Gini Dietrich

#FollowFriday: Howie Goldfarb

By: Gini Dietrich | October 7, 2011 | 
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If you are a long-time reader of Spin Sucks, especially of the comments, today’s #FollowFriday needs no introduction.

Howie Goldfarb is a huge supporter of us here and always adds some fun, with some smarts, in the comments. In fact, it’s because of him that the comments get so lively at times.

Also known as SkyPulseMedia, or Chief Alien, Howie is one of the top five smartest people I know. Sometimes he leaves comments that I read and think, “I have to re-read this when my brain is fresh.” They’re always full of great wisdom, intelligent debate, and a sense of humor.

Don’t get me wrong…he’s incredibly opinionated. In fact, he just quit Facebook in a very public way (or the network that shall not be named) because he’s been disgusted with their privacy issues for as long as I’ve known him (a couple of years) and he joined Diaspora (which I’m still trying to figure out) instead.

He’s been banned from Mashable because they were tired of him debating every, minute detail (which is incredibly entertaining for the rest of us) and he has a great knack for pretending he doesn’t know who a single high-profile blogger is when others tweet or blog about them (which is also incredibly entertaining).

I’ve recently been invited more into his personal life and (I hope he doesn’t mind my telling you this) I’ve learned he has a super soft side.

He’s dating a woman who has a baby (not his) and I’ve been totally amazed at how much he’s in love with her child already. It’s really nice to see and to learn more about him, personally.

Professionally, he’s an advertising professional who really understands measuring results to the bottom line. He’s not a believer in throwing away half of your dollar to make the other half effective. He’s an advocate against ad impressions, which makes me love him even more. AND! He has an entire section on his website dedicated to cocktail recipes. Now you love him too, don’t you?

So, if you don’t already know Howie, check out his website, read his blog, follow him on Twitter, and, when Diaspora is out of alpha testing, you can follow him there.

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.

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jasonkonopinski
4 years 10 months ago

I’ve enjoyed sparring with skypulsemedia – both here and on the wider web. He’s a sharp dude and I’m happy to know him in some small way.

jasonkonopinski
4 years 10 months ago

I’ve enjoyed sparring with skypulsemedia – both here and on the wider web. He’s a sharp dude and I’m happy to know him in some small way.

jasonkonopinski
4 years 10 months ago

I’ve enjoyed sparring with skypulsemedia – both here and on the wider web. He’s a sharp dude and I’m happy to know him in some small way.

skypulsemedia
skypulsemedia
4 years 10 months ago

@jasonkonopinski oh no my career just peaked. I’m only 43 I am doomed to only being seen on @comedycentral roasts now? @ginidietrich

jasonkonopinski
jasonkonopinski
4 years 10 months ago

@skypulsemedia Put me on the panel! @comedycentral @ginidietrich

jasonkonopinski
jasonkonopinski
4 years 10 months ago

@skypulsemedia Put me on the panel! @comedycentral @ginidietrich

John Falchetto
4 years 10 months ago

Howie is the person who made me feel at home when I first started commenting here. His self-depreciating sense of humor hides a very smart professional who made me see things in social media through a new perspective.

But No @skypulsemedia I’m not joining yet another network buddy. Twitter and G+ will have to do 🙂

skypulsemedia
skypulsemedia
4 years 10 months ago

@jasonkonopinski @comedycentral @ginidietrich seriously the gig is yours jason. Unless they roast Snooki or JWow then giving to @adlawguy

jasonkonopinski
jasonkonopinski
4 years 10 months ago

@skypulsemedia Can we add Nicki Minaj to that list? @comedycentral @ginidietrich @adlawguy

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 10 months ago

@jasonkonopinski I read that as the “spider” web and couldn’t figure out what you meant.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 10 months ago

@John Falchetto If Diaspora does what Howie wants it to do, you’ll be hearing from both of us that you need to join.

jasonkonopinski
4 years 10 months ago

@ginidietrich Oh Gini, you so silly.

trontastic
trontastic
4 years 10 months ago

I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Sir Howie. Guess I need to hang around SS a little more.

Hey Howie, I shall now begin stalking you on the Twitter machine. dun dun dunnn.

adamtoporek
4 years 10 months ago

@John Falchetto John pretty much nailed it. Howie made me feel at home here too.

That being said, this is Howie skypulsemedia we’re talking about. Why is everyone being so nice? 🙂

kbloemendaal
kbloemendaal
4 years 10 months ago

Love these follow friday posts, they simply give much greater detail to why I would want to follow someone, and they are usually someone completely new for me!

Great stuff!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 10 months ago

@adamtoporek You know, that’s a great point. No more niceties about Howie!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 10 months ago

@trontastic OMG! You will love him. He’s your kind of smarts and sense of humor.

BTW. I still can’t get over you have a kid in high school. I really thought you were in your mid-20s.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 10 months ago

@kbloemendaal You and I are becoming fast friends! Glad you like these. I feel they’re much more personal than the tweets filled with Twitter handles.

