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How Twitter Helped Paul Smith Travel the World

Paul Smith

Just how much can you do with Twitter? Well, Paul Smith, more commonly known by @twitchhiker, traveled from England to New Zealand using only social media, and relying on his new “friends” to put him up for the night, feed him a meal and give him a ride to his next destination. In Mediabistro’s latest “Hey, How’d You Do That?” interview, Smith talks about his original inspiration and how he got a book deal from it:

So, you knew in advance that you wanted to take this trip but, at the same time, did you always have plans of monetizing and profiting from it? 

No, not at all. I honestly didn’t do that. At the time, I was a writer but I didn’t have any intentions of writing a book. A book deal didn’t appear until six months later after I finished. By taking the trip, I lost about $3,000 in lost work and in phone bills. So the point of it wasn’t longevity, and it wasn’t to have some sort of legacy to it. It was more to just explore that spontaneity of having an idea and technology enabling it to happen instantly.

Read the full interview in Hey, How’d You Travel the World via Twitter, Paul Smith?

Sherry Yuan

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Jay Mohr’s Golden Rule of Twitter: Never Respond to Negativity

Jay Mohr, host of the eponymous show on Fox Sports Radio, is closing in on 250,000 followers for @jaymohr37. Besides having such a large following, his listeners on social media are engaged and find ways to creatively mention his sponsors in their tweets. In the latest installment of Mediabistro’s So What Do You Do? Mohr shared why people shouldn’t live in fear of Twitter.

“I would say the golden rule of Twitter is you cannot ever respond to somebody saying something negative to you,” he said. “It took me a good three years to learn that, and, even still, I’ll start to type something and be a sentence or two in before I realize, ‘What am I doing? Why am I answering this person?’ I’ve blocked about 3,000 people. I’ve made Twitter this ivory tower of Babel where people only say nice things about me.”

Read the full interview in So What Do You Do, Jay Mohr, Comedian and Fox Sports Radio Host?

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Tracey Edmonds’ Twitter Fans Inspire the Launch of Alright TV

After producing hit films like Soul Food and reality shows for BET and TV One, Tracey Edmonds is looking to conquer the Web. In March, she launched Alright TV,  a family- and faith-oriented Web network, after bonding with her Twitter followers.

“Alright TV was born from my social media network, and the daily exchange of positive, inspiring and uplifting messages that I have through my social network,”  she told Mediabistro in the latest installment of So What Do You Do?.

“Viewers are hungry for faith-friendly and inspiration programming, and Alright TV has grown mostly through word of mouth, our online followers and within the faith community. We launched on Easter Sunday and already have over half a million views online.”

Read the full interview in So What Do You Do, Tracey Edmonds, Award-Winning TV and Film Producer?

Nicholas Braun

Jack Dorsey On Twitter’s History, Its Future And Why He Wants To Be Mayor Of New York City [VIDEO]

Yesterday, Lara Logan interviewed Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey for 60 Minutes on CBS, and, for fans of Twitter, quite a few little gems were unearthed from the soft-spoken Dorsey, including his ambition to run for mayor of New York City.

Dorsey speaks about the history of Twitter, and his part therein – how he came up with the idea for the micro-blogging network, why he was kicked out of the company he started (and how that made him feel) and how he doesn’t hold grudges.

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Twitter Co-founder Evan Williams Talks Early Internet And Obvious Corp [VIDEO]

Did you know that Twitter co-founder Evan Williams is from Nebraska?

Okay, have you ever seen a video of him pitching a “how to use the Internet program” in the 90s? You will now!

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Q&A With NASA Astronaut TJ Creamer, Who Sent The First Tweet From Outer Space

On January 22, 2010, NASA astronaut TJ Creamer made history.

Of the more than 500 astronauts and cosmonauts who have been into outer space, only one was the first to connect to the Internet and tweet from 250 miles above Earth. That’s TJ.

