Behind the #gram: Xavier Lur
Creating content on Twitter seems like second nature for Xavier Lur.
You might have seen his viral tweets circulating on your feeds.
He has a knack for posting tweets that comprise beautifully taken photographs of the latest events or products trending in Singapore, making you feel like checking them out almost immediately.
Posted by @xavierlur, his tweets may look like sponsored posts, but they are not. Most of his tweets, which typically receive at least hundred or more retweets and likes, are actually based on his own research.
“Many people think that I’m sponsored, or I get media previews, but I don’t. Even like the Starbucks drink, I spend my own money and buy the drink and take photos of it,” said digital ninja Xavier Lur, who creates content on Twitter out of his own passion and pocket.
The 23-year-old said: “Usually when I see events, I would note down the date, and on the day itself I would go down and so called be the first person to cover [the event].”
Xavier, who is currently serving national service, started tweeting when he was 14. Initially, his tweets were mostly technology-related, such as short commentaries about the latest gadgets.
At 18, he developed a keen interest in creating content on Twitter while working at advertising agency, Ogilvy & Mather, during his polytechnic days.
“My main job was to create content on digital platforms for brands like Singtel, Nestlé, Milo and BMW. Part of my job was also to take some photos for clients,” said the Ngee Ann Polytechnic graduate.
To find out how the tech-guru creates the newsworthy content you see on his Twitter, Youth.SG joined him for his shoot at Artbox Singapore on Apr 14.
Throughout the shoot, Xavier appeared focused and clearly knew the type of shots he wanted.
Despite the packed crowd at the venue, nothing seemed to distract his sharp pair of eyes. Xavier found ways to make his photographs look stunning by exploring with different angles and taking mood shots.
Considering how most of his followers are youths, how does he find and create content that appeals to them?
The mass communication graduate said: “I would find content that appeal to myself. I would be in their shoes and would want to retweet or share that tweet with my friends. I would usually find content that is very interesting.”
Xavier’s favourite and also the most well-received tweet to date was the MILO energy cubes tweet, which garnered over 17,000 retweets.
Just tried the MILO CUBES! It tastes exactly like the MILO powder from the tin but in a cube form 😍. Not available in Asia yet. Halal. pic.twitter.com/U0OcPNVKfH
— Xavier Lur (@xavierlur) February 16, 2017
He said: “While I did expect the response to be good, I didn’t expect it to be so overwhelming.”
He shared that he went through a few hurdles to get the MILO cubes on his hands, as they are were only available in the United Kingdom and African countries.
Besides posting content almost daily, Xavier occasionally interacts with his followers on Twitter.
He said: “I made quite a number of Twitter friends. They would reply [to my tweets], then I feel very bad if I don’t respond back, so sometimes I just respond and follow back. Sometimes we would just direct message each other.”
Can we expect more of such captivating tweets from Xavier in the long term?
Xavier said hesitantly: “I guess so?”
Albeit his love for creating content on Twitter, he does not plan to turn his hobby into a full-time job as he is planning to venture into the IT industry.