#FollowFriday: Gini Dietrich

#FollowFriday: Gini Dietrich

I admit it. I gave up on the whole #FollowFriday thing.

I never followed anyone’s suggestions. Not that I don’t respect their opinions, or think their recomendations weren’t worth a follow. I just let all those #FF tweets flow by in my stream.

I’m not the only one that feels like Follow Friday is becoming a thing of the past. What used to be a Twitter staple is now becoming obsolete.

The Oatmeal takes a humorous look at how Follow Friday is supposed to work (and how it really works).

I haven’t given up on the idea of Follow Friday, just the way it’s been done in the past. A 140 character tweet doesn’t give you much room. It’s just a quick blurb about why someone is follow-worthy. I want a way to share more about that person.

There has to be better ways to follow than #ff!

I like the way SpinSucks #FollowFriday recommendations work. Each week a member of their community is featured in a blog post. A much better way to highlight someone and what you’ll get by following them.

It’s something I’m starting on this blog too!

So, since I stole got the idea from her blog, who better than to be my first Follow Friday recommendation than Gini Dietrich herself!

Gini DietrichI don’t remember how I first came across Gini, but she’s one of the first people I started following on social media. I remember one day it clicked to me that the person I was following on Twitter was also co-host of the Inside PR Podcast I listened to.

Gini co-wrote Marketing in the Round(affiliate link) with Geoff Livingston. Her second book, Spin Sucks: Communication and Reputation Management in the Digital Age (affiliate link) is due out this month and available for pre-order now.

Despite both of us living in the Chicagoland area, it wasn’t until June of last year that we were finally at the same place and had a chance to meet.

Gini hosted an event with Sam Fiorella to promote Influence Marketing, the book he co-authored with Danny Brown. Bonus: I get to reuse the same picture for this post!

Gini is a clever, funny, and very smart. As the lead blogger of Spin Sucks she talks about the good, bad, and the ugly of PR and social media. (And there’s plenty of bad and ugly!)

She’s also not afraid to have a little fun with the “Gin & Topics” weekly wrap-ups and posts that drive a lot of conversation. She also has a serious Pinterest addiction.

One of my 2014 goals is to be a SpinSucks Follow Friday recomendation. This post is a blatant attempt to in no way intended to guilt her into it. (My next bribe will be cookies & wine)

I do, however, truly recommend you follow Gini Dietrich!

You can Follow Gini here:

Blog: SpinSucks
Podcast: Inside PR
Twitter: @GiniDietrich
Google+: +GiniDietrich


    • Mike Hale says

      And I’ll be awaiting my SpinSucks sticker! My wife does make delicious cookies, but the chances of any wine making it to you are slim. It is the weekend after all.

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