Gini Dietrich

Gin and Topics: Chicken Pox Lollipops, Steve Jobs, and More!

By: Gini Dietrich | November 11, 2011 | 

Did this week feel like an entire month to anyone else?

Joe Frazier died. Heavy D died. Joe Paterno was fired. Kim Kardashian didn’t make the news. I spoke four times in three days. And Google+ rolled out their brand pages.

A lot happened!

But nothing compares to the video you’re going to see in the number one spot of today’s Gin and Topics. So I’ll let you get to it.

5. Google+ Is Dead. This is a really interesting article in Slate about Google+ vs. Facebook. The author makes a pretty bold statement: The opportunity for Google to compete with Facebook has come and gone. But here’s the thing. I don’t think they’re competing with Facebook at all. I think they got into the social space to drive more search and, because of privacy issues, they don’t have access to our stuff on Facebook. It’s not a Facebook or Twitter or LinkedIn killer. They’re using it simply to get more data out of us. Hmmmm…that might be an entire blog post. I’ll have to think about it.

4. The Real Genius of Steve Jobs. Love him or hate him, no one can argue Malcolm Gladwell is a brilliant writer. Here he dissects Steve Jobs’s biography in his New Yorker column. As is normal, it’s really long, but very well worth the read.

3. Chicken Pox Lollipops Being Sent through Mail. This is one of those WTH stories. Parents are sending chicken pox-infected candy to Facebook friends in order to infect their kids to control when/how they get the virus. For those of you who are fearful of vaccinations and are thinking about trading candy with strangers via the mail, not only is it a really bad idea, it turns out it’s against the law.

2. Google Bans Contests and Promotions on Plus. Another Google+ story; forgive me. It’s something important for everyone to know, though. Unlike Facebook, you will not be able to have contests or promotions on your Google+ branded page. You’ll have to push people to something you own, instead (I say: Hooray!).

1. Sometimes You Just Gotta Lighten Things Up. So I’m in the airport yesterday, getting ready to elbow my way on to the plane, and I see a ping on the blog from Ken Mueller. I open it and find this video. I don’t really have any words for it other than it’s hilarious and I feel like I just got roasted. I don’t want to ruin it for you, but if you watch any of my videos, you’ll enjoy the mockery of me.

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!

  • Loved the video. Great example of not taking things too seriously. awesome job Ken. Hope he doesnt get too many date offers. Ha ! Big win for your Bears Gini. Yep, surprised me too. They got the Lions this week Oh Boy. Hope you are writing something GOOD, these days. Hint Hint. I know you really do CARE. Ha ! Luv ya.


    By the way, If Ken can wear a ……. helmet, tghen you can get a helmet cam.

    And thats all I got to say about thatyat. (Forrest Gump impression)

    • ginidietrich

      @Al Smith I haven’t forgotten about you! I had a much tighter week than I expected. I seriously feel like I worked an entire month in one week. But it’s on my list. I promise!

      • @ginidietrich I Promise ? Yeah. Whatever. My heart is bleeding for you. Not ! Just cheer for the Falcons and Dolphins. Maybe the Bears can beat the Lions. theyre playin pretty good right now. U goin ?

        • ginidietrich

          @Al Smith I was at the game and THEY WON!!

  • I LOVE the screengrab on the video!!! LOL!!!!

    • ginidietrich

      @Lisa Gerber When I saw that on my phone yesterday I was like, “WTH is this??”

      • @ginidietrich@Lisa Gerber yeah. that’s the one thing I DIDN’T want to happen. man i’m ugly.

  • I showed Dennis that video last night. He feels like he knows you because he hears stories about you and sometimes sees your videos. He was laughing uncontrollably when I showed him this! That was pretty priceless!

    • ginidietrich

      @NancyD68 Priceless…or something like that.

  • Don’t bet against Google+.

    • ginidietrich

      @TheJackB I’m not betting against it. I just don’t think it’s a social media killer.

      • @ginidietrich I wasn’t suggesting that you were or saying anything negative. I offered more of a general response based upon the reactions I have seen in many places.

        Google has ample resources to use to tweak this and they have so many other products/services that it can be integrated with. In my mind it doesn’t have to be a social media killer but if they can grab 100 million users on a regular basis that still makes it quite formidable.

  • PattiRoseKnight

    Ken’s video is hysterical!

    • ginidietrich

      @PattiRoseKnight LOL! I was getting on the plane last night and saw it. I was seriously crying from laughing so hard.

  • KevinVandever

    kenmueller That was disturbing…and so perfect! Thank you!

    • ginidietrich

      @KevinVandever Funny, huh?!

  • Love you!

    • ginidietrich

      @KenMueller Love you back!

  • Oh Ken, you obviously have way too much time on your hands but it was classic; the resemblance was uncanny…………

    • @bdorman264 wish i had time! oh, and the resemblance? You just insulted our beloved Gini big time. You’re gonna be in trouble…

    • @bdorman264 No cake for you dude!

    • ginidietrich

      @bdorman264 And the shoes didn’t come out of my closet. But what the heck – it was HILARIOUS!

  • mdyoder

    @Inkling_Media I thought that was how you normally dress! 🙂

    • Inkling_Media

      @mdyoder dude. shhhh

      • mdyoder

        @Inkling_Media Oh, my bad. You look great! 😉

        • Inkling_Media

          @mdyoder thanks, cutie

  • bradmarley

    RE: Chicken Pox Lollipops.


    • ginidietrich

      @bradmarley RIGHT?! People are so strange.

    • mobileappslink

      @bradmarley Ridiculous! What is that?!

  • Wow. Another thing you and I would agree with. G+ is all about search. 😉

    • ginidietrich

      @Sean McGinnis Dammit. I really hate agreeing with you.

      • I agree with both of you, whats wrong with ME

        • ginidietrich

          @faybiz OH NO! Something is VERY wrong!

  • M_Koehler

    Uh, wow

    • ginidietrich

      @M_Koehler The video?! LOL!

  • Still reading/watching but I had to say – I think you’re right on both counts for G+ – who says they’re in competition with FB? Who says they are similar enough products? It looks like G+ wants to focus on collaboration and in-depth conversation for the purpose of getting direct access to us and our data. Whether they’re competing and/or how isn’t even the right question…

    • ginidietrich

      @Tinu We are saying it – certainly not Google. And I think people are desperate for a Facebook replacement so they’re looking anywhere for it. I don’t think it’s what Google is trying to do, though.

  • The scarier thing about those Chicken Pox Lollipops is that mom’s are having entire parties around Chicken Pox. Inviting people over, putting dots around the house, and encouraging drinking from the same cup, hugs all around…OMFlippin’Gosh! That’s too scary. Don’t invite me or my kids. We’re all vaccinated, thank you.

    I loved Ken’s video! Definite roaster, that one!

    • ginidietrich

      @EricaAllison I have no idea what to say to that. I guess there is something to be said for knowing when your kids are going to get chicken pox, but still. I’m not a parent, but I can 110% guarantee I’d never do that.

  • Wow! Great blogs all around but man was I laughing hysterically at @KenMueller video.

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