Social Media

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.

My Favorite Bachelorette Live Tweeters

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I wouldn’t go so far as to say I am the biggest fan of The Bachelorette or The Bachelor but every season I get sucked in to it. There were a few seasons I chose not to tune in and I ended up feeling like everyone around me was talking about this ridiculous party they attended that I didn’t get invited to. Because I slightly enjoy watching the men and women on this show humiliate themselves and tend to overdose myself with it’s corny nature, I had to find someone that felt the same way. Bachelor and Bachelorette live tweeters are by far my favorite part of Monday nights. When something hilariously embarrassing happens, just refresh your Twitter feed of your favorite live tweeters and you’re sure to get a laugh. For this reason, I wanted to share a couple of my favorite Bachelor/Bachelorette live tweeters with you so that you can make this show less of the ‘most dramatic rose ceremony ever’ and more of the most comical reality show ever.


Jenny Mollen – Follow her for witty Bachelorette commentary. Even her non-Bachelorette related tweets have me laughing out loud.




Dana Weiss – She will be the first to tweet exactly what you were thinking about the Bachelorette dates and can also tell you where to buy Emily’s outfits.






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Because all of the Genies are twenty-somethings living in Chicago, we were introduced to #SOYEAHDUH in it’s early stages. @LaurelSlutsky discovered it a few weeks ago and we’ve been hooked ever since. For those not in the know, #SOYEAHDUH is a Tumblr blog featuring hilarious .gifs describing the life of a twenty-something Chicago woman living in Wicker Park. She’s smart, savvy, likes to go out for dinner and drinks, rides the Blue Line and so much more.

This week, #SOYEAHDUH creator, Lisa Frame, came out of the closet and revealed herself to Huffington Post. Hi Lisa, you’re very funny.

One of my favorites:

When the Huffington Post asked her: Do you have any favorite .gifs that you created for the blog?
She replies with her four favorites: 50 Cent female cab driver, hands down! Also: When someone pronounces Goethe wrong, After two margaritas at Caesar’s and Emergency stop on the train.

I especially like the one from today, as Lisa (who also works in social media) alluded to the fact that was not working for an entire hour. In the social media stratosphere this is nearly an eternity.

For those who hadn’t heard of #SOYEAHDUH before now – you’re welcome! 😉

Katy Perry – “Wide Awake” with Facebook Timeline

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I saw this Katy Perry music video the other day for her new single “Wide Awake” and it somewhat entrapped me. For one, I love the fact that social media has become such a social norm that artists are now incorporating it into their songs and videos. It might be the only thing Mark Zuckerberg can hold on to right now. Also, it demonstrates our need, as social media users, to find out all the details of someone’s life through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or whatever your network of choice may be. Although it wasn’t the most highly visual video, I kept waiting for the part of the video where the update would come up on her timeline saying “Katy Perry is no longer listed as married.” Unfortunately for my gossip magazine reading self, her timeline updates were all career related. If only we could see other artists’ real life Facebook timelines to a musical tune…cough*cough*, Chris Brown.


OpenTable #ThePowerOfSocialMedia

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After my experience with OpenTable – Laurel suggested I write a blog post about it and I am doing just that. I have been married for nearly 8 months and I consider myself very lucky because I have to say the hardest part about being married is changing your name.

Social Security office – check

DMV – check

Signed copy of my marriage certificate sent to United Airlines to update my mileage plus account – check

Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn – check

Credit Cards, Bank Account, Checks, Bills – check

Business related materials (cards, website, email) – check

After a couple of months, I was Jacqui Liberman, until it came to reservations. OpenTable was the only system that would not allow me to update my last name. I would update it online and it would always revert to my maiden name. I think Open Table would have objected when our rabbi asked if anyone objected to us getting married during our ceremony. After a few months of making reservations under the last name, Monieson. I tried emailing OpenTable without any luck. Therefore, I tweeted to them, within minutes I had someone respond to my tweet asking me to email a representative. I immediately sent an email and within minutes, someone from OpenTable in San Francisco was calling my cell phone. After quick instructions and troubleshooting, my reservations are now officially under Liberman. Not only is that great customer service, it is also a great example of the power of social media.



The Past 6 Months at Gossip Genie

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Last week, the #TDSbloggerevent Gossip Genie hosted was a huge success. It was really amazing to see many months of hard work all come together so well. I have to admit that planning a wedding is much like planning a blogger event. At the end of the day, whether it’s a wedding or a blogger event, it’s the people that make the event a success. I would just like to thank our wonderful client, TDS and our amazing bloggers: @tommytrc @theWebChef @3rhinomedia @triveraguy @PointA_PointB & @LittleTechGirl, once more for an amazing event last Thursday. As well as a big thank you to the Genies, @lizzieryder & @LaurelSlutsky.

As I sit here, in our new office, empty and waiting for the Internet guy, I am really humbled by how far we have come. 2012 has been very good to us! Let’s recap the past 6 months…

June is already off to a great start with our successful blogger event for our client TDS

In May, Genie Elizabeth attended the National Restaurant Association’s annual show and spent some time discussing social media and our client, ProStart with Fabio Viviani and Richard Blais.

In April, the Genies spent the weekend in Baltimore for the National Restaurant Association’s Educational Foundation’s Culinary Competition. After a weekend of live tweeting, pinning and posting on Facebook, it’s safe to say we fully captured the event for everyone that was following along from home.

In March, Gossip Genie won the Office Depot Small Business Makeover with Jean Chatzky – Read all about it here!

In February – The Genies started using Pinterest as a marketing tool for clients. Check out our client with over 6,000 pins, Food Mafia. Our first Pinterest contest was a huge success!


In January, Gossip Genie hosted “The World’s Largest Virtual Popcorn Party” for our client, Kernel Season’s. The event was in honor of National Popcorn Day and the perfect way for Twitter followers and Facebook fans of Kernel Season’s to celebrate.

The Power of Hosting a Blogger Event

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I am typing this blog post live from the first ever TDS Blogger Event “The Future of the Digital Workplace.” First let me say, what a great event thus far! So many knowledgeable and influential speakers, attendees and TDS professionals are in the building here at John Roach Projects in Madison, WI. The Genies are here live tweeting for our client, TDS, using the hashtag #TDSBloggerEvent, capturing photos, uploading images to Pinterest and Facebook and interacting with attendees both in-person and virtually.

What began as the Genies researching and reaching out to influential bloggers on Twitter has turned into one of the “most emotional days” of presenter John Roach’s life. Why? Because John, founder and CEO of ROACH (John Roach Productions) has been waiting for this day to arrive for 20 years – waiting for this technology to catch up with his remote lifestyle. John frequently works from his lake house in the country and uses TDS’ managedIP Hosted technology to run his business. His favorite technology is his iPad, specifically FaceTime.

The Genies are proud to have encouraged and helped facilitate this first-ever blogger event, a milestone day for TDS, Roach Products and Gossip Genie. The knowledge shared today between less than two dozen people will influence a MUCH larger audience, spreading TDS’ message of the “Future of the Digital Workplace” to hundreds of thousands of people across the web.