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I’m Going On House Arrest Until I Have 100,000 Twitter Followers

I’ve been thinking about the different tactics celebrities use to grow their Twitter following and position themselves in the media. I decided to follow suit.

My plan goes as follows.

I’m placing myself on self-imposed house arrest until I reach 100,000 followers.

At 84,000 followers currently, it might take four months to reach my goal. I’d appreciate it if you helped me out and followed, so I might feel the warmth of sunlight quicker.

Follow me on Twitter: @SmartBoyDesigns

I think it might work…

Share with me. What makes a good Twitter account? Who are your favorite tweeps? What makes them so special?

Update: Read the followup to this post titled Triberr Experiment #3: House Arrest and Twitter. This was all just an experiment in blog post reactions. I was very pleased with the results. Luckily, I never intended to put myself on house arrest. ;)

About the author: Blogger, entrepreneur, digital marketing consultant and recording artist. I make money online and teach others how to do the same.

52 comments… add one

  • Ryan Biddulph October 20, 2011, 11:13 pm

    Maybe you are a little closer to 100K Christian with the #FF shout I gave you today ;)

    Top twitter accounts share and engage. To tweeters RT, chat, ask questions, provide answers and stay in the stream. Reap, sow.

    Enjoy your weekend buddy :)


    • Christian Hollingsworth October 20, 2011, 11:57 pm

      Really enjoy those thoughts, Ryan.

      I see that to be completely true. You can always expect a grand, quality answer from top Twitter accounts. Or they’re just famous, and have the followers anyways. lol

      Thank you for your support.

  • TracyAnn0312 October 21, 2011, 1:00 am

    I think you would start to go on house arrest. You would be able to have 100k followers sooner or later as well. If you have the determination, for sure you will definitely achieve your goal.

    • Christian Hollingsworth October 21, 2011, 8:48 am

      The goal is out there, so we’ll see where it lands. It’s not about the numbers. More about the intense engagement that follows. :)

  • Jonathan Gaurano October 21, 2011, 2:06 am

    You are one crazy kid. House Arrest! It is my goal to get you out of the house. I’ve made it mandatory that my friends add you to their twitter feed. You will get out of the house!

    • Christian Hollingsworth October 21, 2011, 8:49 am

      Thank you for helping me get out of the house, Jonathan. It’s appreciated to know others care. ;)

      Have you ever locked yourself in your house?

  • Julie Hayes October 21, 2011, 3:48 am

    Having a 100,000 twitter followers is very impossible most especially if you are sharing lots of interesting and unique posts everyday. However, you do not really need to risk your life with this. I am sure you are doing a good work and you have much to share to us.

    • Christian Hollingsworth October 21, 2011, 8:50 am

      All joking aside, it’s simply grand getting to know everyone on Twitter. It’s so valuable. It’s entertaining. A place filled with learning. I’m grateful you take the time to get to know me better.

      Thank you.

  • Justice Wordlaw IV October 21, 2011, 6:08 am

    Haha good one Christian. This should be a good project man. You should have some fun being creative with this.

  • Nicole Humphrey Cook October 21, 2011, 6:52 am

    Brilliance. That’s one way to get to 100,000, though I wouldn’t be batting my eyelashes at 83,000 either!
    Clearly you have something to talk about, so people follow you to get more. Hope you aren’t stuck in your house for 4 months, but if you are, at least its during the coldest months? haha
    Thanks for a great post Christian, and to answer your question – a good follow for me (I check each person) – someone who doesn’t just promote themselves, who engages regularly with followers and helps to promote their tweets and who has something to say, not just “I ate a sandwich for lunch”.
    Great vlog and post ;)

    • Christian Hollingsworth October 21, 2011, 8:56 am

      If I’m stuck inside during the coldest months, that would make me sad. I love to dog sled, ski, snowboard and snowshoe. I just love the snow so much. What about you?

      Thank you for taking the time to answer the questions. Appreciate you elaborating on who you choose to follow. There’s certainly a wide variety of people, and finding those “matches” is of utmost importance.

  • Jonha (@jonharules) October 21, 2011, 7:36 am

    I just gotta love the sidebar which says “join over 100,000 followers on Twitter” – OWN it, own it, dude! :)

    Hey, my latest blog post says 100,000 Facebook profile photos. why not promise to convert all your twitter followers photos to a wallpaper? I’m sure everyone would be thrilled ;)

    • Christian Hollingsworth October 21, 2011, 8:59 am

      Appreciate the response and thoughts. I’m doing my best to OWN it all. There’s so much to enjoy in this life.

      I’m heading over to check out your blog post now. That sounds like such a cool idea.

  • Kristi Hines October 21, 2011, 10:06 am

    Hopefully the #FF I sent out helps you get to your goal quicker! :)

    • Christian Hollingsworth October 21, 2011, 3:40 pm

      I’m sure it will, Kristi. Thank you for your incredible support. Enjoy your hike and weekend!

