This week I’m sharing the story of how I came to write Twitter for Good and become an early employee of a strange little startup called Twitter. It’s a story that begins in the highlands of Kenya, where I first learned to tweet (and blog).
To enter to win a digital copy of Twitter for Good (my book on using social media to make a difference in the world), leave a comment answering the question below this post. Two winners will be selected from today’s post and will be announced on Friday.
I had joined Twitter on my brief stint home for Christmas, but Kenya was where I learned to use it.
Many a night you could find me, wildly waving my cell phone above my head on the roof of the orphanage, trying to catch a spare cell phone bar. Connecting my bluetooth dongle to my cruddy red-dirt encrusted cell phone, I tweeted with the world.
And the tiny company took notice, in 2007 publishing a post on the Twitter blog about some of the tweets I sent (on some days, it could take 30 minutes for one to upload). Within 18 months, I had an offer to come work for them in San Francisco, leading efforts to help others use the platform to do good in the world.
I wrote Twitter for Good: Change the World One Tweet at a Time for me.
The me in 2007 who had a tiny non-profit organization far away from the high rises of Silicon Valley. The me who wanted to change the world, but didn’t have the resources to do so.
If you long to use social media to build a movement, change a paradigm, or make a difference in the world, this is the book for you. In it I lay out my 5-step T.W.E.E.T. framework for excelling on Twitter, a model I teach and speak about around the world.
Watch my book trailer for an even better sense of exactly what you can learn.
And, today is your last day to enter to win a copy of Twitter for Good. Two winners will be selected and announced tomorrow. GIVEAWAY: To win a copy of Twitter for Good, just leave a comment below sharing a favorite tweet you have either sent or received or enjoyed reading in your Twitter stream.
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