Gini Dietrich

#FollowFriday: Amy Vernon

By: Gini Dietrich | January 4, 2013 | 

I would like to introduce you to my wife, Amy Vernon.

You see, a few months ago, I told her I love her so much, I want to marry her. She accepted on one condition: I share her with Tinu Abayomi-Paul.

Which is all fine and dandy. EXCEPT. Tinu hasn’t publicly shared her love and I think this blog post is as good as it comes. So I win First Wife position!

In all seriousness, Amy is one of the smartest women I know. And that’s saying a lot because I surround myself with a lot of smart women.

She is a self-proclaimed Internet junkie, but I will back that up by telling you this: She is the highest-ranked female submitter on Digg…OF ALL TIME. 

That makes her more than a junkie. That makes her a glorified geek.

Also, she keeps a blog called Bacon Queen, in which she brings the latest and greatest news about bacon every day (hey, Amy! Did you see the episode of “The Next Iron Chef” where they had to cook five meals with bacon?). I am dead serious. She has recipes, links, products, and more. If you love bacon (and I know many of you do), you should check this out.

It turns out she’s kind of a big deal. I mean, she has nearly 70,000 subscribers on Facebook (to put that in perspective, I have 313). She’s the general manager of social media for New York City-based Internet Media Labs, where they do cool things such as help you manage big data or visualize your social networks so you can find the best content. And she’s the mother of two boys.

Even though she grew up in New York, we have a kinship in that she went to Northwestern University, just up the street from where I live now. Too bad I didn’t know her then!

She’s on every social network known to man so I’ll let you check out her page to learn more. And, if you’d like to read more about her professional life, Lani Rosales did a fascinating interview with her over at AGBeat.

Happy Friday to Amy!

(Ignore this; it’s for Technorati: NWDSWTNZ8P3T)

About Gini Dietrich

Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, an integrated marketing communications firm. She is the author of Spin Sucks, co-author of Marketing in the Round, and co-host of Inside PR. She also is the lead blogger at Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro. Join the Spin Sucks   community!

  • Nice to meet you Amy! Connecting now! Now I have to go to your blog and cry that I had oatmeal for breakfast. 🙂

    • @katskrieger LOL! You can pretend it was covered in bacon.

    • @katskrieger Nice to meet you, Katherine! 🙂

  • *blush* I guess I should update BaconQueen, lol. I’ve been kind of lax on it lately. 🙂
    Thank you, Gini!

    • @AmyVernon I looked at it and you have something working right because there was an update yesterday!

      • @ginidietrich Yay! I’m not a total screwup!

  • HeidiMassey

    YEA @AmyVernon Wonderful choice, @ginidietrich Amy is the absolute bestest! She likes all my Facebook stuff. She’s a really smart grammar nazi–cept when she says “gone missing.” She’s funny as can be. And she isn’t afraid to say the truth. About anything to anyone. And she has an awesome new puppy named Lumi, with the coolest blue eyes I have ever seen. So happy to start my day reading this post!!!

    • @HeidiMassey  @ginidietrich I challenge you to find where I wrote “gone missing”
      *whistles real casual-like, sidling out of the room*

      • HeidiMassey

        @AmyVernon  @ginidietrich 
        I couldn’t find it at first…because you edited your damn comment! Bwhahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!! 
        Amy Vernon …in case you go missing… Wednesday at 9:11am
        Amy Vernon …in case you disappear… Wednesday at 1:41pm

        • @HeidiMassey  @ginidietrich Everyone needs an editor. 🙂

        • @AmyVernon  @HeidiMassey  @ginidietrich This is true, too. Even editors need editors.

        • @Erin F.  @HeidiMassey  @ginidietrich When I was a newspaper editor and worked weekends, I almost always had to write some sort of news story when we ran out of bodies. I’d make my reporters edit me before it was sent through to the copy desk.

  • belllindsay

    Holy cow, I had no clue @AmyVernon was such a big-wig!! 😉 I am so glad I’ve gotten to know Amy this year, beyond all the smarts she has a *killer* sense of humour (#what?) and the best dog ever! Welcome to Follow Friday Fandom, Amy!

    • @belllindsay I would agree about my dog, except she got away from me and managed to get under the back deck to eat cat poop. So not so much today. But other days, sure. 😉

      • belllindsay

        @AmyVernon Mmmmmmmm. Cat poop.

        • @belllindsay Breakfast of AKC champions!

      • @AmyVernon  @belllindsay This is why God made dogs and two year olds cute…so you don’t kill them.

