Love World Cup goals but hate waiting for them? Follow this account

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We get it, you’re a busy person and the World Cup contains more football than you could possibly watch. Thing is, there’s a hell of a lot of pressure to stay up to date with the latest goings on from the tournament. Obviously, you could just use your phone to keep up with the latest scores but if anyone asks you if you’ve seen the latest goal, you’ll have to answer them with a resounding “um…”

Fortunately, the recent addition of gifs to Twitter means that you can get the best of both worlds, thanks to a Twitter account called Replay Last Goal.

The account is a Twitter bot that automatically tweets the video replay and animated GIF of the latest World Cup goal and has been built as an open-source project by Storify co-founder Xavier Damman.

“I thought of doing this Twitter Bot because given the schedule, all the games happen during working hours so I don’t have the time to follow them,” Damman told TechCrunch in an interview. “The only thing I could find were bots that were tweeting the score. But when there is a goal, I want to see it. So I built this bot during my nights.”

It’s one of the few instances of a useful Twitter bot we’ve encountered and the way it works is pretty nifty too: the bot continuously records a livestream with a 20 second buffer. Whenever a goal is scored, it pulls a short section of that video feed, generates a gif and tweets it out.

Check out some of its work:



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