  • Adrienne October 21, 2011, 11:18 am

    Okay Christian… Do I need to blog about this too to get you more followers? Heck, I only have a little over 5,500 myself so to me it’s no big deal. You don’t want just anyone following you anyway. You want to connect with those who are really interested in what you have to share.

    If you get stuck in that house for four months, how are you doing to meet with the producers for your album? Not a good idea my friend. Your music is a lot more important than 20,000 more followers. The rate you’re going, you’ll have that in no time anyway. Everyone is #FF mentioning you now so I’ll do my part too!

    There’s my two cents for all it’s worth. Let us know what you decide!

    Have an awesome weekend Christian.


    • Christian Hollingsworth October 21, 2011, 3:39 pm

      Oh you know I just like to be silly. I would never really lock myself up for four months. That would just be pure crazy! I just think it’s fun to stir up the pot, see who takes me seriously and interact. It’s fun. :)

      No need to blog about it. I’m not worried about the followers. They come when they need to come.

      But I do, however, expect to be recording some more videos. They’re fun. I’ve been missing out on that lately. :)

  • Vitaly Tennant October 21, 2011, 3:11 pm

    You’ll probably reach 100k in no time, since it’s on your mind. Your exposure has grown so fast, congrats! I agree with Adrienne, although sometimes it’s hard to keep up with everyone even though there are so many tools available. I just have my account on autofollow now anyway … as I like to show appreciation with the follow back. Needless to say, there are tons of strategies … and the one you’re using is definitely working!

    • Christian Hollingsworth October 21, 2011, 3:45 pm

      I’m just glad to know and interact with people like you. As I mentioned to Adrienne, this post is just to have fun. I’m not really going to lock myself up. Was thinking how funny it would be if someone did though. Let’s just wait and see. Maybe someone will! hahahaha

      I certainly agree with Adrienne too. Numbers don’t matter at all if you’re not connected. Not taking the time to connect, and you’re not going to get anything out of the relationship.

      Thanks for stopping by.

  • Mark W. Schaefer October 21, 2011, 5:42 pm

    I’ve enjoyed getting to know you through your blog but fail to see why you are “desperate” for 100,000 followers. How many of these people do you really connect with? How many are even real people? Why do you need to be validated by a large number of fake people who you don’t know?

    You’re 20. There is more to life than this Christian. Get out of your room and take a hike in the mountains.

    • Christian Hollingsworth October 21, 2011, 6:30 pm

      This, my friend, was the entire point of this post. To see who of my friends would be able to read through the “joke” and who wouldn’t. It’s been interesting to see who’s taken me seriously, and who hasn’t. Those who know me best know I can be sarcastic and jovial in that way. ;)

      You’ll notice a few posts, such as this one, that might seem a little “out of character” for me, but it’s all in a test to learn more about brand reactions, what people take as reality online, etc…The experiments have been very enlightening.

      It’s not about the numbers because of exactly what you mention – you’re not connecting with many of them. Love that thought. I wonder that myself. How many are real people? What percentage do you think are real people?

      Thanks for sharing, Mark. Without your response, I would never know what people are thinking! I think some are just too frightened to share their own mind.

      I think we’re on the same wavelength here. Just got back in from taking a two hour hike in the mountains. Got a little lost in the dark, and finally found my way home. It was an adventure for sure! :)

  • Christian Hollingsworth October 21, 2011, 8:58 pm

    Thank you for all your thoughts. Will be using some of them in a follow up post. This has all been just one grand experiment. :)

  • Tia Sparkles Singh October 21, 2011, 10:09 pm

    I don’t know you personally but the headline got me curious enough to click over & I cracked up laughing – you so funny! Here’s to 100K ;)

  • Stuart October 22, 2011, 12:44 am

    Well Christian, I’m glad Mark Schaefer said what he did, because I was on the verge of saying it myself!

    100,000 followers sure looks impressive, but so does a flash car. They both have great visuals, but underneath the flash, it’s the same person. That person could have 100 followers and an old banger for a car, and still be the same person.

    It’s what matters underneath your clothes Christian, that makes up life :-)

    • Christian Hollingsworth October 22, 2011, 12:50 am

      Love those thoughts, Stuart. I already wrote the “follow up” post in response to this blog post, but I was able to link some of Mark’s thoughts in that follow up post. Glad you’re both on the same page.

      I completely agree. I was just talking with a friend about this the other day. We might have talents, but without serving and giving to others, we’re still really nothing.

      Still waiting to see if others notice the contrast in this post, and share their thoughts. I was hoping people like you would speak up, and share your thoughts in response to this “joke” slash “experiment.”

      Have a beautiful day.

