Tweeting for Beer at The Austria Vancouver Club

Yesterday, I was at the Austria Vancouver Club for its annual summer festival. Located in Richmond, the Austria Club is a place for Austrian nationals to hang out. It’s also a place where time stands still. The average age of club member is like 100+ and getting older everyday. The music, dance and food hasn’t changed in a million years. Saddest part of all. The club members have no idea what Twitter is.

The nice thing about attending the Austria Club summer shin ding is the food is good and they have Gรถsser beer. It was actually a great place eat, relax and watch the World Cup final, which was being projected onto the big screen in the main dining hall.

As I said before, the Austria Club is pretty backward technology wise. I tried to explain what Twitter was to a few people and they just didn’t get it. Finally, I just told them that it’s a place to get beer money and demoed it by sending out this tweet.

Tweeting for beer

After a while, I logged into my PayPal account and found $141 of beer money sent by Melvin Dichoso, Baker The Brand, Linda Toqe, Duane Storey, Durana Layman, Andrew Belakley, and Anonymous.

Tweeting for beer results

I showed this to the Austrian nationals thinking this will finally show them the power of social media. Their reply was, “What’s PayPal?”

Some days, I just can’t win.

56 thoughts on “Tweeting for Beer at The Austria Vancouver Club”

  1. Actually, John, you did win. In a big way. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Keep up the great work!

  2. d3so says:

    This saddens me to know that there are people who don’t care about social media. It’s the immediate news at your fingertips plus you get to connect with people.

    LOL, Duane sent $20 CAD. Way to pennysave ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. It’s saddens me that there are people in the world that don’t have anything to eat…but in many cases they can’t help it…on the other had, these people can help it and don’t…no feeling sorry for that here…

      1. d3so says:

        Sooner or later they’ll have to embrace it if they wish to grow. I bet you have to pay cash at their place, no checks or cards.

        1. John Chow says:

          Yep, cash only!

          1. Gotta love those places…there a couple like that here in San Francisco if you can believe it…

          2. d3so says:

            Frisco has a high rate of immigrants, I’m not surprised. Even in LA there are stores & restaurants like that.

          3. Sooner or later they will also learn about the latest technology.

    2. Duane Storey says:

      John’s lives in Canada. I live in Canada. Paying in USD never even crossed my mind.

      1. d3so says:

        lol, is your default currency set @ CAD?

      2. If and when the rate of CAD dollar is more than the greenback I think that it will cross your mind whenever you can pay that way.

        But you’re right, when in Canada people expect the loonies.

    3. It’s possible to live without social media quite well when you’re retired and have a fat pention. These folks communicate face to face and have no real need for virtual stuff.

      They are lucky to live a simple life and I don’t see any need to feel sorry for them.

      1. If you think Generation Y will retire without their video games, laptops, and facebook accounts still active, I think you’re kidding yourself. There’s definitely a generational technology gap developing and I just can’t see the retirement of 20 year olds now being the same as the retirement our parents and grandparents are enjoying now.

      2. Bidet says:

        That is very true, they do business face to face and don’t need payment sites to conduct their business. Im sure there are a lot of people like that who don’t use the internet much.

  3. jajajaa, so you gave them a crash course on Twitter huh…and money was made…nice!

  4. Gotta love the life of an Internet Celebrity…

    1. Jason says:

      I bet that was fun!

      1. Simple one tweet and you can arrange beer for 10 days.

  5. ROFL

    What a funny story. The tweet and paypal money shows the power and influence of JohnChow, and not just social media lol

    “I showed this to the Austrian nationals thinking this will finally show them the power of social media. Their reply was, โ€œWhatโ€™s PayPal?โ€


    1. d3so says:

      Lol, EPIC FAIL! don’t you agree?
      This would’ve been much more hilarious if it was on video.

      1. Yeah, I’m sure john had a video camera with him…shame he didn’t pull it out

        1. The folks there would likely think it impolite if he was filming at the same time as explaining the wonders of twitter.

  6. S Ahsan says:

    LMAO! this is really hilarious! And no doubt, the best way to get free beer, I might have sent some $$ if i came across your tweet earlier.. Anyways, you can still get drunk for a week with the cash you have received ;).. cheers

    1. d3so says:

      For real! He probably bought everyone there a beer.

