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City Hall Employee Wields Major Twitter Clout

Even though graphic designer Calvin Lee (pictured) tells Forbes there’s no way he can presently afford Audi’s new A8, which starts at around $79,000, he was hand-picked by the auto manufacturer to test drive the car. Crazy? Absolutely.

Because Lee has managed to build up an unusually high measure of loyalty via his Twitter account @MayhemStudios, he is suddenly awash in complimentary product testing opportunities. Along with Audi, the hit parade includes Virgin America, Toyota and Hewlett-Packard.

Lee sounds as dumbfounded as Forbes reporter Victoria Barret:

“I’m not really sure why this all happened… It all feels a bit surreal, and I’m not sure where to take it,” he says. Lee is 41-years-old. He isn’t married and doesn’t have kids.

Even more surreal is the fact that on Klout.com, an emerging benchmark of Twitter influence, Lee ranks nine digits ahead of Oprah. Even though he has a long way to go though before he too can hand out cars to hundreds of faithful followers.

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