Irish boxing Olympic hopeful Paddy Barnes has gained over 3000 extra followers on his Twitter account after he advertised after he advertised it during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics on Friday.
The 2008 Olympic bronze medallist held aloft a sign that read: "Open for sponsors... @paddyb_ireland (Twitter)" Later on that night he also tweeted numerous pictures of himself alongside Usain Bolt and other famous stars.
An estimated audience of one billion people watched the opening ceremony on Friday which explains why the talented Irishman gained so many followers in such a short time.
Barnes' Irish teammate Darren O'Neill praised the Belfast man's bravado.
"Paddy showed me the sign before he went but I didn't think he'd dare go through with it," said middleweight O'Neill. "Paddy is always a character and I think he's got a sky-rocketing number of followers overnight so fair play to him."
John Joe Nevin of Team Ireland also commented on the stunt after his impressive victory over Denmark's Dennis Ceylan in the opening round of the Olympic boxing.
"What Paddy did at the opening ceremony was brilliant... I had an idea he was going to do that. It was great to watch."
Barnes will not actually be in action until next Saturday as the light-flyweight received a bye through the first round.