Archive - February 24, 2015

Meet The Robin Hood of Twitter

Meet The Robin Hood of Twitter

Being Robin Hood is often a thankless job.  Turns out being a digital Robin Hood is not only thankless but nearly impossible.  By day, Javier Castaño shines shoes in Malaga, Spain.  By night, he tries to give away the most valuable Twitter handles in the world to countries and cities that should rightfully own them.  We learned about Mr. Castaño from a great story by Caitlin Dewey on

If you could legally sell Twitter handles, Mr. Castaño would be a multi-millionaire and shoe shining would be a distant memory.  In 2007, when Twitter was a barren plain, the man registered Twitter handles like @canada, @japan, @rome,  @madrid, @riodejaneiro and more.  He didn’t try to make a penny off them.

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