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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. Join the Spin Sucks   community!

  • margieclayman

    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!

    • @margieclayman So surprised, I had to do some research to figure out why I thought he was from Canada.

      • belllindsay

        @ginidietrich  @margieclayman @nickkellet …..because all the extremely nice and funny people are Canadians…?? And often British! 😉

    • @margieclayman Oh and yes…you did introduce me to him. It was in December of 2010.

    • @margieclayman That’s my secret weapon. Don’t tell anyone:)

  • 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.

    • @tamcdonald How do you not remember that?!? Jenn with her “I’m wearing pants” and Nick sprinting down the hallway.

      • @ginidietrich I didn’t say I don’t remember. I remember all too well. Just want to enjoy it all again now!

      • @ginidietrich  @tamcdonald Lucky I had pants on!

    • @tamcdonald Thanks Tim. Very kind of you.

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

    • @jasonkonopinski  Thank you for your support.

      • @ginidietrich I do what I can.

        • @jasonkonopinski  @ginidietrich Thanks for the welcome. Glad to be here.

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

    • @Sean McGinnis Yes, you have four days until your big event.

    • @Sean McGinnis Good question. Deeply focussed on the next big release of Listly right now, so no big travel plans.

      • AnneReuss

        @nickkellet  Oh yes yes he is a special human being. He really helped me as I was gettting into the social media world.  I miss skipping on the High Line in NYC and getting him to enunciate his words more so I could lip read that British accent of his. Great fun.  @Sean McGinnis and I are going to see you soon or we will come after you in his batmobile! 
        Great pick @ginidietrich

  • Welcome to the club Nick! 🙂

    • @katskrieger Thanks. Delighted and honoured to be here.

  • belllindsay

    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!

    • @belllindsay  @ginidietrich Lol to Social Pups!  Great imagery. Thankyou. I recall our conversation too.

      • belllindsay

        @nickkellet  @ginidietrich “Social Pups” – band name! 😉

  • 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.

    • @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!

  • 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 🙂

    • @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

        @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!

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

  • Ginny Soskey

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

    • @Ginny Soskey Thanks Ginny. Yes, this made my day. Great chatting earlier this week. I’m excited to see where that leads.

    • @Ginny Soskey  My favorite named person!

      • Ginny Soskey

        @ginidietrich MY favorite named person! Great post today. 🙂 Hope you have an awesome weekend!

  • rdopping

    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.

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

    • @TheJackB Thanks, I’m touched. These days a man is measured by his content! So true.

  • Hi @nickkellet Lovely to meet you here!

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

    • @BobReed My dog isn’t called “demo” for nothing. He demonstrates and he’s a lover of attention.

  • 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

    • @kateupdates Yes I play a lot of board games – especially Euro games like Settlers, Ticket to Ride and Powergrid. Thanks. Do you know

      • @nickkellet I hadn’t! I’ll check it out for sure 🙂

  • debdobson62

    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.

    • @debdobson62 Thanks. I spend my life running after that dog!

  • JohnThiessen

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

    • @JohnThiessen thanks John, and a big cheer for vulnerability. It can be scary at times.

      • HowieG

        @nickkellet  @JohnThiessen well @ginidietrich told me Jack bauer always is exposing himself on the bus they take. Careful not legal in all cities.

  • 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.

    • @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.

      • @nickkellet
         Yes, you are now a Lvl 2 Spin Sucks Follow Friday person. (Actually, Gini would be in charge of that, but I suspect she would agree.). I love board games, too. Chess, Scrabble, and Risk are three of my favorites. But alas, in this day and age, I find myself playing Words with Friends more than anything.

        • @ExtremelyAvg  How are we not playing WWF??

        • @ginidietrich  @ExtremelyAvg We really should be. I’ve got six friends that I’m constantly battling with, but one just dropped out to try to kick her WWF addiction, so I have space for a new junkie.

        • HowieG

          @ginidietrich  @ExtremelyAvg world warcraft fantasy game?

  • Hi Nick. Will definitely check out Listly.

    • HowieG

      @barrettrossie don’t do it. @kenmueller did and a search team still can’t find him 8)

    • @barrettrossie Thanks. Ping me if you need any help/advice.

  • HowieG

    @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.

    • @HowieG  @nickkellet  @belllindsay Bloom County reference…AWESOME!

    • belllindsay

      @HowieG  @nickkellet BAHAHAHAHA!!  Top goal of 2013: meet Howie in real life!!!!

  • 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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