There are a couple of things I love about Twitter. One is the opportunity to meet new people. Another is the awesome ability to play pranks on said new people.
So this last Friday, startup enthusiast, supermom, and one of the aforementioned new people @StartupPrincess announced that she was taking a weekend-long sabbatical from Twitter. Shortly thereafter, @RyanSMiller showed up with a direct message, enlisting my help to create a @startupprincess appreciation event over the weekend to create a torrent of tweets that she would have to wade through upon logging in at the end of her weekend hiatus. Because that’s what you get when you ignore the Twitter! After laughing about the awesomeness of the prank, we got to work, and here is the fruit of our labors:
But wait, there’s more! We enlisted several of @StartupPrincess’s fans and had them contact their networks and mutual friends, all of which started to tweet with the oh-so-attractive hashtag #spaw.
At the end of the weekend, the joke had spawned over 100 tweets and a large amount of goodwill.
Unfortunately (and fortunately as well, I suppose), it also became not a joke, but rather, a genuine outpouring of appreciation to a major contributor to our Twitter community out here in Utah. Needless to say, @StartupPrincess was thrilled about it and invited a bunch of us over to her house for a movie night. And they all lived happily ever after. The moral of the story? Sometimes it feels good to do something nice, even if it’s inadvertant. The end.