Monday, March 9, 2009

Twitter Up a Notch- The Twitchhiker

At times you find yourself browsing the web and happening upon weird, funny or amazing things. I don't know about this dude yet.

Fact is that his idea is as brilliant as Kyle MacDonald's idea. He was the guy who traded one red paperclip into a house or Karyn Bosnak's idea, who after losing her job found herself with $20,000 in credit card bills and figured she would need 20,000 peeps willing to give her one dollar each and her debt would be payed off. So she started a low-budget website savekaryn.com and payed off her debt and has since donated all the money people have given to charity.

What you need is a unique idea, that will make people go 'why didn't I come up with it?' And so it was only a matter of time before someone had a crazy wonderful idea involving Twitter.

Meet Paul A Smith aka , who on 1st March started his attempt to travel as far around the world as possible in 30 days, relying solely on the goodwill of people using Twitter .

Crazy much? Certainly, but also brilliant. He literally is the @Twitchhiker (maybe I love this idea so much because The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy also happens to be one of my all time favorite books). According to his last tweet he has boarded flight AA 4419 to Chicago from Pittsburgh two hours ago - having got there via Amsterdam (twice), Frankfurt, Paris and New York, among other stops.

He has five rules to obey, like he can only accept accomodation etc. from people that are using Twitter....you can read about it on his website and see his progress on Flickr, Twitpics and Youtube.

So if you folks wanna help out or cheer him on, go ahead. He will need it.

3 comments:

Melissa said...

To bad I don't Twitter anymore. I'd love to have a strange man come and visit...NOT! :)

Melisa with one S said...

That's interesting. I like the travel part of it...

I'll follow him (on Twitter, not for real) and see what happens!

Kat said...

Melissa Haha yeah that'd be totally weird but imagine what it must be like for him. His chance to happen upon loonies is much bigger. That is NOT to say I think you're loonies...I totally wouldn't want a stranger to barge in on me :)

Melisa I'd love to see you follow him around...you could go by the name @Twitchhikersstalker. Haha