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After an annoying 24 hours filled with fender benders and computer glitches, I am reminded of how lucky I actually am. We should all feel lucky to be alive and remember how short life really is. As a social media marketer, it’s hard to avoid the news surrounding this past weekend’s tragedy. If you’re reading, you know what I am referring to – James Holmes and the Colorado massacre that killed 12 people, injured 58, all while attending a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises. Even still, I get sick to my stomach thinking about someone that could do something so horrific.

Obviously, social media was and still is overflowing with conversations surrounding the incident (check out these hashtags #JamesHolmes and #coloradomassacre). It’s interesting because everything I have read has little to no information about Holmes. Many sources are saying that it’s because he lacked any online footprint. In a digital age, that is hard to believe. I dug deeper and did not find a verified Facebook page or Twitter account for Holmes but I did find something quite disturbing. On July 5th – Holmes created an online profile through, “The World’s Largest Sex Dating Site & Swinger Personals Community.” Holmes’ quote to live by as posted on the site – “Will you come visit me in prison?”

At this point, all we can do is pray for the victims’ families because there is really no sense in wasting time trying to figure out just how deranged Holmes is. His actions speak far louder than anything anyone ever wanted to hear.

Funny Photos

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Because today is a little gloomy, I thought I’d spread some laughter throughout the Internet. I love finding funny photos on random forums. The first picture, Willtrek, made me laugh for 3 minutes straight. And of course, I had to throw in a screenshot of a .gif from #SOYEAHDUH. (You can read about my obsession with that site here)


Family photo

Scared kid

Painting dog's nails

So Yeah DuhClick on photo to see the .gif version on #SOYEAHDUH.


Bad last name? Watch out for Facebook. Part 2

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I never thought I would see the day when I would have to add a “Part 2”  to this blog post title but nonetheless, the day has come.  If you haven’t read Part 1 of “Bad last name? Watch out for Facebook,” head there before continuing on.


Yesterday, as I was going about by day trying to create a custom tab for our client, ProStart, I realized I kept getting error messages every time I tried to save my changes. I usually do not fully read the error message, but this time to my surprise, Facebook, AGAIN, decided to discriminate against my last name! I plan on writing a letter to good old Mark Z. because I know I am not the only Slutsky in the Facebook world and NO Slutsky should ever have to deal with this again! The good thing to come out of this was that I posted the photo below on my personal Facebook page and it received 34 Likes. If you’re a social media lover like me, this is much more exciting than Facebook telling you your name contains profanity.





Puppy Tweets

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Puppy Tweets: You’ll receive hilarious tweets about your dog’s status – whether he’s eating, playing, or napping!




Product Features


  • Tweets are the new Bark!
  • Now you can get the 411 with text messages from Puppy Tweets!
  • Comes pre-loaded with over 500 phrases
  • Lets you connect with your pet over the Internet
  • When your dog moves, barks, or naps the tag sends a Tweet via Twitter
At first glance, it sounds adorable. I immediately envisioned Gossip Genie’s mascot, Alfie‘s tweets – (most likely a long stream of variations of the phrase “I am hungry” or “feed me”).



I actually heard about this product last year and I almost purchased it but then I came to my senses. I am really a sucker for anything related to my dog, pair that with social media and I am sold…until I read the reviews and realized the ridiculous nature of this product.


This is one of many negative reviews I read that sold me on not purchasing this device!

This review is from: Puppy Tweets Blue (Toy)

This thing is really lame. It is huge and it is fake. It just randomly spits out tweets that have nothing to do with the dogs. Here is my actual log from my twitter account, my dog is “Jude and Royal”:

Jude and Royal:Why? Because I can.
7 hours ago

Jude and Royal:Why? Because I can.
19 Mar

Jude and Royal:Why? Because I can.
18 Mar

Jude and Royal:Why? Because I can.
17 Mar

Jude and Royal:Why? Because I can.
15 Mar

Jude and Royal:Why? Because I can.
12 Mar

Jude and Royal:Why? Because I can.
11 Mar

Jude and Royal:Why? Because I can.
10 Mar

Jude and Royal:Why? Because I can.
9 Mar

Jude and Royal:Why? Because I can.
7 Mar

Jude and Royal:Why? Because I can.
6 Mar

Jude and Royal:Why? Because I can.
5 Mar

Jude and Royal:Why? Because I can.
5 Mar

Jude and Royal:Why? Because I can.
3 Mar

Jude and Royal:Why? Because I can.
1 Mar

Jude and Royal:Why? Because I can.
28 Feb

Jude and Royal:Why? Because I can.
26 Feb

Jude and Royal:Why? Because I can.
25 Feb

Jude and Royal:Why? Because I can.
24 Feb

Jude and Royal:Why? Because I can.
23 Feb

Jude and Royal:Why? Because I can.
22 Feb

21 Feb

Jude and Royal:You’re my best friend, but my chew toy and I have become very close.
21 Feb

Jude and Royal:My “puppy-dog eyes” seem to have no effect on the pantry door.
21 Feb

Jude and Royal:HEY YOU, STOP… ah, I’m pooped. Go ahead and walk across the yard.
21 Feb

I think if you kept those delicious-looking muffins as close to the edge of the counter as possible, they would stay much fresher.
21 Feb

Jude and Royal:L’il help! Nose stuck in bird feeder!
21 Feb

Jude and Royal:I <3 Animal Planet.
21 Feb

Jude and Royal:Why? Because I can.
21 Feb



Would you buy Puppy Tweets? If so, why?  We know what Jude and Royal would say… “Why? Because I can.”