  • Stan Faryna October 22, 2011, 3:07 am

    I understand the need for speed. I understand the need to do epic shizz. My call to action, motto, and self-description on my calling card or business cards have always stated this strongly.

    1. Miracles on Demand
    2. Do amazing things
    3. Fortune Maker

    My sophomore year in college, I drove “non-stop” from Los Angeles to Earlham, Indiana (about 4,000 miles if I remember correctly) in 40 hours. Of course, I had to stop for gas and when I did, I did all the other things too.

    Also in my twenties, I used to do overnight powerpoint presentations for leading McKinsey and Anderson business consultants for their next morning presentations with Fortune 100 C-Suites. I ate the impossible like a snack and I was well paid for it.

    And I kicked off my first start up with a proposal to use online marketing to capture a niche market for APC that I had identified myself. It opened up an international market worth tens of millions per year. I don’t think I slept more than 20 hours/week for three months to make that happen.

    Um, I didn’t intend to write about me in this comment.

    I see you (Christian) killing yourself to be a social media rockstar. I honor your yearning for greatness as I mentioned on Frank’s tribute to you.


    But I do want you to think deeply about where you are going with all this awesome. Because I care about you.

    1. Do you want to make a lot of money?

    2. Do you want to change the world for the better?

    3. Do you want to serve God?

    4. Or, perhaps, all of the above?

    You don’t need all the answers right now. But you do need the questions that your heart may search them like uncharted seas.

    • Christian Hollingsworth October 22, 2011, 3:49 am

      I certainly enjoy the thought and dedication you put into this comment, Stan. Man. Wow. I’m just reading it over and over, enjoying what you’ve written. Know you’ve moved someone.

      I literally have been falling in love with all of your background and stories. Thus, part of the reason why I’m unalterably excited to feature your thoughts via interviews. You change with your words.

      Much of what I’ve been doing lately, is searching. Searching for what my heart and mind really wants to accomplish in my life, because I think identifying those questions, and then moving forward with them – is so darn important.

      Now let me just say, first off, that this post was most certainly a joke. Sometimes the sarcasm is difficult to read through. But that was also another part of my “plan.” This post was Triberr Experiment #3. A test of sarcasm, reading between the lines, sharing with others, first impressions, etc…and I’m just LOVING the responses I’m receiving. I literally wanted to see what would happen if I posted something drastic like this, and see what would ensue. Would people be upset? Would they see someone grabbing for fame as quickly as possible?

      Another item this post proves to me, is how many people care. You all care. So much so, that you’d be willing to share your thoughts to maybe deter me from embarking on such a crazy stunt. It would certainly be crazy to lock yourself up for a measly little following. Followings aren’t worth much when you’re not changing lives in the process.

      You’ve certainly identified some of my goals. Change lives for better. Do everything with God in mind (and giving me direction), and to be taken care of monetarily in the process. If anything, it’s that deep desire to serve God and his children. Always. To make the place a little better than when I left.

      That’s part of the reason why I have such a strong love for this new music album project. It’s rather exciting to be able to reach people through music. A talent, that I hope I can “give” back.

      So much to talk about. Loving this. I still have a lot to think about and identify in my life, but I know that if I’m surrounding by such outstanding friends such as yourself, it will all be okay. :)

      And yes, I’m doing my best to take care of myself too. I only spent a bit of time online today, spent time with some people I love, a four mile run, and more. There’s not enough time the day!


  • Benny October 22, 2011, 9:10 am

    So does house arrest include no showering until you get to 100,000 followers? I saw a guy at the mall with a beard growing. Overhead him say he’s not shaving until our NFL team wins a game. It’s been 5 weeks and counting!!

    Good luck to 100K!

    • Christian Hollingsworth October 22, 2011, 5:21 pm

      Fortunately I’m taking showers, and fortunately I’m not really going on house arrest. That would be insane. lol

      5 weeks of now shaving for the winning game. Wow. That’s some dedication, now isn’t it? I know plenty of people who pull stunts like that. It’s interesting to see how far they go! :)

  • Jimmy October 23, 2011, 8:23 am

    Well I better follow you, so can reach the 100k. :D
    Only 15k left, I’ll share your post hoping that some of them will follow you to.! ;)

  • Michael October 23, 2011, 10:36 am

    How’s the house arrest going Christian? Hopefully you’ll get to your goal very quickly. I am already following you so unfortunately I can’t help you there. But I can retweet this message for you to see if you can get some more followers!

    Keep up the great work on your blog!

    • Christian Hollingsworth October 23, 2011, 7:55 pm

      Thank you for joining in on the fun, Michael. I’m rather grateful this was a joke, otherwise I’d be going crazy by being home. Who wants to go on house arrest?! lol

  • Jeffrey Morgan October 23, 2011, 12:52 pm

    Hi Christian,
    I was going to say that there wasn’t a thing I could do for you, because I’m already following you, but come to find out that I wasn’t. I’m not exactly sure how you slipped past, but there it is ……… you’re one follower closer to “Twitter Bail” …….. now don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t go looking for the key to your ankle monitor just yet, but you’re well on your way!

