Cleveland-native-gone-big-time Timothy Goodman wanted to do something special this Valentine's Day. So the illustrator/designer got a stack of index cards, a bunch of markers, and set out to send a Valentine to each and every one of his 1,100-plus Twitter followers. The result? A Valentine Tweet Marathon! In Goodman's own words:
On February 14, 2012, I attempted to draw a unique valentine for every single one of my Twitter followers between the hours of 7 AM and 7 PM. By doing this, I responded to each follower’s handle/picture/bio as seen up top. The plan was to draw each one on a 4 1/2” x 5 1/2” pre-cut card, take a picture with my phone, and tweet it directly to each follower, real-time. ...
... everyday I have many conversations with designers and illustrators on Twitter that never go beyond the monitor in front of me. In spite of this, I wonder how I can honor these virtual relationships? Can it be done outside of technology? And besides the typical gifts we give each other on Twitter — like a mention or a retweet — what would it mean to make an analog gift for someone who is following me?
The results of Goodman's marathon were impressive (hopefully he won't suffer any long-term wrist damage). Here are a few: