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#FollowFriday: Nick Kellet

By: Gini Dietrich | January 18, 2013 | 

I’d heard Nick Kellet’s name tossed around for a couple of years before I first “met” him.

He’s the founder of Listly and I believe it was Marjorini (aka Margie) Clayman who first introduced him to me, via her blog, as an up-and-comer star.

But when I first really met him? Last November during a Community Management Hangout hosted by Tim McDonald.

Nick was one of the attendees and he joined the chat as an active – and very funny – member.

In fact, one of the things forever ingrained in my brain about Nick is that, halfway through the Hangout, you suddenly see him sprinting down the hallway. The rest of us on the Hangout watched this happen with great humor.

I guess there was a delivery man at his door and he wanted to get to it before the bell rang and his dog started barking, creating a sound issue for the Hangout. But I’ll never forget watching him sprint down the hallway, seeing on the back of his head bob in and out of the camera’s view.

That, however, is not what he’s known for globally. He is the co-founder of Listly, an app that not only allows you to create and share lists on the social networks, but to do so in your blog posts.

If you blog consistently, you already know lists posts are always very popular with readers. Listly makes it easy for you to create – and crowdsouce – them so they grow beyond your own readership.

For instance, the inauguration is this weekend. If you’re going, you can check out the Listly for the events to see who is going where, which are the most popular, and whether or not tickets are still available.

People vote up (or down) their favorite things on the list and suddenly you have audience participation.

But enough about Listly. This is about Nick.

If you simply read his bio, you’ll discover he’s more intelligent than 99.9 percent of the population and that he has some interesting experience.

In a previous life, he was a board game developer (he created GiftTRAP) and won an award the equivalent of an Oscar in that field.

Get to know Nick. You can find him on Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Facebook, his own website, and on the Listly blog. And maybe, if you’re as lucky as me, you’ll be on a Hangout with him and see another human side of this wickedly smart human cyborg.

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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66 responses to “#FollowFriday: Nick Kellet”

  1. margieclayman says:

    Wahooo for Nick!!!! 
    Gini, weren’t you surprised to hear a British accent come outta his mouth? 🙂 
    Glad I could help introduce you two fine folks, if I really did. Wahoo!

  2. tamcdonald says:

    Now I need to watch that hangout again. Thanks Gini! 
    Nick is truly one great guy who has the rare ability to take his knowledge, share it will all and always in a friendly way.

  3. Nice one, @ginidietrich !  
    Welcome to the fold, @nickkellet . 🙂

  4. Is it Friday. Already?
    Nick, when are you coming back to Chicago?

  5. katskrieger says:

    Welcome to the club Nick! 🙂

  6. belllindsay says:

    Hey!! I know @nickkellet !! I followed him on Twitter back when I was just a social media pup – getting my feet wet so to speak – and if memory serves, he was extremely welcoming, gracious and very very nice to me! And @ginidietrich ‘s correct – very very funny as well. Welcome to the Follow Friday Fraternity Nick!

  7. Hello Nick!! Nice to “meet” you! I would’ve done the same thing with the doorbell. My dog goes NUTS when someone comes up to the house…she thinks everyone wants to play with her.

    • nickkellet says:

      @yvettepistorio Yes, my dog Demo is quite a character. I hadn’t let him out and he was making noises. I figured on a hangout of 8 people that I wouldn’t be missed. I forgot that the camera was pointing directly down the long corridor. Way to make an impression!

  8. I filed Nick under people who make a deep, immediate impression…the minute he blew into SOBCon Portland last year and sat next to me at the (in)famous Table 2.  He’s definitely one to watch, as he uses intelligence, humor, and keen insight to introduce to the world.  And I remember that hangout…it was a rollicking good time, as I recall 🙂

    • nickkellet says:

      @rosemaryoneill Thankyou, so kind. My famous friend casudi need to be in on this conversation:) Sobcon was a lot of fun. And we had a great table, even if I arrived a little late.

      • CASUDI says:

        @nickkellet  I am only famous in connection to my conversations about being famous, however this fab post giving you recognition you most assuredly deserve is a big step to YOU becoming really famous!
        Fame breeds influence of course! 
        The next iteration and up-style of is going to be huge IMO, attracting mainstream adopters. going mainstream.
        I appreciate everything said here about you, and I am very fortunate to have you as a friend and frequent ‘ real life’  visitor to my Island Retreat!

    • ginidietrich says:

      @rosemaryoneill It sounds like he knows how to make an impression.

  9. Ginny Soskey says:

    @nickkellet Excited to see you mentioned here! It’s well deserved. 🙂

  10. rdopping says:

    Yo dude. Welcome to the fray……what? Who the heck am I. Absent, that’s who! Hi @ginidietrich  I miss you and hello @nickkellet nice to meetchoo too.

  11. TheJackB says:

    I am fortunate to be in a tribe with Nick. Very solid content.

  12. allenmireles says:

    Hi @nickkellet Lovely to meet you here!

  13. BobReed says:

    Hi, Nick. Nice to meet you! The dog thing around here happens several times a day.  Just no camera to catch it.

  14. kateupdates says:

    Hi Nick 🙂 I am a HUGE board game fan (I’m known in some circles as Queen of Board Games) and your game looks super fun! So cool. I have heard of Listly but haven’t tried it. It sounds amazing. I’ll be sure to check it out and use it for my blog.
    Happy to get to know a little more about you, Nick. Happy Follow Friday!
    – Kate

  15. debdobson62 says:

    Hi Nick.  Following you now.  Very interesting bio and love the image of you running to get the doorbell before the dog hears.  I so can relate.

  16. JohnThiessen says:

    Hugs to a friend who isn’t afraid to expose himself

  17. ExtremelyAvg says:

    I had not heard of Listly or Mr. Nick Kellet, but I do like funny.  I also like board games, so he gets two points for that. Follow Friday is such a good source for cool people.

    • nickkellet says:

      @ExtremelyAvg Two points! Excellent. Do I “level up” yet? I hope so. Us gamers like to make progress. I’m more of a cardboard gamer than a digi gamer, but the motivations are very similar. 
      This is such a great way to do follow friday.

  18. Hi Nick. Will definitely check out Listly.

  19. HowieG says:

    @nickkellet and I spent 4 years just trying to come up with the business name. It seems everything was taken. Make a List Dot Com. My List is Bitchin Dot Com. Bitch My List Dot Com. Lastly this is my List Dot Com. We set up an algorithm on a super computer (his IPad) and it ran for 27 hrs a day 35 days per month 14 months per year for 2 years. I gave up. Walked away. It finally gave Listly as the output. The first idea I had back in 2008. I am now suing him for claim as original partner. I have a napkin with an agreement signed when we got trashed with @belllindsay in Brussels under that Bridge over the river…..drinking wine from a box……while arming our hands on a campfire….in a 50 gal drum…..with other people like us. Homeless.
    Now @belllindsay and I are still on the street and he is all famous and all. Phbltttttt! as Bill the Cat would say.

  20. dbvickery says:

    Looking forward to getting self-hosted soon, so I can add Listly to my blog site in a few places. I also appreciate the “just right” level of details and insights in @nickkellet blog posts.
    Of course, I also appreciate he was one of our first Hecklers’ Hangout guests…like the incomparable Gini Dietrich. Nick didn’t bring his dog, though.

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