My first tweet to hit 1M impressions!!! 🤯🤯🤯
A blow-by-blow breakdown of the [breakthrough tweet](https://twitter.com/jasonleowsg/status/1675089127841071105):
- I read this [HN post](https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=15659076) before, and recently re-read it. Resonates every single time.
- Decided to screenshot it and save it in my Telegram Saved Messages as reference.
- The story kept running in my head, kept thinking about it.
- A QT by @levelsio about GDP and hunger for success made me associate it with this HN post, decided to reply it there. The reply got many likes.
- Didn't know what to tweet for the weekend, so thought that since this post keeps running through my head, I should just tweet it out and put a close to it. From experience, writing and publishing it helps to close the circuit, stranegly.
- Didn't try to be be clever or witty or controversial. Or anything at all. I literally just wrote what resonated with me, and shared it. It didn't even try to give any so-called "value".
- It started slow but after a few big accounts QTed it it started to take off. Seems like it resonated with them too.
- Realised I started a Twitter war on class struggle, even though I never intended it to be. I guess topics like that just trigger a lot of positive and negative responses, especially on Twitter. It's got a life of its own now, nothing I can do. 🤷♂️
- Many replies completely missed the point. Some took the analogy literally. My top favourite is probably "Why does the middle class only get ***one*** throw?!" Like, dude, it's metaphorical not literal. 😂
- Survivorship bias is rampant even though many disagree with the analogy, when they said they're not from rich family/poor immigrant/family lived with dirt floor/etc but they made it due to grit and agency and all the nice sounding words associated with "meritocracy". A minority of outliers doesn't mean the system as a whole is equitable. In fact, I'd argue that rags-to-riches stories have become weaponized to maintain status quo of wealth stratification.
- Another reading comprehension problem - the HN post is "dangerous" because it affirms a defeatist attitude in poor. Nowhere does it argue for that. It's just plainly states high probabilities of success from having easier access to resources.
- Decided to not reply every single reply or QT to maintain sanity and stay away from toxic/lame arguments.
- Built on the tweet and QTed something more useful and practical on Day 3 – how [indie hackers can get more throws](https://twitter.com/jasonleowsg/status/1675818408385052673).
- Got maybe new 200-300 followers from this. I would normally be excited af, but most replies are from waaay outside my Twitter circle so unsure if the followers are even folks I would normally even *want* to chat with...
- First time seeing my tweet keep going even after 48h. It went out on 1 July, and 3 days later it's still going strong. Past 100k impressions after Day 1, >700k impressions after Day 2, and now 1M after Day 3.
- No fancy tips or tricks to share, no $999 Twitter course to pitch here. As with most viral content, you can never reproduce it. Only thing I will say that this affirms:
> Twitter hack: Spill your heart out and don’t give a damn what anyone else thinks. – [@LaddLaddLadd](https://twitter.com/LaddLaddLadd/status/1675235283036504070)
And "Twitter is dead", they say. 😂