Meet SG, The Anonymous And Endlessly Positive Dude Behind @Supportiveguy
What’s the purpose of your brand?
To spread positivity and whimsy in hopes of creating an internet community that is truly glad online.
How long have you worked with/on your current brand?
How many people are on your team?
Technically just me, but my reach would be nowhere near as extensive without the help of the folks at Sports Channel 8 and The Charlotte Podcast. Also my wife, Supportive Bae, produces The Supportive Minute and is my trusted consigliere.
How do you adapt your account to popular/trending themes?
Current meme templates give me something with which to apply the SG persona. I do a tongue-in-cheek “sponsor” at the beginning of each episode of The Supportive Minute. Trending topics give me a source to draw from. Whether it be emotional support peacocks, avocado toast, or what have you.
Tell us about the craziest mention you have ever received or conversation you’ve been pulled into…
A couple of years ago my account was featured as a human interest piece. It was a fun experience and in the midst of it word of my account reached Monica Lewinsky. She tweeted me her support. Obviously she’s dealt with a lot over the years and I admire her a great deal. She dedicates a lot of her time to fighting cyber bullying and she’s doing great work there.
What do you wish people knew about your role/account/brand?
For most of who aren’t in the public eye, it’s easy to have fun with social media and it can be a great, rewarding experience. Most of the time you can curate your experience to be enjoyable and genuinely connect with people. I see people who are down on social media a lot and I get it, but in most cases you can make it work for you as a positive vehicle to connect with people who share your sensibilities and interests.
Whose social media do you admire? (locally or nationally)
There are so many social media accounts I love. Locally, the first person that comes to mind is Michael Felder (@InTheBleachers on Twitter, @ItsFelder on Instagram). He can literally live-tweet a trip to the hardware store and have me captivated. His Instagram is completely different from his Twitter, but no less engaging. I just try not look at it on an empty stomach. Another thing I admire about him is that he will reply to anyone. As long as you’re respectful, he’ll have a conversation with you about anything. Oh, and he’s also really good at his actual job.
Nationally, I love Shea Serrano. He has a perfect blend of humor and supportiveness. He’s one of the gold standards for Twitter accounts.
Anything else to share?
Thank you for protecting my anonymity. That’s still the first time anyone has seen any part of my face. I moisturized my t-zone for weeks leading up to that photo.
Thank you for including me alongside so many awesome folks. You and your team have the industriousness of a family of beavers that has undergone extensive beaver training.