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Gini Dietrich

The June 5 #FollowFriday List!

By: Gini Dietrich | June 5, 2009 | 
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Last week’s blog post “WTH is FollowFriday” was very popular because people now have a reason to follow others on Twitter. Therefore, I’m making it a Friday tradition.

If you’re not on Twitter, get there and follow these people!

If you are on Twitter, following are my recommendations for today.

@wiskup I met Mark when he spoke to my Vistage group three years ago. He’s one of the best communication professionals I know…and really knows how to tell you like it is. Even though I spend all of my days communicating, he still knows how to help make me better. Plus, he has a new book coming out this fall, “Don’t Be that Boss,” that every manager must read!

@jonesdel Del is the leadership reporter for USA Today. But if that’s not enough, he’s one of the nicest reporters I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with.  Now PR people, that doesn’t mean you should go on and pitch him right now! He knows what is a story and he doesn’t want to be bothered by mundane stuff just because I said he’s nice.  But if you do pitch him, and it is a story, he will get back to you…even if it’s not right when you send the email.

@CharPennyAnn Char did some work for us in 2008. Cold calling. Can you imagine a worse job? But she did it with a smile, with enthusiasm, and she introduced us to some great leads! She still does that…from her home office in Seattle, should you need a great cold caller!

@NatSlavin I met Nat almost accidentally at a TweetUp in Chicago a few months ago. Our mutual friend @SarahRobinson told me the day of the TweetUp that he was going to be there and I should look him up.  He does marketing for law firms and is one of the smartest marketers I know. He’s a must…especially if you’re in the legal field.

@AbbieF I met Abbie through Counselors Academy a few years ago and she quickly has become one of my dearest friends. She’s a PR pro, a great business leader, and she’s just darn funny. Plus her dog @VivaDog is on Twitter, too!

@MelanieGreen Talk about a small world. Melanie is a client of Nat’s. She also is one of Abbie’s best friends. Needless to say, it was imperative we meet. Melanie is a chief marketing offier for a law firm and she lives in Indianapolis. She makes it Chicago every couple of months so, if you live here, follow her and you’ll get to meet her someday!

@Big_Teeth I recently was invited to a BBQ at Gregg’s business. He makes videos. Really good ones. And he won Super Bowl tickets (which I’m still trying to steal) in a poker tournament.  If you ever need a video made, you must call them!

@SEOCopy Last week I forgot my favorite dual personality in Gabriella and @Level343. Somehow she’s managed to not only engage with @luiserpa and me, but also to endear herself to us forever. If you need help with search engine optimization, she’s your gal!

@Rieva I met Rieva in San Diego in January and became fast friends. She’s one of those women you automatically admire. Her resume is immpecable (think Entrepreneur editor) and she now freelances. Her biggest gig is with AllBusiness.com and she knows what she’s doing. She just launched the franchise blog there and is one to watch. Plus, if you ever need writing help, call her!

@Nylons I don’t know where to begin with Nancy. She is the funniest person I know in real life. She knows how to take an ordinary situation and make it extraordinary. She is the CEO of Clockwork, a Web firm she started with a couple of musician friends. Now the firm is the best in Minneapolis (maybe in the entire Midwest) and I’m proud to call her a friend, client, and partner.

@RickBakas Rick is one of those guys that has a zillion Twitter followers and when you meet him you think you’re going to get the distant “I don’t really know who you are” look. But he is a true engager, on Twitter and in real life. He’s entered in a contest to be the Murphy-Goode winery blogger/tweeter and you should vote for him here!

@KendallThiessen Kendall is one of the first “relationships” I developed on Twitter. You want to know why? He teased me about my Neil Diamond pick on blip. That endeared him to me immediately. He lives in Denver and I get to see him often, because I’m there so much.

@JazzLifeJunkie Other than wanting to take over Twitter with me (we know how to monetize it!), Kevin is a great wine friend. He sends me links to wines and is even bringing me a bottle when he crashes wine:thirty in a few weeks! Plus, he’s worth the follow just to read his blog post on the Twilight series.

@TimNagle I was immediately interested in what Tim had to say on Twitter because he’s a Duct Tape professional, which is very intriguing to me. Those guys came out of nowhere and then built a network of pros that teach their methodology. Turns out Tim IS very interesting, but also just an all around nice guy. If you’re nice to him, he’ll let you see video of his daughter playing basketball, which is to die for cute.

