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How Chris Brogan and Julien Smith Tweeted Me: The Power of Connectivity

On Thursday, I wrote a post called Awkward Moments Experiment to prove that awkwardness isn’t so bad. I posted that I’d start on the day my classes begin, which is Sept. 19.

I had a few re-tweets from some of my readers who counted themselves in and liked the experiment.

Then something very subtle happened.

Sarah wrote this tweet to me.

She commented that my post was quite like Julien’s latest post on Guts. Fortunately, the two posts were published on the same day and ended up relating well to one another.

A few hours later, Julien re-tweeted my post because of Sarah’s tweet that @mentioned both of us.

It made me smile to know that he liked the post enough to re-tweet it. It also gave me a few more followers.

The following day (Friday), Chris Brogan also re-tweeted my twitter username based on Julien’s recommendation.

In one minute, 25 new people followed me. I gained many new followers from that simple tweet.

Unknowingly, she ended up connecting me to more than 50 new followers in a day, the New York Times Bestselling authors of Trust Agents (not an affiliate link), and that feeling that evades all of us at times: an elated mood.

It still makes me happy looking back on what happened.

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It’s a perfect example of how anyone (big or small, A-lister or someone just starting) can make a greater impact than they imagine.

Something as small as tweeting someone else’s work could create a huge impact. All of those things happened because Sarah gave one minute of her time to give that simple tweet.

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That’s why it’s so powerful to connect and share ideas with others. Even if you only connect with one person, that one person could create a chain reaction that spreads to so many other people.

Please share this idea, so others learn how powerful they truly are. All they need to do is share ideas and connect with one another.

14 comments
Chris Brogan
Chris Brogan

First off, you're awesome and your site is awesome, so it was just a matter of time. Cool things rise to the top no matter what. (And by "top," I don't mean that in some scary high school clique way. Neither Julien nor I consider ourselves popular, nor were we in school. Second, this actually exemplifies what we talk about in Trust Agents about connecting. Exactly what was done is what we say is the most powerful way to use your abilities. Connect. Connect others. Make all kinds of connections. Third, I've read like.. I dunno... 20 of your posts and find you so brave. I wish I could be more like you.

Bryce Christiansen
Bryce Christiansen

I know how you feel. Chris commented on a picture I posted of the new Superman on my Google+. Not nearly as influential or follower inducing as your story, but still interesting to know that Chris was reading my stuff.

Vishnu
Vishnu

This is going to get even better Matt - wait til you start on your awkward experiments - you're going to videotape them right and post? :)

Sarah Kathleen Peck
Sarah Kathleen Peck

Love this, love this. And honored that you linked it all the way back! :) My gratitude to you ... and of course, I'm SO EXCITED to watch you over the next few months and years. You have a seeming ease with your mastery of online connectivity and are doing it brilliantly - just as Chris Brogan and Julien Smith would say - you're on your way to becoming a trust agent. I love that we have the same sense of wonder and excitement about the social leveraging power of the online world ... you really can meet anyone or do anything. Cheers, Matt.

Lindsay Hunt
Lindsay Hunt

The power of Twitter is amazing. I used to be a Twitter hater, but once I started forming online friendships and discovering great content, I became a Twitter evangelist!

Mark David Robertson
Mark David Robertson

Amazing power in 140chars. My take away: keep doing wht you believe in. Most the time you don't get noticed, but when you do, be prepared. Perhaps the truest test of character is that we respond to acclaim and obscurity with the same gratitude and humility (?)

Purple Panda
Purple Panda

congrats!! that is really awesome and I'm impressed by Chris Brogan's tweet!