Paul Smith (blogger)
Paul Smith is a British blogger, writer and former radio executive. An advocate of social media, Smith coined the phrase "twitchhiking" in February 2009 when he travelled around the world using the social media network Twitter.
Smith began his radio career at commercial station Alpha 103.2 as a 'presenter and dogsbody' before moving to Metro Radio and then 96.6 TFM, where he presented football show "90 Minutes". He left for the BBC as a Programmes Editor in BBC Local Radio before joining BBC Radio 7 as Executive producer. At BBC Radio Manchester, he launched and produced the Terry Christian breakfast show, before moving to Galaxy Yorkshire as the producer of Hirsty's Daily Dose. Smith then joined 100-102 Century Radio as Programme Controller, before leaving in September 2007.
In February 2009, Smith launch the Twitchhiker Project, an attempt to travel "as far around the world as possible in 30 days, relying only on the goodwill of people using the social media network Twitter." The rules of the project meant Smith could spend no money on transport or accommodation, he only accept offers of help through Twitter, his travel plans could only be made up to three days in advance and if he was stranded anywhere for longer than 48 hours, Smith had to abandon his journey.
After thirty days and with the aid of over 11,000 Twitter followers, Smith had travelled as far as Stewart Island in New Zealand, raising over £5,000 for charity: water. His intended destination had been Campbell Island, several hundred miles further south.
The project was covered by media around the world, including Good Morning America and the Los Angeles Times in the US, the BBC, The Sun and This Morning in the UK as well as numerous tech blogs and other media outlets. Smith has since presented to seminars and events about the project and how social media can benefit business.
As a writer, Smith has contributed to both the travel and media sections of The Guardian, as well as writing for satirical site Holy Moly and 3sacrowd.com. He is currently the co-editor of consumer blog Bitterwallet.com.
In November 2009, Smith announced he had been contracted by Summersdale Publishing to write a book based on Twitchhiker. The book, Twitchhiker, was released in May 2012.
- "Around the World, Merry Christmas". Twitchhiker: Paul Smith's Travel Tales from Here and There. 2009-12-24. Retrieved 2010-01-21.
- "Paul Smith goes back to the NE". Radio Today. 2006-10-31. Retrieved 2010-01-21.
- "The Twitchhiker Project". Twitchhiker: Paul Smith's Travel Tales from Here and There. 2009-02-02. Retrieved 2010-01-21.
- "Thinking Digital University live blog". 2009-05-13. Retrieved 2010-01-21.
- "News in brief: Reshuffle for radio stars". The Northern Echo. 2003-01-03. Retrieved 2010-01-21.
- "Paul Smith's professional profile on Linked In". Paul Smith. 2010-01-21. Retrieved 2010-01-21.
- "Day 29/30 - Journey's End?". Twitchhiker: Paul Smith's Travel Tales from Here and There. 2009-03-31. Retrieved 2010-01-21.
- "Media". Twitchhiker: Paul Smith's Travel Tales from Here and There. 2009-04-07. Retrieved 2010-01-21.
- "Social media: beyond the hype". Think and a Drink. 2010-11-23. Retrieved 2010-01-21.
- Smith, Paul (2009-06-29). "Guardian.co.uk profile". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2010-01-21.
- "journalism.co.uk profile". Journalism.co.uk. 2010-01-21. Retrieved 2010-01-21.
- "Getting to know you, getting to know all about you…". Bitterwallet.com. 2010-01-21. Retrieved 2010-01-21.
- "Twitchhiker, The Book - ETA Summer 2010". Twitchhiker: Paul Smith's Travel Tales from Here and There. 2010-11-23. Retrieved 2010-01-21.