How to gain instant fame on Twitter

All you have to do is be on a ferry traversing the Hudson River when a jetliner ditches, snap the first picture of passengers huddling on the plane's wings awaiting rescue, post that picture to twitpic, be interviewed on MSNBC, and watch in astonishment as your photograph circles world.

Meet Janis Krums.

If you haven't yet seen it -- and that seems unlikely -- here's the photo he took.

And the message that he sent via Twitter: "There's a plane in the Hudson. I'm on the ferry going to pick up the people. Crazy."

Shortly after seeing the photo and reading that message yesterday afternoon, I checked Krums' Twitter profile. He had about 200 followers, a modest total.

As I type this some 12 hours later he has 2,352 followers.

His last tweet from yesterday reads: "I'm back in NJ. Going to be back in NY tonight for a few interviews. This has been a crazy experience. Thanks for all the follows!"

You're welcome.

Finally, here's the last tweet Janis posted before boarding that ferry yesterday afternoon: "Leaving the city, had a great day. Trying to beat the traffic. Wish me luck!"

Seems everyone on that river yesterday had their fair share of luck.

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