the Tenner Tycoon Challenge which gets students to set up businesses for £10. We thought the most obvious thing you can do with a tenner is buy a domain name and market it on Facebook and Twitter. Miss Ryan set us the challenge of setting a business up within a week and we had done it within a couple of hours!

‘Basically we have had friends contributing and we are going to market it through a few tech websites who pick up on things like this. As far as we know ‘Life in 140’ hasn’t been done before and our aim now is to be listed in the top five of ‘trending in the UK’ on Twitter before next Monday’s lesson!’

The duo, who have already set up their own Corby magazine and won awards are yet again showing their entrepreneurial spirit, especially since the domain name only cost them £6!

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