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#FollowFriday: Six Qualities of Past Featurees

By: Chuck Kent | August 9, 2013 | 
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The Spin Sucks #FollowFriday Recommendations for 2013

By Chuck Kent

I’m feeling a bit like John Oliver just now, who sheepishly reminds Daily Show viewers every night that, no, he still is not the person they tuned in to see (Jon Stewart being on an extended planned absence from the show).

Your disappointment notwithstanding, I will forge ahead and gamely try to satisfy your #FollowFriday longings.

I will not, however, try to imitate the one-of-a-kind Gini Dietrich or her approach of speaking very personally to and about her Spin Sucks crazies (a unique bit of community-building that she described so well – with an unexpected shout-out to yours truly – in her Cision webinar just yesterday).

Instead, I thought it might be useful to all of you hoping for a #FollowFriday shout-out here to get a recap of common qualities of former featurees, illustrated by previously highlighted crazies (consider this a more fact-based approach than my previous fill-in for Gini).

A review of the past couple of years’ posts indicates that Spin Sucks crazies featured in #FollowFriday are often:

Passionate

Heidi Massey:
The  #FF post featuring Heidi says ”Nonprofits are both her career and her passion and she gives back to them as often as she can.”

Funny

Anne Ruess
Funny isn’t always going for the big yucks, but hereabouts it definitely means having a sense of humor. Gini says of Anne “she is wicked smart, absolutely adorable, and has a great sense of humor (and we all know how much I like funny people).”

Smart

Julio Varela
Ms. D is a sucker for super-smart people, with or without Ivy League pedigree.  She writes, “A Harvard grad, Julio goes against every stereotype you have of those who went to school there. Yes, he’s smart, but the arrogance the school seems to breed missed him.”

Generous

Deb Dobson

Community requires generosity, especially of one’s time and attention.  Of Deb, Gini writes: “…without a doubt, one of the most generous people I know… She’s one who… will engage, will ask you questions about yourself, and will give of herself more generously than anyone else you know.”

Involved

It’s simple:  Actively commenting counts, not simply to boost your own exposure, but to continually breathe life into the Spin Sucks community.

In yesterday’s Cision webinar, Gini mentioned how #FollowFriday didn’t really take off (in fact, was at first a bit of a bomb) until she started concentrating on people who are active in the comments section.

A few of those these days include: Howie Goldfarb,  Paula KigerRebecca Amy Todd, and Joe Cardillo.

Trouble-Makers

Dallas Kincaid
“Trouble” may be too strong a term here – I really mean “fun,” but just a bit more out there.  Take Dallas Kincaid.  Gini calls him a “a trouble causer, pot stirrer, and menacing force of nature.”  Obviously, the boring need not apply.

So you want to be in #FollowFriday?  Consider the above carefully, and then get involved.  It’s easy to start right now – head to the comment section (I’ll meet you there).

About Chuck Kent


Chuck Kent is on a mission to make content marketing more creative and less “me too.” He is a brand strategist, writer and content creator, and Creative Director of Creative on Call, one of earliest virtual “non-agencies.” Previously a senior creative at BBDO, he writes about branding, content creation and their intersection, both on his own blog and as a Contributing Editor/Author for Branding Magazine. He even sings about it in his weekly retort to #FollowFriday, #SocialSong Saturday.

61 comments
lizreusswig
lizreusswig

Chuck you so live up to your name...@creativeoncall! I, too would have loved a song and think you need to write a SpinSucks Theme Song to debut at the IRL gathering! :)  Congrats to all the wonderful "crazies" mentioned here today & Happy #FollowFriday! :)

AnneReuss
AnneReuss

That's right, funny like a madam. I'm flabbergasted though. Thanks @creativeoncall!

Here's one tip to tickle your way into @ginidietrich's heart. 

Rage comics! Blast her with 'em! 

Word Ninja
Word Ninja

Since I've only been around the past several months, this was a great post to be introduced to others. Nice job, Chuck. 

