How a porn star made a blog about Twitter more popular

You never know how connecting with someone will turn out.

I don’t investigate people who ask for help on Twitter, I just do my best to help them. Sometimes later I find out that they are people very different than myself.

This also happens when people share help or tips. I just say thank you, and credit them if I share their tips. I at most do a quick click to make sure that if I am linking to a site or social media account, that it actually exists.

How a helpful commenter helped create my most popular post.

Nearly a year after I wrote about how to make your Twitter sidebar transparent, a commenter wrote in with a fix for a problem some people have been having. They linked to their Twitter account, so a quick click showed that it was a real account (at a glance, nothing about it was remarkable), and I went ahead and updated the blog post and credited them with finding and sharing the tip.

Eventually, someone pointed out to me that my blog linked to a porn star on Twitter. I eventually figured out that it was the helpful person who had shared the tip.

The blog post they offered the tip for has long been very popular here, and has been gaining a lot in popularity since including the tip. Several commenters have pointed out that my blog post has the tip/fix while others elsewhere on the same topic do not. The extra popularity from the tip has meant many hundreds of extra visits.

I have found the same phenomenon happens on Twitter.

People very different than me recommend my Twitter account

When I see someone has recommended @TweetSmarter to a friend, I sometimes check out their tweets. It’s not uncommon to discover that they are someone I would be unlikely to otherwise have made a connection with due to our differences. It’s actually quite common.

If I refused to help people very different than myself, and if those same kind of people refused to help or recommend me, I wouldn’t be surprised if this blog or my @TweetSmarter account reached 70,000-100,000 fewer people than it has today.

You never know how connecting with someone will turn out.

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