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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?

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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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How Mo Rocca Uses Twitter to Get Stories for CBS Sunday Morning

CBS Sunday Morning correspondent Mo Rocca gets a lot of latitude when it comes to picking his stories. From Columbus Day, to the Electoral College, to men who dye their hair, Rocca says his job “is basically like going back to college and taking only electives.” In the latest Mediabistro interview, he tells how he used Twitter to pick and research a story.

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On Its Fifth Birthday, Twitter Launches New Website

Twitter was hatched five years ago, but in these past five years it seems like some people still haven’t quite figured out how to use it to its fullest. So to commemorate its fifth birthday yesterday, Twitter launched a new website at discover.twitter.com to help people get started on Twitter.
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