@FoiledCupcakes If for no other reason but that her cupcakes RULE! They are seriously the best I’ve had…AND she delivers to the greater Chicagoland area. Follow, follow, follow!

@LoisatVistage I somehow have friends with dual personalities because Lois also is @CaliLois. I haven’t figured out what the difference is between the two so sometimes I just rotate who I tweet. I met Lois because she’s a client, but she quickly became a very good friend. She’s a young lady who is going places. Keep an eye on her!

@AmberCadabra I’m almost afraid to tell people that Amber is a friend of mine in real life…even before she was a big deal on Twitter. Why, you ask? Because she’s such a celebrity, that people will innundate me asking for an introduction. So follow her. Engage with her. But make sure it’s smart, sarcastic, and witty…or she may not respond back. That or she’s traveling (I think she’s gone something like 25 days a month!) and just hasn’t had a chance to connect.

@ElizWeiland Another Denver friend who also loves cupcakes, baking, and wine. She is a friend of Kendall’s, which is how we connected in the first place. She’s an entrepreneur trying to change the world. See if you can help her!

@Nuk3Dawg Green Team! Roger is the leader of the green team and we win at everything! He’s worth the follow…if only because his bio is hilarious!

@WhenGrowthStall I had the immense pleasure of meeting Steve in person earlier this week. He gave the keynote at a conference I attended. He owns an ad agency in Albuquerque, he’s written a book (“When Growth Stalls“), and he’s a Vistage speaker. He’s one of those guys that is super successful, but as down-to-earth as they come!

@KelleyMoore My dancing Dallas friend who I met on Twitter because we’re both members of Vistage. She makes me laugh really hard because, like @modishplum, after 15 years of marriage is still undeniably in love with her husband. She is an entrepreneur and business owner – she provides tools for personal and professional success.

@ShirleyBrady I got to know Shirley via the old-fashioned way – EMAIL!  She’s the BusinessWeek.com content editor and one of the nicest people I know…especially for a New Yorker. This one knows how to make you feel like you’re the only person important to her, which is saying a lot considering all of the egos she must deal with on a daily basis. Plus her daughter stories make me laugh really hard!

If you’re not on the first two lists, never fear! I’m OCD about keeping track of all of you so you’ll make it soon!

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.

9 comments
Charlotte Sherman
Charlotte Sherman

Thanks for the mention Gini. I agree with Mari..you're a superstar!

Mari
Mari

Thanks for the recommendation and intro to so many other fab people! You're a superstar, Gini!

Amber Naslund
Amber Naslund

"big deal on Twitter"? Is that like being a champion checkers player?? Oy vey.

Seriously, though. What I love about Twitter is that I *can* talk to tons of people, and I really do my best to respond and engage as much as I possibly can. During the three days of the month I'm not traveling. (I kid. That's what my iphone is for). :) Thanks for introducing me to some new folks.

You know you're one of my favorite people on the entire planet. Twitter be damned. I'd much rather sit and share another bottle of wine on your porch.

tim
tim

You are setting the bar very high on the proper way to use social media and in a very genuine way. Very impressive. You can't teach genuine, you either have it or you don't.....and YOU have it.

CandiceStone
CandiceStone

What a great read! Great vibrant intros every one!

Kevin
Kevin

Hi Gini,

I am also one of those that has been a little put off by Follow Friday. I get, and even like, the concept but I've been so bombarded with FF tweets that it is difficult to keep up with them. I try to recommend with a reason, as you've done so well with your #tlist, but have to admit that I stay away from Twitter a little more on Fridays because of the FF traffic.

All that said, thanks for adding me to your list. Pretty impressive company. I will not let you down and look forward to meeting more great people like you and sharing wine, music, and good times with everyone.

Kevin
Jazzlifejunkie

Gabriella
Gabriella

Well I am finally on one of your lists. Needless to say I tossed and turned wondering what did I have to do in order to get on your list? So for the last week I thought as long as I am nice and say how wonderful you are would be good enough...lol I see it worked. All kidding aside, you are a wonderful writer, and a great social network Queen. You have introduced me to a few new Twitt peeps to follow... Great way to do this #FollowFriday. Keep in mind anytime you need help with SEO muscle call me... I am sure I can help.