Category Archives: twitter

New Puppy Joy

Nothing like a daughter on twitter who has funny friends, that’s what I always say.

Yeh, the time has come for sweet little Iko to be put in her adorable puppy place. It’s one thing when she bites the ass of a family member, but the poor housekeeper… I don’t think so!

The shedevil is tons of fun and we are loving (almost) every minute of her, but the ass biting… not so much. As I said to her the other day, “No one bites MY ass without permission, kiddo.” TMI?

So, she learned to sit at 9 weeks, is closing in on giving paw and has been housebroken since we brought her home except for the occasional excited peeing for Jana’s boyfriend. But the nipping needs to be nipped, so let the games begin.

Seriously, though, how could you be mad at this face?

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Bronx Zoo Cobra on Twitter

Yeh, everyone has a twitter account. And since WordPress just launched this way cool feature called Blackbird Pie today, I am able to post beautiful tweet captures without having to do screen grabs and stuff. (yeh, mom, I know that sounded like a foreign language – don’t worry, most people don’t understand what I am saying most of the time)

Anyway, the whole point is that I found a new toy online and had to play with it and do a second post today. (I am so a damn prolific, aren’t I?) Here are my favorite tweets by the elusive, missing Bronx Zoo Cobra – in no particular order. Seems that little snake has quite the sense of humor and a real passion for pop culture.

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@DisasterAlerts

Should this concern me? Would @DisasterAlerts be following my tweets in the hopes of finding out about a disaster they could alert people to? Or am I perceived on twitter as one of those ghoulies that needs to know about disasters in realtime?

Either way, not so flattering.

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This is why I love my daughter’s friends

My daughter and her friends have finally hooked into twitter, and I LOVE it.

The other day I saw this tweet:

Since it is hard to read I will translate:

Chetley Has Been Compromised. There is a Situation!

Chetley would be her beloved teddy bear that I have reconstructed more than once in her lifetime. He has also been the target of similar ‘terrorist’ attacks by her campers when she was a counselor. I was a bit concerned when I saw the tweet so sent back a reply asking about his welfare.

This is what came next:

I could not see who was in the picture so I texted her to find out that it is The Situation from Jersey Shore, hence, ‘the situation’ in the first photo.

How can you not love these girls? Speaking of which (cough cough, shameless plug) if you did not get a chance to donate to the UW Dance Marathon that they are participating in, it is not too late. You can do so here.

 

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Kenneth Cole is the New Motrin Moms

I know many of my readers’ eyes glaze over when I talk about social media. I try my best to put things into lay terms and help those of you who feel a bit overwhelmed with all this information make some sense of things.

I am not one to jump on the bandwagon of bashing a brand when they make a mistake. I believe it is counter-productive, fad-like and in my opinion the equivalent of  being a mean girl in the world of public relations. Many will run to write about these things to boost their blog stats. That is surely not my intent. This is, however, a social media PR case study in the making and worth taking a look at.

Right now there is a serious situation arising on twitter surrounding a brand that is usually held in very high regard as being socially responsible. The brand is Kenneth Cole. In fairness to the great work they have done, let me first tell you that since 1985 they have been supporters of AIDS awareness and research as well as various other social issues. They created the Awearness Fund, a not-for-profit initiative that uses partnerships, merchandise, events and its blog to celebrate, encourage and empower acts of service volunteerism and social change. A full 100% of net proceeds of the Awearness products go toward the fund.

Now on to ‘the situation’.

In short, a hashtag or the # sign is used for a topic stream. People use it in a tweet and it is followed by those who are interested in that topic. In the case of natural disasters, it has helped get aid to those in need (think Ann Curry and Haiti). In the case of political uprisings it is sometimes the only way to mobilize and communicate. This is where Kenneth Cole came in with a huge fail today.

So far this has been their response to hundreds of tweets showing disgust with their poor taste.

This is a perfect example of a brand ‘hijacking’ a hashtag to promote itself. It is an equally perfect example why NOT to do this because it is not only in terrible taste; it forsakes the very foundation and principles of social responsibility. The very principles that this brand has spent 25+ years building upon.

This saddens me and reinforces what I constantly tell anyone who will listen my clients about the dangers of social media. There is much speculation in the industry right now as to whether this was a strategic decision or a newbie without a clue.

It matters not. The damage is done for now. Will the world stop buying Kenneth Cole products? I doubt it. People continued to buy Motrin after the MotrinMoms debacle and it merely became a social media fail case study like the rest.

My (albeit long-winded) point here is this; brands need to treat social media like PR on steroids. Once you let out a tweet, Pandora’s box opens and you can’t take it back. I find it hard to believe that a senior strategist had any idea about this stream. In fact, I don’t think even a mid-level brand person could possibly think this was a good idea. UPDATE: it has been determined that the tweet came from none other than Kenneth Cole, himself. This is a frightening lesson in why the CEO needs oversight. Read Todd Defren’s post with the hysterical title: In social media everyone can hear you fart.

Social media tools are just tools, how they are used makes all the difference between a great idea and a huge headache.

UPDATE 4PM: Kenneth Cole respondes on facebook. Is this enough or do the sharks continue to circle?

I apologize to everyone who was offended by my insensitive tweet about the situation in Egypt. I’ve dedicated my life to raising awareness about serious social issues, and in hindsight my attempt at humor regarding a nation liberating themselves against oppression was poorly timed and absolutely inappropriate.

Kenneth Cole, Chairman and Chief Creative Officer

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National Whipped Cream Day

I am always amused by what becomes a trending topic on twitter. Apparently today is National Whipped Cream Day. According to the Huff Post the holiday falls on the birthday of the Reddi-wip founder, Aaron “Bunny” Lapin.

It is official. We now have a holiday for every reason. While scanning the stream on twitter I was amused by such tweets as:

It’s National Whipped Cream Day! My nipples have been waiting all year for this!

National Whipped Cream Day? Really? Some of you Porn Freaks must be happy.

and this great one:

It’s funny that “National Whipped Cream Day” and “Britains Fattest” are trending at the same time.

I still like mine the best:

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Twitter Parenting

For those of you who don’t know me, I am somewhat of a social media obsessed 50-something mom that jumps on most trends before her college aged kids because… well because frankly I am way cooler than they are. (says me)

Tonight, as I was wrapping up work around 10:45 because I have no life am trying to take some time off while my kids are home. I did a quick check in on twitter because I am addicted you never know what groundbreaking news or info you will find there.

Right there in the middle of my stream was my sweet adorable daughter, one of the last living breathing souls left in Madison, WI. She has not broken her record for having a final on December 23rd – the LAST day of finals – four years running! This is what she had to say.

This cracked me up as we are the family of the HEAVY tag when we fly. So shoot us, we like to have options.

I thought I would ease her mind and tweeted back:

For those unfamiliar with twitter, the # is called a hashtag. You use a hashtag at the end of a tweet to designate a topic. When a lot of people tweet with the same topic, that topic ‘trends’ or becomes the most popular thing people are talking about on twitter. At this moment the top trending topic is #howtopissyourgirloff. So I am thinking that it is not far-fetched to think that one of my hashtags could catch on.

Ok, maybe not #schmanboy.

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