      1. he probably showed them enough about social media to earn them enough for their own beers…doubt they will use it though

        1. d3so says:

          They didn’t even know what paypal is. I bet John gave up at that point.

          1. Bidet says:

            Haha trying to explain what Twitter is and then using a site they don’t know about to say it worked, that was really funny.

  7. On an unrelated note, I am facing some ‘slow browsing’ issue on

    Sometimes when I access, it loads after a long time. And sometimes my comment also takes a while to load (after I press submit, it keeps loading for 4 minutes and then finally appears). Anyone else facing this type of problem?

    1. d3so says:

      I get it when I post a comment. The page gets stuck trying to load so I just stop it and click post comment again and the page loads fine.

  8. John
    Is there anything you do that doesn’t make money?

    1. d3so says:

      lol he’s got the Midas touch everything touches turns to gold ๐Ÿ˜‰

      1. sounds kinda funny…but i would agree…he is def business oriented.

      2. Lakhyajyoti says:

        Nice quote.Cent percent matches with John.

  9. Baker says:

    Excellent real proof on this post about the power of social media, with tools such as Twitter. After reading some of your blog posts, I am implementing successfully great ways to earn real passive income online. It is a fun process. Great post John !


  10. Marek says:

    Haha, a true horror story from the front lines of the social media revolution! Really a cool demo of the power of social media, but it’s a shame they didn’t get it.

    On the other hand maybe it’s a good thing, because if they did they’d never be sober again!

  11. At such place you never know whether you are advanced person or backward one … lollzz

    1. If you don’t speak their language you are likely a backward one.

      Buying them a beer makes you almost equal after a while.

      1. Well language is not bar my friend … here we are talking about knowledge

  12. Jason says:

    That was absolutely genius! I seen your tweet on twitter yesterday and thought it was crazy but smart!

    I just started my own blog and I have found your site to be of tremendous value. I found your site through a podcast that you did for

    Thanks for all the knowledge that you offer to the people getting started in this profession.


  13. Melvin says:

    Damn! I thought I was the one who paid the highest amount of money.. heheh.. maybe next time someone who pays the most must stand out from the rest.. maybe his name in bold letters. what do you think John?

  14. I can’t believe you made that much money just by asking for it on twitter! It reminds me of that ebay post where they sold nothing and actually made money off the sale.

    1. Lakhyajyoti says:

      Only John Chow can do that.

  15. Hm, I should try that one on twitter one day, but I fear my 1000+ followers will not be so generous. BTW, in your tweet you insulted the Austrians, you called them GERMANS (rofl), SY

    1. He must have meant the language which they speak which is kind of German. At least they learn it at school and it is spoken officially in Austria although a friend of mine from there told me about the different dialects that are still alive in some villages that use words the High German speaking people wouldn’t recognize at all.

      1. Kind of German really nails it lol, I am German, as you know, and I have problems sometimes to understand the Austrians ๐Ÿ˜‰ SY

  16. djembe says:

    That’s some good beer money! Enough to drink quite a few, then even get a taxi ride home.

    1. Lakhyajyoti says:

      Really good money.John you are great.

      1. Thats the benefit of being famous and having 56K+ followers (its decreasing John)

  17. Gigantico says:

    Gรถsser, pfff get some f**kin’ stiegl from salzburg dude, that shit’s ways better

    1. Petra says:

      I’m amazed people pay you their hard earned dollars for being such an ignoramus (I’m assuming you know how to look that up). The Austria Vancouver Club is about peoples’ culture and heritage; I am much less than 100 years old, along with a great many of the members of the executive of the Austria Vancouver Club – you might want to check your facts – but then again, you can post unchecked, erroneous information all over and people don’t know the difference these days, so why bother wasting your “precious” time?
      Long and the short of it is – if you think it sucks so much that all you can do is make derogatory comments, why do you go? Stay home and spew your filth about someone else. I wonder what would happen if someone wanted to be as insulting about YOUR culture?

      1. John Chow says:

        I guess it’s a good thing you didn’t see my video from the Austria Club. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Lakhyajyoti says:

    Great john.You are a genious.

  19. Bidet says:

    Haha that is funny, you got enough money to buy everyone beers too.

  20. ibnujusup says:

    what’s paypal??…. its remind me during my dark days.. hahaha

  21. Cool man…you nailed it ! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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