Meet The Person Who Convinced The Internet He Was Giving Away $10 Million For Retweets

How a joke tweet as part of a bet for more followers went viral. “Well I mean you say free money in America and everyone starts jumping for it,” a friend said.

1. Update: 3/10/14 2:35 p.m. PT - Romano denied being the person behind @princessthot.

4. The hoax was part of a bet that Romano could get 10,000 followers within a few weeks, a friend familiar with the bet said. Romano was able to fake the $23 million PayPal account because he knew how to edit the amount that appeared on a PayPal profile.

5. The friend said @princessthot was a joke account Romano used.


“He’s had that [Twitter account] for a while. Most of his followers are from last night and the night before,” the friend said. “He gets a lot of stuff on Tumblr and posts it, other people’s pictures.”

7. The friend provided text conversation screenshots with Romano admitting to the account. When BuzzFeed called the number, a woman answered and said Romano was unavailable to talk.

8. More than 12,000 people retweeted @princessthot’s tweet.

12. Romano told the friend he was surprised by how much attention the Twitter account received.


“Well I mean you say free money in America and everyone starts jumping for it,” the friend said.

14. That tweet was retweeted 181,848 times.

15. Romano is an avid Vine user with more than 460,000 followers.

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