        • @ginidietrich  @AmyVernon  @belllindsay True story.

        • belllindsay

          @jasonkonopinski  @ginidietrich  @AmyVernon And husbands. 😉

        • @belllindsay  @ginidietrich  @AmyVernon It’s the only explanation as to why I’m still kicking. Right?!?!

  • Hooray! Amy is ridiculously smart, funny, an exceptional writer AND she has one of the top four most adorable dogs in the world (the others being Sophie, Shiloh and Jack Bauer). The best part? She doesn’t take herself too seriously. Then again, she had me at bacon.

    • @mickeygomez If by ridiculously smart you mean I know about lots of stuff about ridiculous things, then yes.

    • @mickeygomez Ahem.

      • And, um, @jasonkonopinski too? #WhatDidIDoNow?

    • @mickeygomez Phew! I thought you were going to leave out JB and he was going to have his feelings hurt.

      • Like I’d leave out JB. Please. That’s just crazy talk, @ginidietrich

  • I love Amy! The more I get to know @AmyVernon the more I’m enthralled by her knowledge of all things internet. She’s spunky, full of energy and apparently doesn’t need as much sleep! I guess that means you’re self-actualized, right Amy! I second the #followfriday!

    • @hessiej Ah, “need” and “get” are two different things. All those times I have 10- to 12-hour sleeps on weekends (I have a great husband!) belie the “need” 🙂

  • She rules, ’nuff said. If we ever align our schedules, she’ll be a guest on my podcast. 😀

    • @jasonkonopinski Sure, sure. I’ve heard that before.

      • @AmyVernon I sit on a throne of lies.

        • belllindsay

          @jasonkonopinski  @AmyVernon He does.

        • @belllindsay  @AmyVernon Kisses.

  • Happy Follow Friday, Amy! Nice to meet you.

    • @RebeccaTodd Thanks, and nice to meet you, too!

  • wordwhacker

    All true

  • Mmmm. Bacon. I like her already.

    • @KenMueller You need to move to Canada!

      • HowieG

        @hessiej  @KenMueller oh come now we all know Vermont has best bacon anywhere! and it isn’t round! 😉

    • @KenMueller 🙂

  • John_Trader1

    @AmyVernon  when will Congress pass a National Day of Bacon Awareness? 
    P.S. – I sorta already knew about your awesomeness.

    • @John_Trader1 Whenever Congress gets involved, you know things have kinda jumped the shark. 🙂

      • @AmyVernon  @John_Trader1 True statement.
        Happy to learn of/meet you, Amy!

        • @Erin F.  @John_Trader1 Thanks, Erin!

  • So. I go to sleep for four hours and you try to steal first wife position from me? Under a bogus claim of public love proclamation?
    You know what? I’ll handle this with Amy. When I see her IN PERSON. Again. Like we planned. In Vegas.
    Joking aside (I AM WATCHING YOU DIETRICH), Amy deserves to be recognized. She’s one of the people who definitely doesn’t get accolades proportional to her talent or work ethic. There are hundreds of things that make her a special human being, professional and friend. But the one that’s most rare is her integrity. You know you’re not getting BS with Amy. And that’s hard to beat.

    • @Tinu See, that’s why I married you. And Gini. Oh, damn. I’m getting confused now. See you tomorrow.

      • @AmyVernon  @Tinu Sigh. I wish I were headed to NMX. :/

    • @Tinu YOU DON’T SCARE ME!!!

      • @ginidietrich  @Tinu I am totally LMAO right now. For realz.

        • @AmyVernon Just wait until we get to VEGAS!!!!! @ginidietrich

      • @ginidietrich Good. If there’s no reason to be scared of me, I won’t bother with an alibi. 😉

  • jenniferwindrum

    I do think at one point @AmyVernon  was my wife…or maybe that was just in my head @Tinu ? For realz, you are the bestest, Amy. Somehow, in between doing all of her incredible work “stuff,” she manages to be an awesome friend too. Oh, and @ginidietrich , great pick!!

