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The Shorty Interview
with Hjortur Smarason
What's your best tweet?
"There's no c in the Icelandic alphabet. So when you ask for cash, all you get is ash! #ashtag #iceland #volcano"
What are six things you could never do without?
Passion, curiosity, mobility, freedom, optimism and my family.
How do you use Twitter in your professional life?
I use twitter to listen and stay on top of the latest developments within my field and to connect with both influentials and prospects.
What's your favorite Twitter app?
Twitter or Facebook?
Twitter because that is where I learn to know new people, not just people I knew already.
What feature should Twitter add?
I was always waiting for a gallery of the latest photos people posted. We've got that now :)
What are some words or phrases you refuse to shorten for brevity?
I try to avoid shortenings if I can. I try to rephrase instead. Good practice, acutally :)
Have you ever unfollowed someone? Who and why?
Loads of people. As soon as people start spamming I throw them out.
Why should we vote for you?
Because I'm passionate about sharing my travels and helping other travellers get the most out of their travel :)
Terms you wish would start trending on Twitter right now?
How do you make your tweets unique?
By doing unique things, visit unique places and share it with my unique twitter friends :)
What inspires you to tweet?
When something inspires me, I want to share it with others to inspire them as well.
Ever get called out for tweeting too much?
Yes, that happens, specially if I'm live tweeting from some event.
140 characters of advice for a new user?
Be curious, be authentic and follow people that inspire you.
How long can you go without a tweet?
Well, I've managed a week while hiking in Greenland :)
How do you imagine Twitter changing?
Better audio, photo and video sharing.
Who do you admire most for his or her use of Twitter?
@gislio who uses twitter for disaster management in earthquakes, floodings, refugee camps etc.
Who is the funniest person on Twitter that you follow?
Two of my favorite humorists on twitter are actually @dohop and @fantomaster :)
What is one of the biggest misconceptions of Twitter?
That it is chaos. Your stream is just as interesting and much fun as you choose it to be. Follow wisely.
Why should people follow you?
Because I tweet in person, I tell stories, I interact and I inspire.
Can you name some one-of-a-kind Twitter accounts that you follow?
oh, there are so many. I really enjoy following people who are following their passion!
How do you decide what to tweet?
I just tweet what inspires me - that is usually likely to inspire others as well :)
Why'd you start tweeting?
To connect with thought leaders in my field, with excellent results.
Has Twitter changed your life? If yes, how?
It has opened up doors to fantastic opportunities of connecting and working together with inspiring people from around the world.
What do you wish people would do more of on Twitter?
Check the links before they retweet. Just in case, so they know what they are actually tweeting.
How will the world change in the next year?
We've been seeing how social media has been empowering people. Now we'll see how people can handle that power.
What are some big Twitter faux pas?
Thinking twitter is an advertising channel. It's not! It's a communication channel.
What will the world be like 10 years from now?
Hopefully a world where information sharing has empowered the poorest and made the world more just, informed and equal.

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