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Social Media and Broken Promises

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Would you trust a company that promised to follow you on Twitter and broke that promise, I wouldn’t! This company name is ironic because nothing is certain about their promise to follow you on Twitter – First of all, the lingo is incorrect – “Twitter CertainTeed” – it should be “Follow CertainTeed” or “Tweet CertainTeed.” That is strike 1 for me.

Strike 2 is the description of what they post on Twitter  – “Industry news, links to relevant information and articles, and a channel for one on one communication. Here is an example of @CertainTeed’s twitter stream…Industry news? Apparently, CertainTeed thinks its an industry. One on one communication? The only other Twitter account they have interacted with is @CertainTeedNews…hmmm, I wonder if the 2 are related…

Strike 3 is the broken promise – “Follow us on Twitter — we’ll follow back.” Judging fro@CertainTeed’s ratio of followers to following, they are not sticking to their word.

Your Next Job

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We’ve all heard of the Craigslist killer, what about the Craigslist breather…I wonder what your business card would read if this was your job – “Director of Halitosis Prevention.”

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Tell Me If My Breath Smells for $600 Per Hour

Date: 2011-06-01, 7:29PM

I’d like to be able to occasionally meet someone and have them tell me if my breath smells. I would pay $5 for each breath that you evaluate. At a given meeting, I might only ask you to evaluate one or two breaths. I would pay for each breath evaluated. For example, if you evaluated my breath twice at one meeting, I’d pay you $10.

If your evaluation of one breath takes 30 seconds, that would mean that your compensation would be at a rate of $600 per hour, since $5 in 30 seconds = $10 in 1 minute = $600 in 60 minutes. Thus, the compensation that you’d be getting in this arrangement would be very high compared to the time you’d be spending to get it.

Here are aspects of the arrangement that I’d like to set up:

– You could discontinue the arrangement at any time.
– You would never have to travel. I could come to you.
– If we met at your home, I wouldn’t need to step inside your home, since we would just have a brief interaction and then exchange money.

Please respond only if you meet the following requirements:

– You must not have any habits or physical conditions that could impair your sense of smell. For example, you must not be a smoker or have any nasal/sinus condition.
– You must be willing to be completely honest in your evaluations of my breath. Please don’t respond to this post unless you’d be truthful in telling me your perception of my breath.
– You must mention cross streets that are near you, so I can estimate how long I would have to travel to meet you.

If you meet the requirements and you’re interested, please email me.

  • Location: Chicago
  • Compensation: $5 in cash for each breath that you evaluate, paid immediately
  • Principals only. Recruiters, please don’t contact this job poster.
  • Please, no phone calls about this job!
  • Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.

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What is wrong with people? I don’t know about you but most of my Facebook friends don’t list “womb” as their hometown. Their status updates aren’t “growing” and their interests/likes do not include, “placenta.” Marriah Greene’s parents decided to create a Facebook profile for their unborn child.

The story ended up on the news and as a result, fetus friend requests came flooding in, so the Greenes decided to start a group  called, Marriah Greene :), stating, “This group is replacing Marriah’s page, so Marriah, her mom, and I can continue to update our family and friends.” The group has 2,199 members with over 605 comments from people all around the world welcoming Marriah into the world.

People are acting like Marriah is the next Jesus Christ…Greene is a Jewish name…

#The {Social Media} Voice

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I will proudly admit that although I do not watch American Idol, I am a huge fan of the new hit show “The Voice” or otherwise known as #TheVoice in the Twitterverse. This show has had a bigger social media component to it than I have seen in any other shows thus far. The hashtag  #TheVoice is heavily promoted throughout the show and  tweets are shown at the completion of each artist’s performance.

Throughout the show, co-host Alison Haislip , manages the “V-room” backstage where the contending artists can read tweets from their fans & tweet back to them.  Host, Carson Daley frequently checks in with the V-Room to encourage viewers to tweet to their favorite singers using the hashtag #TheVoice and mentioning @NBCTheVoice. The judges, Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, use real-time interactions to find out what the viewers are saying in order to assist in their decision process.  They also encourage their followers to follow the artists on their team giving each artist their first sneak peek at fame as some of them have already reached up to around 20,000 followers. We have seen the role of Twitter in a plethora of hit shows in the past but #TheVoice brings the impact of social media to the forefront, offering viewers an interactive experience and a chance to engage with the contestants and coaches like never before.


















