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How George Papadopoulos, CFP, Won Twitter

November 13, 2017

Handling Twitter with poise and humor was enough for one financial advisor to make a case of mistaken identity lead to potential new clients, the Wall Street Journal writes.

Financial planner George Papadopoulos shares his name with an advisor to President Donald Trump who recently admitted to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his connections to the Russian government, according to the newspaper.

When the news came out Oct. 30, Papadopoulos the financial planner— at the time visiting his mother in Greece — found himself in the middle of a genuine Twitter storm, the Journal writes. Papadopoulos, who goes by the Twitter handle @feeonlyplanner, took it all in stride, responding with humor, according to the paper.

“I never thought I will go viral THIS way, sad :),” one of his tweets reads.

Articles in the media about the mixup — and the fact that he’s a columnist for the Journal — helped him clarify his true identity, according to the paper.

Papadopoulos, who’d opted for Twitter as his preferred social media platform back in 2009, has gained 4,000 new Twitter followers since the mixup and was contacted by four prospects, the Journal writes. Unfortunately Papadopoulos stopped accepting new clients in January — but he tells the paper he might now consider taking on more clients.

By Alex Padalka
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