If there is ever a Limber category, please consider me...

belllindsay
belllindsay

Keeping with the fruit theme, I'm slightly bruised I didn't make the list today. *sniff* It's because I'm Canadian, isn't it...hey....wait a second!!!!

yvettepistorio
yvettepistorio

Love the way you did this Chuck. I know most of them through @ginidietrich too - all great people on this list :)

JoeCardillo
JoeCardillo

I think you touched on it, but a general quality I like about active participants of the SpinSucks ecosystem is that we all go by "a rising tide lifts all boats."

Something I believe in strongly. The other quality I respect in the community is that anyone can have a great idea or thought, it's that core, and not someone's reputation or who they know, that brings me here over and over. 

RebeccaTodd
RebeccaTodd

Well thank you very much for this shout out, Chuck! To be Listed with Howie, Paula, and Joe...well that is an honour! And for the record- Dallas is a TOTAL trouble maker.

Howie Goldfarb
Howie Goldfarb

I remember I first met Six Qualities of Past Featurees back in college. e was a hackysacking deadhead who would skip class for weeks to go on tour with Jerry. But then in 1992 he found god and launched his own Televangelist TV Show so that he could have a Cadillac. But by 1995 his venture had gone bust when Pat Robertson called him a sinner. 

Hitting rock bottom drifting into gangs and boones farm addiction he got a big break doing stand up comedy at the local strip club. Next thing he was warming up for Leno and Chris Rock. Now he is a superstar comedian...movies....theater....stand up.....big house in Bel Air.....has his won foundation to save the southwestern turtle weasel from extinction...and coaches his kids soccer, lacrosse and badminton teams. 

Six Qualities of Past Featurees is true success story. Next week he will be on an Oprah special and today Follow Friday! Amazing!


rosemaryoneill
rosemaryoneill

I'm trying to decide if I'd rather be a Troublemaker or Passionate...hmmmm....

HeidiMassey
HeidiMassey

So about these songs...I should become familiar with someone who has taken to posting information about me online. Where might I find one? And should I be creeped out about this? ;-)Was probably a pity inclusion because we nonprofit folks need all the help we can get, right.Well, at least we all now have bragging rights. Included in 2 Follow Fridays

debdobson62
debdobson62

Thank you .  A great list of folks and I feel honored to be included.  And I agree.. Go back to bed @ginidietrich!

HeidiMassey
HeidiMassey

@belllindsay Yes, it is. But I think everyone was hoping you wouldn't figure it out. However, when they do the special Canuckistan list, you will be there, right at the top, eh?

RebeccaTodd
RebeccaTodd

I'm representing the Canucks, hoser.

creativeoncall
creativeoncall

@yvettepistorio @ginidietrich The only problem with writing a post like this is narrowing it down to a manageable size -- sincerely, too many good folks, not enough space to mention even a reasonable fraction

Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes
Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes

@JoeCardillo The rising tide is good but I see a tsunami of talent. Of course a tsunami might not be such a good thing because it would destroy many and cause all sorts of chaos.

Kind of of similar to what might happen if you dropped a spider in @belllindsay pants or shirt. ;)

Should that ever happen I would hope it would be videotaped because a moment like that must be preserved for posterity.

RebeccaTodd
RebeccaTodd

So well said my friend. Level Four thinking right there.

JoeCardillo
JoeCardillo

@Howie Goldfarb Truthfully for a while there I wondered if Six Qualities would make it....a lot of people don't know this but SQ also had a bout with Persimmonitis, a condition in which the patient feels and acts like a small piece of fruit. After several months of trying to get into one of those medley baskets, he finally course-corrected, no small thanks to @ginidietrich's Fruitsion webinar back in '04. 

HeidiMassey
HeidiMassey

And note to the wise: Commenting on your phone can mak you look like an idiot. Too many typos! And accidental premature posting.

Thanks for including me! Went back and reread the old post and comments. My day is set.

AnneReuss
AnneReuss

@jeanniecw *Silently cheering to myself* You know it's been about a year now? You still like me! #Winning