For most users, Instagram is a carefully curated reflection of who they are or who they would like to be. People cultivate their profile with flattering selfies, photos of scenic views taken once-in-a-lifetime adventures, and, of course, thousands of artfully lit slices of avocado toast. But not Bill Young. Instead of the usual ego-stroking and pandering for likes, this corporate pilot and dad dedicated his account to the weird, wonderful, and woefully unappreciated world of hotel carpet. And with a little help from his daughter, he’s become an unexpected viral sensation.
All I Want For Christmas is for my Dad’s hotel carpet instagram to go viral, please help this happen pic.twitter.com/pqCWDglFf9
— Jill (@jillisyoung) November 25, 2017
Over the weekend, Jill Young tweeted out a photo of her dad’s Instagram page with the caption: “All I Want For Christmas is for my Dad’s hotel carpet Instagram to go viral, please help this happen.” The Internet happily obliged, and her tweet was liked by almost 25,000 users and retweeted 8,5000 times. When Jill sent the tweet, Bill had 125 followers but less than a week after her viral tweet, his account (@myhotelcarpet) has blown up. Bill now has more than 500,000 followers and his photos are receiving hundreds of thousands of likes from strangers on the internet who appreciate his dedication to exploring the often overlooked carpet at hotels from around the world.
This week has been #CRAZY !! I found this pic from my last trip at the newly remodeled @laxmarriott . Concierge lounge was awesome for domestic hotel. I’ve gotta keep this thing going. #THANKYOU to all my new followers! – – #iliketheaquatones #beginningoftripsonotjetlaggedyet #carpetdad #carpetkid #moretocome #ihavealongtripnextweek #myphonealmostmelted #hadtoturnoffnotificationssoididntgetthrownoutofclass #travel @gulfstreamaero
At first, Bill’s profile concept may seem a bit gimmicky but there is something oddly mesmerizing about scrolling through his photos and seeing all the different kinds of carpet he encounters at hotels. As much as it is a simple profile that features photos of carpet, it also feels like a tribute to enjoying the simpler things in life. We’ve all stayed in hotels in our lives but how many of us have ever taken the time to notice the beautiful designs and colors sitting beneath our own two feet? Hopefully, Bill inspires all of us to stop and smell the roses of life a bit more often. Or at least look at the carpet.