Gini Dietrich

Gin and Topics: Strawberry Pie and a Gun Leaving People Speechless

By: Gini Dietrich | March 9, 2012 | 

I really thought yesterday was Friday. I got up to write Gin and Topics and got halfway through before I realized it was only Thursday.

What a disappointment!

But that’s OK. Friday is here now. Only one thing…it’s daylight savings this weekend. So you’re going to lose an hour. Try not to be too grouchy about it.

And…for all of you at SxSW? I’m officially envious. Have tons of fun, learn lots, and bring back good stories to share!

5. Strawberry Pie. Grannies are for pononin noobs! OK. I have no idea what that means, but this is pretty funny. Thanks to Ifdy Perez for sending it to me.

4. Google Puts Feet On the Street. My Marketing in the Round co-author, Geoff Livingston, writes a compelling blog post about how Google is hoping to compete with Facebook and others…by putting people on the street. They’re going into businesses and showing them how to use Google+. Methinks this is cheating. See what you think.

3. Facebook Rolls Out Timeline for Businesses. Hopefully you didn’t miss the big announcement last week, but if you did, Facebook has finally opened Timeline for businesses. We love it! We still have some work to do on the Arment Dietrich page, but it’s getting there. It’s so well organized, easy to look at, and easy to find conversations.

2. Japanese Ray Gun Leaves People Speechless. OK. I’m pretty sure I should not find this as entertaining as I do, but… It’s a ray gun that, when pointed at a person, renders them speechless. The owners of the company that make it say it will be useful in meetings to get the loud mouth to stop talking or in social situations when one person is commandeering the conversation. I could have used it on the El the other day!

1. KONY 12. This is pretty incredible. KONY 2012 is a film by Invisible Children to bring Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony to justice and free the thousands of “invisible children” he has abducted and pressed into soldiering and sex-slavery. They’re calling for a global grassroots campaign on April 20 to find Kony and have him arrested.

And, on that happy note, happy weekend!

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!

  • I want a ray gun to knocks out the stereos of the cars that blast loud music. That thumping bass makes me crazy sometimes.

    • ginidietrich

       @TheJackB I want one to replace my road rage.

      •  @ginidietrich  @TheJackB you can bet that lisagerber , Molly, Patti and the others (even Kelly??) will be purchasing those…

        • ginidietrich

           @KenMueller  Oh you’re funny. I don’t talk that much. I’m an introvert. I listen and take it all in. Even at work. I just talk a lot when I write.

        •  @ginidietrich even at your own meetings? hmmm

        • ginidietrich

           @KenMueller Yep…I tend to take it all in. 

        •  @ginidietrich That’s the way I am too.

        •  @KenMueller  @ginidietrich  @TheJackB  lisagerber Again with Ken trying to pit us against each other… sigh…I def don’t need it in meetings, but it would come in SUPER handy at some family gatherings!!!!! 

        •  @Lisa Gerber  @ginidietrich  @TheJackB  lisagerber I would never try to pit you against each other. Never. Ever. …Never. Nope. 

  • The Google story is interesting. As platforms seek to monetize what they are offering for free, they are really getting more aggressive. I met with a client this morning who says he has had nonstop calls from Facebook trying to get him to place ads. And Yelp is getting pretty weird about trying to get businesses to pay. I find that a real turnoff. 

    • ginidietrich

       @KenMueller It seems so counterintuitive. 

    •  @KenMueller They really are Ken. Facebook’s whole Strategy is going to have us paying to use the Platform if it keeps up at this pace, and Google pretty much says “Yeah, we’re going to collect all your personally identifiable information now and use it for profit, so you better not do anything you want to keep private”. They’re already making money hand over fist, and that’s the problem with going public – you can’t feed enough profits to organization. It requires continuous growth, which requires more profits, which will likely be the downfall of Facebook. 

      • geoffliving

         @etelligence At least Google invested the energy and advertising dollars to educate its users. The rest of mercenaries just screw you.

  • I looked into KONY when people started asking others to point out Uganda on a map (It’s in Africa’s armpit btw). Whil Wheaton shared a post on Tumblr that makes Invisible children look almost as bad as Joseph Kony. Of course, i have a sore spot for charities who spend most of their money on the owners, making movies, and trying to make their owners famous. I like kids and all, but any money you send over there is going to go to a group that abducts children. Kony is the head of the LRM (I think, something Liberation Movement) and the dictators who run the armies who fight him Kidnap and militarize children as well. 
    It’s really just a mess. That’s why I would rather spend my time watching videos about Granny making Pie! lol

    • ginidietrich

       @etelligence But…how fascinating is it they have more than 50 million views in just three days? They’ve struck a chord.

      •  @ginidietrich  @etelligence The interesting thing is that there are a lot of critics, and Invisible Children has done a great job of answering them on their blog, as well as on national TV this morning. A lot of the differences are semantics, and they really did clear up a lot of the misconceptions. I’ve been following and supporting IC since their beginnings and know some folks who work with them. They are very genuine and have great motives. 

  • I want a gun that leaves people speechless! I have a few people I could use that on!

    • ginidietrich

       @NancyD68 I can’t imagine it’s legal, but wouldn’t it be fun??

  • Your FB page looks very nice.  I like it and “Liked” it.  It is strange how social media has changed our language.
    I want the ray gun, too.  Not because there are any chatty McChattersons that I wish to silence, but just because it has “ray gun” in the name.  Isn’t that reason enough?

    • ginidietrich

       @ExtremelyAvg And what if you were at a book signing and someone was chatting your ear off and you couldn’t get to your other guests. You could use it!

      •  @ginidietrich hehe, it is my dream to have someone want to chat my ear off at a book signing.  No way I’m going to mute them.

  • Granny’s rock! I have a crazy, Obama-hating uncle I’d like to use that silencer on.

    • ginidietrich

       @Craig McBreen That wold be awesome!

  • That would be, “Grannies Rock” 🙂 but I think there is a place called “Granny’s Rock.” 😉
    And my crazy uncle really is brainwashed. Don’t worry, he doesn’t read Spin Sucks.

    •  @Craig McBreen wait…he’s crazy and he DOESN’T read Spin Sucks? How odd…

      •  @KenMueller 
        Hey, Ken. Ha ha … GREAT point! 🙂
        But honestly, he’s an entirely different breed of crazy.

        •  @Craig McBreen unlike the folks here who are normal crazy?

    • ginidietrich

       @Craig McBreen We could brainwash him back if he did read!

  • I suppose getting Kony would be a start; there are others like him but maybe if the momentum is started it will at least get the ball rolling. What about Darfur; it’s just as bad if not worse. At least with movements like this, maybe you can actually feel like something is being done.
    I got one of those Ray guns, my wife didn’t think it was funny…………

    • ginidietrich

       @bdorman264 I can TOTALLY see your wife using that ray gun on you!

  • ginidietrich

    @cindyoyo Wasn’t she funny?

    • cindyoyo

      @ginidietrich OMG! I loved Granny! Even when she fed the boy strawberry pie! Thanks for that!

  • I did check out the Kony 2012 today morning (it is night here!) and yes, I believe it is a start to make history.

    • ginidietrich

       @Hajra  I think so, too. It’ll be interesting to watch and see what happens. There are lots of people who think it’s bad form to be doing this.

  • ifdyperez

    Grannies are for pononin-pa-na-noobs! Loved it lol.

    • ginidietrich

       @ifdyperez LOL!!

  • DoTime_WX

    @ginidietrich Thank you Ms Dietrich!

    • ginidietrich

      @DoTime_WX You bet!