HowieSPM
4 years 10 months ago

@trontastic@ginidietrich or the fact Gini that I should have a kid in high school because i am so old. 8)

Gini see I am not the only one who calls it ‘The twitter’ 8)

faybiz
4 years 10 months ago

I always get a laugh at “Goldfarb” and that is before I read a single word…

HowieSPM
4 years 10 months ago

@ginidietrich@kbloemendaal Gini you should do a retrospective of all your Follow Fridays and the effect of my stalking them on the twitter after. How many got a career boost (probably none) and how many saw their life spiral into a mess of late night parties, rehab, second rehabs and stints on Judge Judy as defendants.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 10 months ago

@faybiz Seriously!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 10 months ago

@faybiz Seriously!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 10 months ago

@HowieSPM It would take me about three seconds to do that.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 10 months ago

@HowieSPM It would take me about three seconds to do that.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 10 months ago

@HowieSPM@trontastic Yes, the two of you and Betty White.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 10 months ago

@HowieSPM@trontastic Yes, the two of you and Betty White.

HowieSPM
4 years 10 months ago
I see you didn’t add a warning label like the one on the packs of cigarettes or beer cans or better yet the drug side effects label they rattle off on TV so fast as not to scare us from asking our doctor for a prescription just to protect your readers from harm. Though perfect time for payback on me huh? Very flattered at your kind words Gini and the readers should know this was not due to my owing you cookies or ice cream sammies, which I do. Working on a Holiday Season Cocktail special recipe which when perfected… Read more »
HowieSPM
4 years 10 months ago
I see you didn’t add a warning label like the one on the packs of cigarettes or beer cans or better yet the drug side effects label they rattle off on TV so fast as not to scare us from asking our doctor for a prescription just to protect your readers from harm. Though perfect time for payback on me huh? Very flattered at your kind words Gini and the readers should know this was not due to my owing you cookies or ice cream sammies, which I do. Working on a Holiday Season Cocktail special recipe which when perfected… Read more »
Soulati | PR
4 years 10 months ago

Oh, man; long time coming. Howie, you RockHot for being you, and it’s so great you’ve got this spotlight to really share your alienness with the whole flippin entire universe. (Your family in the next galaxy is delighted.)

Did you self-host the blog yet?

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 10 months ago

@Soulati | PR NO! He is still on Blogger. It makes me nuts!

Soulati | PR
4 years 10 months ago

Action Needed: Anyone commenting today on Chief Alien MUST put the pressure on for him to self host his blog and get off the dang Blogger.

I secretly believe Howie really doesn’t want more comments b/c he can debate with more power all by himself…cuz we all get frustrated and just leave.

adamtoporek
4 years 10 months ago

@Soulati | PR I got this Jayme. @skypulsemedia Howie, did you know that Blogger was just purchased by Mashable and is being rebranded FaceBlogger.

bdorman264
4 years 10 months ago
My man Howie; before I respond I needed to bring to your attention a message someone sent me on FB. Since you have dropped them of course I could not get it to you. However, when I read the message you were the first one I thought of. Here it is: Hello Facebook Friends: This is an unusual request, but since you are all my friends and many of my friends are journalists or ex-journalists, I think you may be the perfect people to ask. One of Eric’s jobs in New York is doing casting for a company that produces… Read more »
bdorman264
4 years 10 months ago
My man Howie; before I respond I needed to bring to your attention a message someone sent me on FB. Since you have dropped them of course I could not get it to you. However, when I read the message you were the first one I thought of. Here it is: Hello Facebook Friends: This is an unusual request, but since you are all my friends and many of my friends are journalists or ex-journalists, I think you may be the perfect people to ask. One of Eric’s jobs in New York is doing casting for a company that produces… Read more »
Sean McGinnis
4 years 10 months ago

@adamtoporek@skypulsemedia LMAO!

Sean McGinnis
4 years 10 months ago

I’m confused. How is it that you have been drawn more into his personal life if he quit The Facebook? Not sure how that is even possible…..

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 10 months ago

@Sean McGinnis There is this thing called email. And this other thing called the telephone. I don’t know if you’ve heard of them?

Sean McGinnis
4 years 10 months ago

@ginidietrich I know all about the telephone, but it seems you don’t. You’ve never once picked up my calls. I gave up years ago. Perhaps you’re trying to tell me something, but I can’t imagine what that would be…..

Sean McGinnis
4 years 10 months ago

@ginidietrich I know all about the telephone, but it seems you don’t. You’ve never once picked up my calls. I gave up years ago. Perhaps you’re trying to tell me something, but I can’t imagine what that would be…..

JoyFull_deb
JoyFull_deb
4 years 10 months ago

One of my favorite people that follow & comment here on SS. It’s really nice to know he really does have a heart (sounds like a movie character) that’s BIG & mushy…*sigh*

He’s smart, funny, and opinionated. I’m always scanning the comments to see what “The Chief Alien’s ” has to say about your topic and others comments. I’m a BIG fan. Thanks @ginidietrich for adding more insight into “da man!”

@HowieSPM …you #ROCK !!!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 10 months ago

@HowieSPM Maybe I’ll finally get my ice cream sammich!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 10 months ago

@adamtoporek HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 10 months ago

@bdorman264 OMG! He has to apply for that reality show!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 10 months ago

@Sean McGinnis Take a hint.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 10 months ago

@JoyFull_deb He has a GIGANTIC heart!

AllieRambles
4 years 10 months ago

I’m not here often but @bdorman264 sent me today. Glad he did. You guys crack me up!

AllieRambles
4 years 10 months ago

I’m not here often but @bdorman264 sent me today. Glad he did. You guys crack me up!

AllieRambles
4 years 10 months ago

I’m not here often but @bdorman264 sent me today. Glad he did. You guys crack me up!

HowieSPM
4 years 10 months ago

@Sean McGinnis I only quit last week! And @ginidietrich said ‘what will Sean do now that you won’t harass him on my facebook posts?’ I said ‘he is joining diaspora with us’

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