Wichita was graced by an Internet celebrity last Thursday night. Paul Smith, better known as the “TwitchHiker,” spent a couple of hours hanging out with some folks at a tweetup held in his honor.
Smith is on a mission to travel the world in 30 days all on the gifts and good graces of kindred Twitter spirits. These newfound friends are paying for his flights and Greyhound tickets, giving him rides and putting him up overnight in their homes. He started 12 days ago in Newcastle, England. Last Friday morning, he was on his way to Austin, Texas for SXSW.
Smith is doing all of this for charity: water. Simply by asking the Twitter-world to donate, he’s already surpassed his goal to raise more than $4,000.
We understand peoples’ skepticism with Twitter. The idea of proclaiming to the world what you’re doing does sound a little ludicrous. But examples like TwitchHiker highlight the power of this simple site. (For more on Twitter, be sure to come to Thursday’s WAMA luncheon. It’s all about how, despite the challenges, brands are benefiting from Twitter. And yes, this is a shameless plug for a presentation I’m giving.)
For more on Smith, be sure to check out his website, where you can follow his journey and contribute to the cause. Also, be sure to check out the news story from KAKE – you might even catch a glimpse of yours truly.