We shared with you yesterday the cool news that Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield was tweeting live form outer space last week with William Shatner, a.k.a. Captain Kirk. That technology was made possible by TJ’s groundbreaking tweet in 2010.

We had the opportunity to get some intel about the experience from the man himself.

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OWN Host Lisa Ling: ‘I am a bit of a Twitter junkie’

Lisa Ling has travelled the world throughout her career, co-hosting The View, being a correspondent for National Geographic’s Explorer, and producing and hosting OWN’s Our America. In the latest installment of Mediabistro’s So What Do You Do? interview series, Ling talks about how technology (and one social network, in particular) has changed her job.

“I admit that I am a bit of a Twitter junkie,” she said. “I really love being able to be connected with the people who watch Our America. Instant feedback and being able to interact with viewers is an extraordinary thing. This past season, I live-tweeted during almost every episode and I had so much fun doing it. Twitter is truly revolutionary.”

Read more at So What Do You Do, Lisa Ling, Host and Executive Producer of Our America?

Mark Luckie: Don’t Be Another ‘Social Media Guru’

For Mark Luckie, manager of journalism and news at Twitter, landing a social media job requires more than just knowing how to tweet or post a status update. In his interview with Mediabistro, Luckie shares advice to social media job seekers, telling them to show off their skills in a portfolio.

“Talk the talk and walk the walk. Have some really great engaging social media profiles. Some people say ‘I’m a social media guru;’ then, you look at their Twitter feed and it’s just a bunch of links,” he said. “So, it’s really about showing ‘What’s different about me? What am I doing on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram? How am I using the ecosystem of social media to really propel my message or the message of others?’”

Read the full interview in Hey, How’d You Become Twitter’s Manager of Journalism and News, Mark Luckie? [AvantGuild subscription required]

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TV Political Pundit Talks Landing In Twitter Hot Water

Roland Martin is a veteran of political pundit TV. He’s currently an outspoken political commentator on CNN, and works on the Tom Joyner Morning Show and Washington Watch on TV One. But despite his mainstream media leanings, he’s also pretty big on Twitter – and he’s realized that 140-characters can pack quite a punch.

Here’s Martin’s thoughts on a recent Twitter controversy between himself and Touré over the NBA playoffs:

“What always cracks me up is when people want to come at you and give you attitude, and, when you return it, they want to get all sensitive about it. It’s sort of like when someone calls you on a radio show and they want to criticize you; then, you hit them back and they get all sensitive. My whole deal is, “Why did you pick up the phone and call?” The way I look at it is some people can’t handle the heat. My deal is stay off Twitter or don’t respond to somebody.”

Martin goes on to explain how it’s still a valuable resource for stories and information, despite the personal conflicts that can arise from using it.

In the full interview with Mediabistro’s Marcus Vanderberg, Martin talks being suspended from CNN over a tweet, sensitivity in the digital world, and minorities in the news.

You can read the interview at Mediabistro.com.

HBO’s Jim Lampley: ‘This is the first post-Twitter Summer Olympics’

As viewers ready their smartphones and laptops for this year’s Summer Olympics, should NBC shift the way they broadcast their games?  HBO’s Jim Lampley, the voice behind a record 14 Olympic broadcasts and some of the biggest boxing matches in history, thinks so.

“I was recently at a seminar on the campus of the University of Southern California to discuss the Olympics and television. One of the biggest points I tried to make was this is the first post-Twitter Summer Olympics, and there will be a huge effect, because we’ve already seen the degree that it facilitates person-to-person contact, particularly between athletes,” he said in mediabistro.com’s latest So What Do You Do? interview.

“The energy of the [Olympic] village is now going to be changed from day to day by the waves of Twitter. It’s the most influential social medium, because of the spontaneity and the immediate wildfire effect it can create. A great lesson to us was watching the ratings for On Freddie Roach, and we discovered that over a six-week period that we could correlate increases in On Freddie Roach ratings to Twitter trending.”

Read the full interview at So What Do You Do, Jim Lampley, Host of HBO World Championship Boxing?

 

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