Bill Young is a corporate pilot from Dallas, Texas. A man with an odd hobby: he likes to take photographs of interesting hotel carpets he encounters on his travels.
It all started back in 2015, when Bill was sitting in his hotel room, bored out of his mind. It was then that he noticed how strange the carpet was, and he not only took a picture of it, he also posted the image to Instagram.
Over the course of the next 2 years, Bill continued posting photos of interesting hotel carpets he discovered — first on his personal Instagram account, and later on @MyHotelCarpet. He only had 82 followers, but he didn’t care. He was having a good time.
But someone else did care about his limited following: his 19-year-old daughter Jill. She was home from college on Thanksgiving and decided to help her dad go viral. She did this by posting a link to @MyHotelCarpet on her own Instagram account and on Twitter, along with the following plea: “All I Want For Christmas is for my Dad’s hotel carpet instagram to go viral, please help this happen.”
She got her wish. Not did she get more than 23,000 likes and 8,000 retweets of her Twitter post, her father got more than 430,000 followers on his Instagram account. Along with the numbers, there has been a lot of praise. He’s been called the “Carpet King” and the “Dad of Twitter ” One fan even wrote, “I would die for you, Bill Young.”
There have even been calls for Bill to expand to flooring and tiles. But Bill insists that he wants to stay “semi-pure.” He particularly doesn’t want to “sell out,” and many of his fans are probably happy about this, especially his daughter.