    I’m sorry to hear that you are under house arrest Christian, but I give to you the example of Paul and Silas. They prayed and sang hymns until a great earthquake shook the jail and the doors flew open and their chains fell off. Immediately the jailer and his family were baptized.

    Hey it couldn’t hurt and you might actually think of making a kinda cool viral video on Youtube. You would then have all the Twitter Followers any Apostle would be proud to have.

    • Christian Hollingsworth October 23, 2011, 7:56 pm

      Video is so powerful. I love video. There’s a certain power to it. Video is going to be one of my main focuses over the course of the next few months. I want to connect with everyone on a deeper level.

      Maybe Twitter would sponsor someone, with an ankle monitor and everything? :D

  • Aj Banda October 23, 2011, 9:14 pm

    wow.. I never thought of that tactic… update me if it works :)

    • Christian Hollingsworth October 23, 2011, 9:20 pm

      i’m certainly not going through with the house arrest, but it’s been interesting to see the amount of clicks due to the title. One thing is for certain…catchy post titles are important!

      • omar October 24, 2011, 7:00 am

        haha, good. so you were just making a point about having a catchy title phrase. well I’ve certainly seen such examples and sometimes even better ones on yahoo answers. one can certainly use humor as a tool to attract more clicks.

        • Christian Hollingsworth October 24, 2011, 7:08 am

          Yes, testing headlines was certainly a part of this experiment. You’re so right. Yahoo! Answers certainly has so many great examples of good headlines. A great place to learn from and check out!

          • Aj Banda October 24, 2011, 9:28 pm

            hahaha.. this is really a great tactic still :)

            catchy lines and titles surely makes your post more eye catching. :D

  • Justin Germino October 25, 2011, 9:14 am

    Did you stockpile months worth of food or have people fetch it for you? I am practically a hermit normally maybe getting out 2-3x per week for 2-3 hours at a time at most. Out of a 168 hour week I maybe spend 6-8 hours total outside of the house.

    • Christian Hollingsworth October 26, 2011, 3:04 am

      I definitely have weeks like that too, Justin. Do you like being a hermit, or want to change?

  • Brock Blohm October 25, 2011, 10:50 am

    Tooo funny.

    I would be waiting a long time as well. MUCH longer than yourself.

    I just added you, so you went from 83k to 83,001. lol.

    Best of luck. keep on keepin’ on!

    • Christian Hollingsworth October 26, 2011, 3:05 am

      Thank you for adding me, for taking the time to connect, and enjoying the social media experience. It’s certainly a whole lot of fun!

  • Dan Martin October 25, 2011, 9:34 pm


    You inspire me. Despite being very successful you are still pressing on to expand your network and influence. Great job.

    I am not sure if this is the best forum for this question but where do you see yourself in five years? Follower wise and professionally.

    • Christian Hollingsworth October 26, 2011, 3:07 am

      Thank you for the thoughts Dan. I’m really trying to do my best and be my best, and you all push me to reach a little further every day.

      No problem with the question. Where do I see myself in five years? Well at the moment I’m pursuing a new venture in the music industry, and we have a team working together for my new album that will be out next year. We’re pretty excited about it all!

      So in fiver years time, I fully expect to be blogging here, talking about the experiences I’ve had in the music industry using social media, and performing my music for people around the world. I know it sounds a little crazy, but everything is lining up to make it happen, as long as I can get the support needed when the album goes lives. It’s all rather exciting.

      And thank you for asking. Appreciate it.

      Where do you see yourself in five years?

  • Chadrack@SEO Blogging Tips October 27, 2011, 10:38 am

    Hey Christian,

    Do you really mean you have 84,000 plus followers on twitter and still you want to put yourself into house arrest because you want more? Please answer this, are you being able to connect with all of those people? Are you truly engaging with them? I think a twitter following that you can manage is much better than having a big following that makes no sense!

    • Christian Hollingsworth October 27, 2011, 10:52 am

      Hopefully you read the follow up post, as I’m not really going on house arrest for followers.

      That said, it’s not that difficult to connect with many people. Although you’re not going to personally talk with each one, you still have the ability to influence – and they have the ability to influence you. For that reason, I respond to every tweet I get, and then I also sit on my Twitter stream for a while each day, and respond and check all Tweets that are being sent out to my Timeline.

      And for those that I really want to connect with, I have specific Twitter lists with a few thousand people I want to be close to. That way you have the best of both worlds. Your links have more views, yet you’re still able to manage Twitter as if you had a small following.

      Thanks for sharing!

      • Vitaly Tennant October 27, 2011, 3:23 pm

        You can also have private lists on Twitter, for all sorts of streams. Cool topic.


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