DAY 31: Why I’m trading SnapChat accounts with Dotan Negrin || #StrubSnapSwaps

From Feb. 27 to April 16, Chris Strub will trade his Snapchat account with 50 different Snapchatters from around the globe. Add ChrisStrub on SnapChat to meet them all. During the 50 days, a portion of the proceeds from sales of Chris’s book will go to the nonprofits Chris visited during the #TeamStrub 50-state, 100-day journey. See the full list of NPOs that Chris visited here. On March 28, the nonprofit beneficiary will be Wisconsin Youth Company in Madison, Wis.

Prepare to be blown away by the pure awesomeness of Dotan Negrin.

Dotan Negrin — known best to most people as @PianoAround — is what Snapchat — heck, what all social media — should be about.

Because Dotan does not take a Snapchat-first approach. Dotan does not take a social media-first approach.

Dotan takes a life-first approach.

For years now — since before Snapchat even existed, in fact — Dotan has been traveling the world playing piano in some of the most spectacular places imaginable.

It has nothing to do with social media, and everything to do with him wanting to lead a unique and magical life.

Dotan has brought joy to tens of thousands of people in person and now, thanks to Periscope, innumerably more. Dotan appeared on an ABC talk show last week, which ordinarily would be incredibly cool, except that we now live in an extraordinary era of interpersonal, nontraditional storytelling without barriers.

Live-streaming is not going to change the world because someone was the first to 50 million hearts, or anything else like that.

Live-streaming is going to change the world because of humans with enormous hearts and souls like Dotan Negrin — always flanked by his spectacularly gorgeous, inside-and-out, girlfriend Fallon.

Live-streaming is going to change the world because we no longer have to rely on a television producer to decide that we get to see Dotan for 30 seconds, or 60 seconds, or five minutes.

The internet has opened up access to astonishing things and people we would’ve only otherwise been lucky to meet perchance. No, the world we live in now allows us all to be so lucky as to get to know the most imaginative and interesting people in the world.

That’s Dotan. Live-streaming is making the world a better place because there are people like Dotan that we can all discover, learn about and support.

I wrote some more nice things about Dotan a few months back, and having met him in person in San Francisco, I can only amplify and reiterate all those things and more.

I’m down to stop saying Dotan will someday be a star. Dotan IS a star. I support this young man’s dreams and aspirations every way possible, and on March 28, that takes the form of encouraging him to use a platform he rarely appears on — Snapchat — to tell us all his story.

Ladies and gentlemen, Dotan Negrin.

He doesn’t always make this goofy face, I promise.