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Gin and Topics: Tweeting Beyond the Grave and Gorillas On Camera

By: Gini Dietrich | February 17, 2012 | 
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It’s Friday! I was on the plane last night and realized it was Thursday, not Wednesday like I thought.

Do the weeks go by faster and faster as the year progresses?

Or maybe I’m just getting old.

Don’t answer that!

I won’t keep you from getting to Gin and Topics. There are some good ones this week.

Thanks to everyone who sends me links. Keep ‘em coming!

5. Facebook Parenting. It’s doubtful you missed this video, but if you did, it’s a must see. It’s long (eight-ish minutes), but trust me when I say it’s worth watching all the way to the end. All I have to say is if I wrote a letter about my parents, claiming I needed to be paid for the chores I was doing, my dad would have packed my bags and told me to get out in the big, old world and figure it out. And he would have been serious. You can see this dad’s response to all the negative responses here. Me? I love it. If I had kids and I threatened to put a bullet through the laptop if they did something like this again (yes, this was the second time), I’d do it. My hat is off to him.

4. Gorilla Lured by iPhone. I LOVE MONKEYS!! I mean, love. I am so doing this. This guy used the front-facing camera on his iPhone, and a mirror, and captured the attention of monkeys. It’s freaking awesome. I’m so doing this. You’ll find me at the zoo this weekend. THANK YOU, Kat Krieger, for sending this to me!

3. Shearman Lawyer In “Spit-Roast” Email Shame. Deb Dobson sent this to me the other day and I was both appalled and amused. A young attorney, getting ready for a bachelor weekend, sent his buddies a list of rules, including, “Cheating is allowed.” Well, it was leaked to the media. And, because the dude sent it from his work email address, he’s in a lot of hot water. Turns out, what happens in Vegas lives online forever.

2. The Karate Rap. One of my favorite things Bill Simmons does over at Grantland is have his 20-something intern watch clips from 80s movies and shows and write his reaction. When John Trader sent me this Karate Rap from the 80s, I could only think of that and my reaction. See what you think. It’s bad. It’s really bad.

1. Tweeting from Beyond the Grave. I can’t remember where I was, but I was speaking and we were talking about QR codes. A guy in the audience said his business makes gravestones and he’s considering adding QR codes so people can add more information than just the person’s name and lifespan. I thought it was both brilliant and morbid. Then Kat Krieger sent me this article and it seems to be a trend!

Happy Weekend, all!

About Gini Dietrich


Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, a Chicago-based integrated marketing communications firm. She is the lead blogger here at Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro. She is the co-author of Marketing in the Round and co-host of Inside PR. Her second book, Spin Sucks, is available now.

25 comments
etelligence
etelligence

lol @ "It works on Higher order primates too" and "he's a karate dog, with a karate bone".

4Hensandrooster
4Hensandrooster

I (along with every other parent in the world) wrote about the FB parenting video. I'm with you.. I think what he did was right for his situation (he actually lives about an hour from me here in NC) and every parent knows that if you tell a kid the consequences are going to be ____ you better deliver or you'll look like a fool. I also think he's taken a beating for it and people need to lighten up and stop pretending to be psychologists. One of my posts about kids selling things and people who don't buy got me a LOT of "you should be ashamed of yourself" comments when BlogHer featured it. Lighten up people.

TheJackB
TheJackB

I could totally see myself tweeting from beyond the grave. That would be pretty cool. On a related note I know of a few Facebook pages that belong to people that died but are still being updated/maintained.

Robb_Wexler
Robb_Wexler

@ginidietrich Pies....Gin....what's next...mentioning ribs so I can continue the day of drool? Wait...scratch that visual.

Hajra
Hajra

Tweeting from the other side is actually happening. But in the actual sense; if you see Amy Winehouse's Twitter account; "she" is still updating her tweets! He twitter account has been maintained and is regularly updated.

As for the teen, is she was so upset, why couldn't she just talk to her dad. And yes, my dad would have sent me out too. No bags packed.

Anthony_Rodriguez
Anthony_Rodriguez

I loved that Orangutan video. My family and I are zoo nuts! This might be a nice little experiment for the weekend.

PattiRoseKnight
PattiRoseKnight

I am 100% behind you on the parenting one - I too would have been sent on my merry way if I had ever had the nerve to ask for payment for ANYTHING! Some people think it's a bit extreme but they are from NC where firearms are still our right as US citizens! I am 100% behind this man; he works in the IT field and his daughter didn't think he's find out what she was saying.....POWER TO THE PARENTS!!!!

KenMueller
KenMueller

It's amazing the wide range of reactions to the Facebook parenting video. I love how he responded to her and followed through.

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ginidietrich
ginidietrich moderator

@4Hensandrooster My absolute favorite is when his daughter asked him to post on FB and ask if there is another job a girl whose laptop is shot through can get...because she's not fond of stripping.

I watched How Does She Do It last night and it made me angry. I have an idea. I'll parent the way I want to and you do it the way you want to and we'll all live harmoniously in this world. Why do people try to shove their beliefs on others?

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ginidietrich
ginidietrich moderator

@Hajra Shut. Up. Her Twitter account is still being maintained?!? I have to check this out.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich moderator

@PattiRoseKnight That kid will go into the workforce with her eyes wide open. He won't be calling her new boss asking for a pay raise or extra time off for her.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich moderator

@KenMueller I also love that his daughter asked him to ask people on FB if there is any other job, besides stripper, that someone who has their laptop shot can do. Because she's not really leaning toward that job.

Hajra
Hajra

@ginidietrich I don't understand the motive; are we so celeb crazy that we feel the need to "hold on"; or are we just plain old sadists who like to dissect people and their lives even after they are dead... it is a little troubling I feel.

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