that’s what I hear anyway
that’s what I hear anyway
Yesterday, I had a flippant reaction to the picture that Huffington Post chose to represent Columbus for its article spotlighting Columbus as the 17th most social media savvy city in the United States.
I still think the picture doesn’t really represent Columbus, but in the cross-fire was Tee Jayes Country Place. That was a pretty douchebaggy, and not the New Media Douchebag variety, just plain old douchebaggy, thing to do.
Nobody really called me out on it. But I felt bad after reading some recent posts on Facebook about the place and the owners.
My friend Tim was the first to comment:
There is quite a history to that sign at the corner of north High and Morse. It used to be Jerry’s Drive-In and that sign is a landmark. I remember riding by it regularly as we were heading to our grandparents in Clintonville. I agree another picture would be a better choice but now you know some trivia if you didn’t already.
Then I see Liz Lessner’s post stating:
Huge congratulations to two of my favorite Columbusites and friends, Dayna Sokol Sandsten and Randy Sokol on the 40th Anniversary today of their restaurants and Columbus institutions, Tee-Jaye’s Country Place. What would we do without that amazing sign on High at Morse?
So I guess Tee Jays is a Columbus institution. They are celebrating their 40th Anniversary. Today. They are good people doing good things for Columbus. And I was the only douchebag in Columbus to rain on their parade.
Oh well. My apologies.
It won’t be the last time that I regret a flippant comment.
This is a long overdue blog post. One that can’t do the man, the legend Rocky VanBrimmer justice.
Follow him on Twitter. He’s @rockson. Check out his blogs, The Central Ohio Network and Delaware O. Get to know him, because he is a star in Columbus. He was the one that got Columbus on the voting page for Startup Weekend. He’s an organizer for RE BarCamp Ohio. He promoted the heck out of MobileX Columbus. He’s gonna MC Wordcamp Columbus / Podcamp Ohio. And he’s RELENTLESSLY keeping the Liberty Community Center in the running for a $25,000 grant from Pepsi.
As much as I like to kid him by calling him coattail, many in Columbus are simply riding his coattail. After all, he was the one that showed Columbus the viability of tweetups and how social media can help a business. Of course, there is nothing wrong riding a coattail. The purpose of this blog post is to give the man his due.
If you have a business, do yourself a favor and check out his business Start Engaging Others. He’ll help your business navigate through the social media waters.
Disclosure: This is not a paid advertisement. I do not work for or receive money from SEO. But I do talk to Rocky from time to time about his business and social media. But only because I like him and truly want to see him succeed in his business.
Hard to believe that on January 26, 2008 I proclaimed that I was late in the Twitter game. I think I was channeling Fergie sining “I’m so two thousand and eight, you’re so two thousand and late”. But truly I was a Johnny Come Lately. Twitter was new to Columbus and not that many people were on and actively using it. I was just exploring it then.
We now know that Twitter has exploded. And Columbus has embraced it. I think.
Columbus Business is using Twitter in droves now. All you need is a way to find them. Enter twitter lists. I’ve collected, and continue to collect, a list of Columbus businesses on Twitter. Check the list periodically to see what’s going on in Columbus and what deals businesses are offering.
Please feel free to suggest other Columbus businesses to add to the list.
Dear Columbus Social Media Expert,
I know how hard it is for you to establish yourself as an expert in the new field of social media. After all, most people have never heard of it until this year. And how do you get your name out there if you can’t get high on the search results?
Well, that’s where I come in. This blog, the270.com ranks very high for the search “social media expert Columbus Ohio”. So I’ll lend you my Google juice. For a fee.
But in all seriousness, I’d love to list you here (and yes, it’ll be a *joke*, but at least you’ll be in on it).
So here is the deal. Donate any amount you feel comfortable to help our family fight ALS. Let me know, and I’ll list you here. Google juice and all.
List of Social Media Experts in Columbus:
Expertise: blogger, event planner (startup weekend columbus, ignite columbus, wordcamp columbus), douchebag
Twitter feed: @wyliemac
Or should have I called it High School Cliques? I don’t know, but I love watching the drama play out on Twitter. It’s all good in my opinion.
Last week, Brian Solis was in town to talk to the Central Ohio chapter of the Public Relations Society of America about ”the new landscape of PR and the emerging new roles and responsibilities which we must embrace in order to successfully and genuinely evolve and ensure our place in the future communications economy.”
While I planned to attend the lunch, I became too busy at work to attend, so I gave my ticket away to the SOLD OUT event. But luckily, I was invited to attend a small dinner with Brian the night before at Martini. I’m certainly glad I went, and just by hearing him talk, I understand why he’s such the rockstar in the PR and Social Media world.
Joining me at the dinner was Kelli Knowinsky (the person who invited Brian to come to Columbus), Kevin Pfefferle, Nick Seguin, Jim Canterucci, Angela Siefer and Jamie Timm. I have gotten to know these folks from twitter and it’s easy to see why Brian came to the conclusion that “Columbus is indeed a developing social media and new tech hub and is ripe for the next wave of events that spotlight the local social economy.”
Here are some photos from my dinner.