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Hey, How'd You Travel the World via Twitter, Paul Smith?

One man's quest to prove how technology enables ideas

- July 8, 2013
It's hard to remember the pre-social media era when folks called each other on the phone to give "status updates" and all the tweeting was done by actual birds. Certainly, there are some advantages to an uber-connected world, namely the fact that our ability to make personal connections is no longer confined to a single zip code. Just ask Paul Smith, who traveled from England to New Zealand via Twitter, 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.

Trusting people you know only online -- and strictly by some cleverly devised handle (Smith goes by Twitchhiker) -- may seem like an express route to the back of a milk carton, but Smith lived to tell the tale and parlay his tech savvy into a new career. We caught up with the author of Twitchhiker: How One Man Travelled the World by Twitter to find out why he did it and what's next.


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