    • @jenniferwindrum  Thanks, love! Sorry about your Huskers. 🙁

    • @jenniferwindrum  @Tinu  @ginidietrich Some people make it easy to be friends with. <3

  • HowieG

    Yes @AmyVernon started Free Bacon Fridays at the IML. I understand it draws a lot of riff raff and hangers on. Last year they wouldn’t let in Bloomberg so he threatened to buy the business just to get the bacon. Luckily controlling shares are held by @Erin F. who has them locked up in a trust only able to be sold should Texas and Oklahoma secede and join Russia in a loose federation of ruled by the Pope and Lindsay Lohan. Not often a business titan is spurned but a wordsmith. But then @jasonkonopinski stopped @realdonaldtrump from buying his fly tying business to gain control of part of Pennsylvania to open a fly fishing casino.
    One thing no one knows about @AmyVernon is that she invented the drinking game Quarters. In fact it was called Dimes and Nickels until through vigorous R&D in high school she proved a Quarter is more naturally suited. She was published in Scientific American at age 17 showing the physics between the coins and various table and counter tops.

    • belllindsay

      @HowieG  @AmyVernon  @Erin F.  @jasonkonopinski HOWIE!!! *swoon*

    • @HowieG  @Erin F.  @jasonkonopinski Howie! You weren’t supposed to tell anyone about that. Now everyone’s gonna know I’m old.

      • @AmyVernon  @HowieG  @Erin F. You’ve been Goldfarb’d.

    • @HowieG  @AmyVernon  @jasonkonopinski That’s right. I hold the keys to the kingdom.

  • AnneReuss

    I’ve been secretly in love with @AmyVernon since I met her in NYC. I hope I cross paths with her more often. I’m NO where near wifey status but Amy…I cook a mean bacon pasta. Really. Let’s have a date next time I come back to visit, k??

    • @AnneReuss Absolutely, Anne! I’d hang out with you even if bacon weren’t involved. 🙂 I hope to make it out to Chicago sometime this year, too.

      • HeidiMassey

        @AmyVernon  @AnneReuss Chicago? REALLY??? YEA!!!!!

        • @HeidiMassey  @AmyVernon  @AnneReuss YEAH!!!!

  • Technorati responds, “Swordfish.”

    • @Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes The rooster crows at midnight.

      • @AmyVernon
        “Listen to me, Hillary. I’m not the first guy who fell in love with a woman that he met at a restaurant who turned out to be the daughter of a kidnapped scientist, only to lose her to her childhood lover who she last saw on a deserted island, who then turned out fifteen years later to be the leader of the French underground.’

        • @Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes  @AmyVernon OMG. Nerds.

  • Hmmmm… now I know whom to stalk at NMX! i’d been wondering all along why I was going now I have a purpose. Wait, why stalk? After all, I’ve been officially introduced by Gini herself so I can just go right into a marriage proposal. After all, I’ve clicked your links and read all about you now … 
    I quote: “And if I’m out with certain friends, I pretty much have no choice but to have bacon.” I ask you Amy: What more do I need to know?
     We don’t have to set a date. Vegas is very open to “marriage-at-first-sight” events. I have a bacon ring. Amy? Will you … ?

    • @Carmelo True story: I got married (for real) in a drive-thru in Vegas. 15 years ago. 🙂 No bacon involved, even.

      • @AmyVernon LOL … oh wow. That’s just awesome! So, I’m Johnny come lately once again! 🙂

      • AmyVernon Carmelo If I ever become brave enough to take the plunge again, I will being doing the same thing….maybe even tossing an Elvis into the mix!  =)

  • rdopping

    Anyone that likes bacon is ok in my books. Nice to meetchoo @AmyVernon

  • I had no idea! Someone  who is always accessible with banter and posts and making life on the ‘webz more terrific? Amy, I bow to you…thanks for all you do and who you are. Better yet, what took you so long, Twin, to feature this hot tamale?

    • @Soulati | B2B Social Media Marketing Awww. Thanks. 🙂

    • @Soulati | B2B Social Media Marketing When you only do one a week, there is a HUGE backlog.

      • @ginidietrich  @Soulati | B2B Social Media Marketing  (‘S why I HAVE to get miss fancy shoes up here… or I’ll never get there! LOL)

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  • Wow! I am SURROUNDED by totally amazing women! It simply cannot get any better than that. Period. This is going to be an incredible (and insanely busy) year! Happy to meet another spouse of yours! (Hi Amy!)

    • @AlaskaChickBlog Hi! 🙂 Wait – @ginidietrich has another spouse?

  • Amy, how nice to make your acquaintance. Any friend of bacon is a friend of mine. Do you have any preferences among national brands? (Yes, this a serious question… Kinda!)

    • @barrettrossie Oscar Mayer’s thick cut is actually quite good. Believe it or not, I am not extraordinarily picky when it comes to brands. Smithfield is good, too. 🙂

  • Peter Bordes

    Thanks from all of us Internet Media Labs for the #FF love for our Amy Vernon !

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