The internet, despite any attempts of being “transparent,” will always incorporate a level of anonymity. Social media only showcases a final product from one screen to another, with the drafts and real-life humans always on the other end, unseeable. AndreyPopov | Getty Images Twitter , for example, makes anonymity easy, as we only see an icon and 280-character idea or fleeting thought, and for one freelance ghostwriter, that anonymity is a lucrative gig. The ghostwriter , who chose to remain anonymous, told Insider he made $200,000 last year alone by ghostwriting tweets for venture capitalists . The gig is strictly a side hustle and takes up merely five hours of his week. The agreement and rates vary from VC to VC — some pay him per tweet, some per month, and others have paid him $100,000 for an original thread to announce a big funding round. Still, the writer's side hustle begs the question: Why do 280-character tweets cost a fortune? Well, the writer explains that the competitive nature of funding has drastically changed over the past 10-15 years, and social media has become the new landscape for funders and founders to build a relationship and garner attention. “Establishing yourself as a funder is no longer a one-to-one format where you're building meaningful relationships,” he told Insider. “It's a one-to-many format. You're broadcasting.” While the writer's lucrative side hustle only occupies a few hours of his week, the practice is meticulous and calculated. His gospel: clarity, intention, and being […]
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