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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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The Real Reason You’re Not Getting Retweeted

Sometimes, tweeting can feel like you’re sending dispatches into the Internet abyss. After all, every couple days, over one billion tweets are sent across the social network. So how do you ensure that your tweets travel as far as they can? First, make sure you’re not committing one of these common rookie mistakes:

3. You don’t have the right followers

When it comes to Twitter, it’s not just the quantity of your followers that counts but also the quality of your followers. “The more influential followers you have, the more likely you are to get to retweets,” said Sree Sreenivasan, Columbia University’s chief digital officer and a digital media professor at its journalism school.

Your followers’ followers can actually have a profound impact on the distance your tweets can go. “Think about the folks that are following you and who are following them,” Sreenivasan said.

Get four more tips in The Real Reason You’re Not Getting Retweeted.

Mona Zhang

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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?

Mona Zhang

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

Kara Swisher on the Adria Richards Social Media Backlash

With 20 years of experience, AllThingsD’s Kara Swisher has seen more than her fair share of digital scandals. However, she says, when it comes to social media firestorms, the recent lashing blogger Adria Richards took after she tweeted about sexual harassment at a tech conference was an unfortunate one for all parties involved.

“It’s a terrible, terrible situation. Most of all, it’s an interesting issue regarding what social media can do right now,” said Swisher. “I’m not clear she should have published their pictures. I don’t know. It’s a great debate [around] what should have happened in that situation. When you’re irked by somebody in a car next to you, do you tweet a picture of them swerving into your lane?… But now you have these tools that amplify your voice. The question is how much amplification should you be doing?”

Read the full interview at So What Do You Do, Kara Swisher, Co-Executive Editor of AllThingsD.com?

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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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