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Gini Dietrich

Gin and Topics: Anonymity and the F Bomb

By: Gini Dietrich | March 11, 2011 | 
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I think Arik Hanson, Lisa Gerber, and I are the only people not in Austin this weekend for SXSW. Arik is turning off Foursquare updates, Lisa is turning off Facebook, and I’m turning off Twitter.

OK. Not really. Let’s be real. I’d die without Twitter, and I’m pretty sure my friends would die without their social networks. Even if we sit here and get more and more envious.

I remember being a little bit jealous last year, but it didn’t really bother me because I was traveling SO MUCH. For some reason, it’s bothering me more this year. It’s not like, you know, we have a new business launching in seven weeks.

But our jealousy is nothing compared to what we all learned when we turned on the news this morning. Our hearts and minds go out to those in Japan, Hawaii, and along the West Coast.

And now on to your regularly scheduled Gin and Topics.

5. Chrysler Loses Control of Twitter Account; Drops F Bomb. I’ve been trying to decide if I’m going to blog about this next week. Patrick Reyes keeps egging me on (maybe HE should write it!). I definitely have an opinion on it, but it’s not so much about the F bomb tweeted accidentally as it is about a client demanding an agency fire an employee. Read it and tell me what do you think. If I blog about it, I’ll include your thoughts.

4. Professors Paid by Qaddafi: Providing Positive Public Relations. As soon as Paul McConaughy sent this link to me, I knew my blood would boil. Yep. It boiled. And yours will too. Turns out Harvard faculty members were paid by the Libyan government to increase positive awareness about Qaddafi…without disclosing it.

3. Help PRSA Define Public Relations. The PR industry is under fire and Jayme Soulati is making it her mission to help PRSA define public relations, which right now reads as a publicity meme. It’s full of so much jargon, I don’t even understand what they’re trying to say. No wonder businesses can’t figure out what it is we do.

2. LinkedIn Launches Social News Site. There are two new features you should know about: Tagging your friends when you comment on Facebook (different than tagging in a status update) and LinkedIn Today. Check them both out – they’re great improvements!

1. Meet the Computer Geeks Who Are “Anonymous.” I love just about anything Vanity Fair writes – part hard news, part entertainment. I always feel much more knowledgeable when I read a story about something pressing. And this whole WikiLeaks thing is fascinating to me. Some of it I think is treasonous, while others (like the HBGary fake personas story) I think are extremely useful. Now we know who is hacking.

Tomorrow night I will be creating three or four recipes using Certified Steak & Seafood Company filet mignons and crab. Full disclosure: They sent me the meat (and yes, I’m a vegetarian), but I’m going to see what I can whip up. My friends get to be guinea pigs and hopefully I win something!

If you don’t get to come over to test the food, too bad for you! But I will post the recipes on my food blog so you can enjoy from your own kitchen.

Have a great weekend!

Always big thanks to Jennifer Hallowes for the image!

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.

58 comments
a_greenwood
a_greenwood

Interesting that as a vegetarian you will still prepare meat. I respect that! Very open minded. As for SXSW, I hate crowds. ;-)

Howie Goldfarb
Howie Goldfarb

Chrysler just threw millions down the drain. All that Superbowl Buzz from their Ad with M&M and how Detroit in Bad-Ass. The Twitter Post was bad not for the F-Bomb but for the content of ridiculing detroit drivers. If you are going to pay my pansy arse sissy cry baby (my view from his first albums lyrics) foul mouthed (absolutely fact) M&M as your celeb to give you street cred you had better have F-Bombs in your twitter feed. So if I was the employee I would mention the fact they were keeping with the 'new image' Chrysler is promoting.

Danny Brown
Danny Brown

My take on the Chrysler thing.

A lot of people are looking at the employee - but what about the management? They train the employee; they ensure policies are in place; they make sure employees aren't overwhelmed by handling too many accounts at once and getting their Tweetdeck log-ins messed up.

Yes, the employee screwed up; but the buck often doesn't (and shouldn't) stop there. Something NMS learned the day after.

M_Koehler
M_Koehler

People are still offended by the fbomb? And they are offended because they saw it on the internet? As you are well aware of, I use the word way, WAY too much. It doesn't even phase me. So I guess I do not understand what the big dealo is. And please do not get me started on SXSW or Bonnaroo or Memphis in May or Bumbershoot or ACL or any other fest that is firmly in my musical wheelhouse and I'm not allowed to attend. le sigh

angelica7641
angelica7641

I have a feeling I'm quite capable of dropping the F* bomb in a similar fashion so for that (and many more reasons) I say it was way too harsh to fire the employee unless he had a bad history with the client and company. People make mistakes....give me a break.

Can't wait for your new recipes!

FollowtheLawyer
FollowtheLawyer

I don't think Danny Brown is here, so you're in good virtual company.

EricaAllison
EricaAllison

Ain't that some sh** - Celo

Well, I headed on over to the Chrysler story and then went deeper to the proper use of the F-bomb video (FU Baltimore, I think it was called) and laughed myself silly. If you haven't seen it yet, do yourself a quick favor. It is Friday after all...and we are reading Gin & Topics.

On a more somber note, the tsunami video - esp without audio - takes your breath away. Wow.

And finally, SXSW is missing something this week, that's for sure! I read that Shankman post as well and thought it was right on the money (having never attended SXSW, I'm referring to the knowing your addictions/demons/destructive behaviors part). happy weekend!

jennwhinnem
jennwhinnem

No, agency should not fire employee. Instead, take employee off the account. The end.

(love Gin & Topics!!)

Lisa Gerber
Lisa Gerber

HAHAHA!

I am so not turning off my FB.

The ONLY thing that will get me to turn off FB is when it's a powder day back home.

Todd Lyden
Todd Lyden

can't wait for the new foodie stuff...

f- the man!

Howie Goldfarb
Howie Goldfarb

Your food blog needs a new recipe =P LOL But looking forward to checking out what you got there!

I don't know why SXSW does nothing for me but it doesn't. Would rather be in Miami for the Winter Music Conference next week or at Carnivale in Rio. When SXSW was more music oriented and just a big party that was my cup of tea but we have a gazillion techie conferences and the 'well everyone is there' jingle to me just doesn't cut it. isn't everyone at TED and Cannes Lionnes and E3 and ComicCon? Ok maybe not ComicCon....lol

And with what happened in Japan it's a bit solemn. Thanks for the reading list can't wait to read about Chrysler and Anonymous.

Soulati | Hybrid PR
Soulati | Hybrid PR

Thanks for the mui bueno link love to help with my industry mission -- to define PR; egads. I'm being told it cannot happen; no one will agree. No worry. I just need one I can live with and share it on the frontlines.

Let's all go live on Gallactica and just, you know, insert its f-bomb.

Saw my first SXSW Foursquare badge unlocked; who will end up as mayor?

Stormy Mother Earth with fighting warlords and politicians -- symbolism?

John Falchetto
John Falchetto

Gini, if you are not in Austin this week, well it's their loss. They should have chosen Chicago. Peter Shankman posted he wasn't going either, too much booze not enough Ironman training. I liked his honesty.

The head of the London of School of Economics resigned over the 'Quadafi scholarship' scandal, and the fact that Saif Quadafi (the son) got a PhD from there without writing his own thesis.

Not surprised by HBR fellows taking cash from Monitor in Boston to do a hearts and minds campaign in favor of Libya.

Have a great weekend Gini :)

dinodogan
dinodogan

Let me start by saying fuck Chrysler. Second, you have a food blog? Thats awesome. Could that be one of your tribes? I think so... :-)