Happy Wednesday, folks! Jordan Parker Erb here.
Today, we’re talking about what may be my new dream job: ghostwriting tweets. We spoke with one tech founder who moonlights as a ghostwriter for prominent VCs, and rakes in hundreds of thousands of dollars — sometimes for a single thread.
Below, we’ve got an inside look at the lives of Twitter ghosts, a job that, in one ghostwriter’s case, is “60% shitposting.”
Buckle up, it’s a fun one.
1. Top VCs are paying ghostwriters big bucks to craft tweets for them. Twitter is Silicon Valley’s most important social club, and some investors are shelling out thousands of dollars to ghostwriters who can make them look good — all in 280 characters or less. One ghostwriter shared his story with us.
- This person — a founder of a tech startup — started ghostwriting as a side hustle, taking five hours out of his week to come up with original tweets. Last year, he brought in $200,000 with the lucrative side gig.
- VCs, on their hunt for the next superstar startups, must establish themselves on Twitter, and write the kind of content that will get the attention of young founders. That’s where the ghostwriter comes in.
- For anywhere between $100 and $100,000, he writes what he hopes will become “banger” tweets, securing the VC attention from founders (and of course, a big paycheck for himself).
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