Motion vs. Action: What’s The Difference?

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It’s my time of the week to dish out a little word for thought and with more than 140 characters to spare you better believe I’ll be taking advantage of it.  Last night I was looking for a few words of inspiration for a friend and came across a quote that really stood out to me. “Never confuse motion for action.” Feeling like I struck gold, I forced myself to evaluate what that really means. Just because you are moving doesn’t mean you’re necessarily making moves. Action to me is a commitment. It’s making a consistent effort to be more than ordinary. Demanding more from yourself. Leading by example. Just think, in what area of your life could you be more proactive in stirring the water a bit? Start there. Motion may begin with one step, but action takes endurance.

In terms of your job, ask yourself if you are doing more than just taking up space. Below are 25 tips to cause positive action for your career from the article 25 Ways To Make An Impact.

1)   There is no such thing as “I can’t do that” – or – “That’s not my job”.

2)   There is no time for divas, drama, victim statements or whining.

3)   Nothing is more impressive than good, old-fashioned hustle.

4)   Humble confidence is the second-most impressive trait.

5)   Unless you’ve worked out alternative hours, saying “I’m not a morning person” is beyond lame.

6)   There is almost no such thing as a dumb question (ever hear of Google?)

7)   GOOD questions are a sign you are sincerely interested in growing – and learning.

8)   Challenging status quo with “why” questions is a sign of intelligence (and leadership).

9)   Saying you are going to do something turns it into a commitment – and a responsibility.

10)  No trophy will be given for “effort” – you are measured on results achieved, only.

11)  Just as important as results… is the attitude shown while achieving.

12)  What you were taught in school, for the most part, doesn’t apply here… adapt, quickly.

13)  No glory will be given for learning what you already claimed to know (or what you should know)

14)  Self-learning the skills needed for just-in-time problem solving is called “amazing”.

15)  99.9% of the time, we learn best when we’re not talking.

16)  No credit will be given for just showing up; amazing things happen when you do show up.

17)  Consistently being late for – or missing – meetings is not cool; your reputation will be affected.

18)  Coming up with idea after idea is great… turning your ideas into usable solutions is gold.

19)  To quickly earn the respect of your team, mentor as you are being mentored.

20)  Failure is only good if you – and we – learn from the experience.

21)  When a problem needs to be fixed or a customer needs assistance… never, ever wait to be asked.

22)  The quickest way to make your way to the top is a willingness to work with us at the bottom.

23)  Without goal setting, planning and measurement… you can’t produce something scalable and repeatable.

24)  Don’t ever wait for permission to lead.

25)  The Golden Rule still applies – treat others as you would like them to treat you.


Productively yours,


All About Klout

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I got sucked back into Klout today, after about a six month hiatus. I think it’s one of those social networks you get drawn into for a day or two, and then forget about. Google+ anyone? A friend of mine mentioned to me that Klout users can get Klout Perks:  free/discounted products and services. I’m not sure how this is any different than the dozens of daily deal emails already out there – am I missing something?

I do find it funny how my Klout profile says I’m an influencer of 20 topics including: Whitney Houston, Waka (as in Waka Flaka), bacon, social media, cars and Glee. If you know me, you probably also find this hilarious.

Elizabeth Ryder Klout Profile Page

According to Klout I am officially a Specialist – focused and consistent.

Klout Specialist


Verdict: I like Klout in small doses, it’s not a platform I would visit on a regular basis. What’s your opinion on Klout? Yay, nay, don’t care?

What Not to Post: Bachelor Party Details

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What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of a bachelor party? If you imagine a couple of guys innocently hanging out and talking about how wonderful their wives or girlfriends are, you’re delusional.

Let’s be honest, you can’t define the term “bachelor party” without using the word “strippers.” We all know what happens but I have been told that it’s guy code not to disclose the details of these bromantic weekends.

This past weekend my husband was supposed to attend a bachelor party but was unable to do so because of a work conflict. While I was doing some work on Saturday morning, loud and clear across my newsfeed on Facebook was a check-in at a strip club in Lake Geneva by one of the guys at the bachelor party my husband was supposed to attend. Not only did this guy check himself in, he also tagged 6 of the other guys he was with. This is wrong on so many levels – half of those guys are married, engaged or have serious girlfriends. This is a perfect of example of “What Not to Post.”

What is the Sugar Shack?


My First Gossip Genie Event

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I am grateful for the fantastic opportunity to assist at the 2012 Gala for @SinaiChicago. The evening was beautifully executed by the event staff and attendees, seemingly indefatigable and visibly passionate about the hospital. Myself, along with others, were able to circulate the crowd throughout the evening as the band played to educate people on what’s new with the hospital such as our increased social media presence and new Twitter handle. From the grilled shrimp to the vino, this evening was a success.