Posted September 11, 2018 06:00:08The story of how I became the world’s biggest internet hero in 3 months begins with a photo of a photo I took on August 18, 2017.
That day I took a selfie with my boyfriend and some friends at a Starbucks near my home in Oakland, California.
I had been visiting friends and family for a few weeks, and I had a feeling we would be seeing each other in person for a while.
As I walked past the window of my apartment building and saw a large group of people enjoying coffee, I knew that we had a great chance of seeing each others faces.
I snapped a photo that day of myself, and that photo was shared hundreds of thousands of times on Facebook.
The picture quickly went viral and was viewed by millions of people.
Within two days, it had been shared over 11 million times.
Within four days, I had racked up over 200,000 likes on Facebook, and was featured in The Washington Post.
The next day, my Instagram account was featured as well.
By August 26, I was featured on Ellen.com and The Daily Beast.
I also received thousands of positive comments from people all over the world.
By the following Monday, I’d become the subject of an international celebrity trending hashtag.
On August 31, 2017, I took another selfie at a coffee shop in Los Angeles and shared the same photo on Twitter.
A few hours later, a man who was standing near the window with me tweeted me back, saying, “Wow!
I’m so impressed.
I can’t believe you took that photo.
I never even knew you existed.”
He continued, “I’m a huge nerd, and you’ve got such a good personality, but I can relate to you because you’ve been through a lot.
I know you’re still a good guy, but you’ve definitely made a lot of friends through this.”
I told him that I was very excited to meet him and share this incredible photo.
He responded by saying, in the same way, “You can’t be a nerd and be a big guy.
You’ve got to be a good person.
You’re a good, kind person.
And that’s what I like about you.”
He then added, “And, you know, I’m pretty sure you know me.”
I felt really happy for him and I asked him if he had seen my photo and he said, “Yep, I have.”
We then shared a few more photos, and he continued to share it throughout the day.
By day’s end, I posted the photo on my Instagram and Twitter account.
Within hours, the hashtag #MyPix was trending in the U.S., and my story was shared by hundreds of millions of Americans.
Within three days, my story had been featured on The Daily Show and The Colbert Report.
I got hundreds of questions about my journey and the importance of being an internet hero, and my followers quickly followed along on Reddit.
I was on the cover of TIME, The New York Times, Time Magazine, Wired, Wired Digital, and The Wall Street Journal.
My story was featured by NPR, Newsweek, CNN, MSNBC, the BBC, and more.
I received hundreds of phone calls and messages from people in every corner of the world, and hundreds of people were making my life so much easier.
The following week, I received my first Reddit gold star for my Reddit account.
I was honored to have received Reddit gold stars, but that wasn’t the only award I received.
I’m not sure how many Reddit gold medals I’ve won.
My Twitter account received a gold star, and now I have a Reddit gold medal in my photo.
The photo I shared on Twitter has been viewed over one million times and shared by more than 1 million people.
On September 20, I celebrated my Reddit gold, and posted a video on Facebook to share the news.
My mother and many other family members and friends shared the video and I received a ton of love and messages.
I’m so grateful to have met my story.
My journey has been humbling and inspiring, and has been a big inspiration for me.
I feel like I’m living a bigger life and I’m excited to be part of the next chapter.
I look forward to sharing more with the world as I work to help the world become a better place.
Thank you Reddit for helping me to get to where I am.
Thank You Everyone for Sharing My Story, and Thank You For Your Love!
Scott Tech Writer – Technology Writer, Tech Insider