Why Does Bill Gates Have More Followers Than Conan O’Brien? Hint: #GivingTuesday

Written by Beth Kanter

Conan O’Brien announced on his show that he wanted to climb to the top of the LinkedIn Influencer list. He has a long way to go. Currently, Bill Gates has seven times as many followers on LinkedIn than Conan. Why? Bill Gates is a philanthropist and is part of the GivingTuesday Movement.

Conan poked fun at me because I have more LinkedIn followers than him. He joked that my red hat is the key to my success. It was a funny monologue, but I am offering Conan a better way to increase his LinkedIn followers than photoshopping a red hat on his profile.

I gained influence on LinkedIn by helping nonprofits raise money through events like GivingTuesday, a national day of giving on December 3 that inspires people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities.

Conan O’Brien could make a huge difference and gain more followers by raising awareness about charity giving by talking about GivingTuesday on his show before Dec. 3.

This year, over 5,000 partners across the country will participate in the #GivingTuesday event. I’ve been doing nonprofit fundraising online for years, and I know that media exposure makes a huge difference in their success. If Conan did a monologue about charity giving on his show, he could use his significant influence to help thousands of people in need this holiday season and climb to the top of the LinkedIn Influencer list.

I think Conan should join the #GivingTuesday movement and get more followers. Please sign the petition asking Conan to do a monologue about GivingTuesday.

Photo Credit: The Cable Show via Flickr, Conan via Team Coco

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Tim C.
Tim C.about a year ago


Aza Azme
Aza azme1 years ago

Great I need a programmet and engineer at ny disposal to complete my inventions

Michael A.
Michael A.1 years ago


Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola1 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Jenna Summers
Jennifer B.1 years ago

Maybe Gates has more followes because people hope that by following him, reading about him, etc., that perhaps they will learn the secret of his overwhelming success.

Bill Eagle
Bill Eagle1 years ago

People like to worship wealth. People seem to like a wealthy nerd better than they do a brilliant entertainer.

Natasha Salgado
Natasha Salgado1 years ago

And does anyone really care...tho I must confess my disenchantment with Conan---he's not even funny.

Laura Saxon
.1 years ago

Great article. Thanks for sharing.

Robert Hardy
Robert Hardy1 years ago

Was this really something worth reading?

Michael H.
Mike H.1 years ago

Gates is smart and ruthless. I'm not sure he has suddenly become a great philanthropist.