#RHOC Epic Fail

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For the past few seasons of the many housewives of varying cities, I have argued with my fiancé that the show is worth watching. After last night’s Real Housewives of Orange County finale, I may have to agree with my hubby-to-be. My turning point was when Alexis-big lip-Belino went on a rant about how the world would be a better place if a woman’s sole purpose was to be the possession of her husband. Alexis went on to express her disappointment in “Liberal America” – which means, gender equality and a woman’s ability to run for office.

Alexis is not the brightest bulb – evident even from her Facebook fan page, which has “Verified Page” in the title. I think she was just jealous of her co-starts blue and white verified profile check-mark on Twitter that she decided to verify her own Faceboook page.I wonder why Alexis didn’t use this picture as her profile pic…

What Not to Post: Excessive Mommy Updates

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I don’t see anything wrong with updating your friends and family on what is going on in your life, this is clearly the point of the “Status Update.” With that being said, there is a line that has been crossed here, a line between informing your Facebook friends on what you’re up to and annoying your Facebook friends to the point of deletion. (Gasp!!) I welcome you to the world of Stephanie and her need to post her ever waking thought about her family.

Gluttonous Genies

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This week, Jacqui and I attended the Sweets and Snacks Expo, held at the McCormick Place in Chicago, to cover social media for our client, Kernel Season’s. I had never seen anything like this event. Everywhere you turned there was someone handing you the the tastiest samples of candy, cookies, and snacks. It was basically like trick-or-treating for adults. All the big names were there and clearly, we ended up losing our self-control amidst this ravenous event. We were so busy hoarding candy we didn’t even take a picture of us at the actual event.


Social Media ♥’s Food Fans

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After working for Gossip Genie for a few months and managing 2 clients in the food industry, I have come to the realization that people on social networking sites can’t get enough of their favorites foods. At first, I thought these fans simply “liked” our client’s page or followed them on Twitter to receive free items or first hand knowledge on deals. While that may be part true, there is a whole other loyalty aspect behind the reasoning for these fans to keep up with their favorite foods on Facebook and Twitter.

For example, one of our clients is a producer of a large portion of carrots in California. While putting my genie skills to good use, I check on what the fans are saying about them on Facebook and Twitter. On a daily basis, fans are expressing their love for this client’s carrots, how much their kids love them, how they used them to incorporate veggies into recipes, the list goes on. These fans weren’t expecting anything in return, such as a year’s supply of produce. They simply wanted our client to know how their carrots have enhanced their eating habits.

I discovered another example of this loyalty with Kernel Season’s. If you aren’t already a huge popcorn fan, sprinkling a little of these seasonings on your popcorn will guarantee an obsession. From White Cheddar to Parmesan Garlic to Chocolate Marshmallow, Kernel Season’s covers a wide variety of flavors to appeal to a plentiful of tastes. Part of the reason it is fun to represent this client is because of the excitement in the feedback they receive. Fans love to post pictures of their popcorn with the Kernel Season’s bottle next to it. They are continuously asking where they can buy the seasonings, and are extremely engaging when it comes to the Kernel Season’s Facebook page. When asking their fans “How do you like your popcorn?”, they received 95 responses within a few hours. Even the movie theatres that offer Kernel Season’s love to get involved with “The Kernel” on Facebook and Twitter.

As of this week, Gossip Genie will begin representing in their social media efforts. Food Mafia is an exclusive online destination for food lovers that focuses on supporting restaurant communities throughout select cities. I am excited to begin supporting and promoting this client as it incorporates thousands of restaurants from the Chicago area (and soon to expand). If you live in Chicago and love trying new restaurants, this is the only Mafia you need to get involved with. Follow them on Twitter or “Like” them on Facebook!

I hope this post can inspire you to find all of your favorite restaurants and foods on Facebook and Twitter and that you continue to support them! Speaking from the other side of the social media page, I promise you it only allows them to give you more of what YOU want!

What Not to Post – Attempts at Procreation

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There are three lessons to be learned here – don’t make your status update about your attempt to procreate, don’t talk about your current, past or future pregnancy (especially if it includes daily vomiting) and finally, do not stereotype Chinese people (see example highlighted in yellow) or if you’re going to, at least do it correctly! Solly to all of my Chinese readers!