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I get that this piece is meant to harm a company. My question is what has Pando got against Uber? My thought is some on this staff have a vested interest in them not doing well. As for the comment that led to this latest piece, it was weird, and I think the guy is really sorry. I mean, people vent when they get tired of being attacked by a supposedly unbiased (but clearly biased) media. To make this a women's issue is a stretch, but it's the buzz thing now by faux feminist. People vent, just like this piece is nothing but a vent. There are hundreds of companies in Silicon Valley, and I have to wonder why Pando spends so much time doing person hit pieces on Uber. To then go after their investors, shows it is a personal thing. Oh, and if you have nothing to hide, who cares if they or anyone else investigates you. As for the kids, that crosses the line, but I have my doubts on if it was inferred, or if it was put into this story for emotional effect. In reality, Pando is not even a major player, and no one that matters reads Buzzfeed for serious news. If the person who overheard it had gone to, even Techcrunch, or a major news outlet, then I wouldn't think this is just some silliness involving people wanting to feel their "journalism" was endangering them. Right now, it just seems like a piece blown out of proportion for personal gain.
5 months, 1 week ago on The moment I learned just how far Uber will go to silence journalists and attack women
It never occurred to her that she could just look at the photos, which the cousin probably had an album? Or, she could just look at her cousin's photos when she wanted to see them? Paint this person as rude or clueless.
10 months, 1 week ago on Dear Amy: The #SMEtiquette of Tagging Photos
You can't compare really. All of you do different things and draw a different audience, so just because you don't get much does not make it a huge problem for bigger or different blogs. plus, I do think there are so many places to post these days that people are pretty much worn out, so they don't. Or, it could just be the paradox of choice.
1 year ago on Why We Won’t Shut Off Blog Comments
Can we just toss the CEO since clearly he has the morals of an alley cat? By that I mean, time and time again when they have done the unethical or gotten rope burn, he always makes it out to be "nothing." I realize the people driving are Independent Contractors, but they represent Uber, and so they are learning from the top to engage in unacceptable behavior. Forget the drivers and the passengers for a moment, and consider that he toys too much with the business reputation. At some point his competitors are going to win based on being ethical, if nothing else.
1 year, 1 month ago on How to win enemies and influence no one: Uber’s latest surge pricing snafu
So, you didn't keep up with YOUR vaccinations and it's someone else's fault? Well, if you were nine, perhaps, but at 31 it's on you. Plus there was an outbreak of whooping cough. And thinking on it, as you are going around to work and such, aren't you putting all those you come in contact with in jeopardy? Yeah, I thought so. Take your meds and move on to the next faux outrage. Nice link baiting though since really you used her name just for SEO and nothing else.
1 year, 3 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/115551/jenny-mccarthy-anti-vaccination-movement-blame-whooping-cough
Here's a thought: Lighten up
1 year, 3 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/116310/stop-taking-selfies-front-works-art
I get the point of his logic, but I think it is flawed. Why is a textbook the focus anyway? Oh, I forgot, so they can learn to memorize for for the test. Aside from that, how about teaching them to use the tools they will have to use in the current climate? Third, making them print out pages just because you can seems a bit much and anti-environmental. As for no e-readers, nope, they use iPads and such. If a bunch of seemingly smart kids can't figure out how to use these basic digital tools, the issue is with them, not the technology.
1 year, 3 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/116309/data-journalim-professor-wont-assign-e-books-heres-why
Thanks Gini for finally confirming what I have been seeing from quite a few, including myself. The humorous part is when people tell me nothing has changed.
1 year, 9 months ago on Online Habits: Is Less Really More?
@ginidietrich I agree they dropped the ball big time but trust me Ina week no one even thinking about it. Thankfully we live in an ADD society :-) . As for the posting with names thing, Gini,you KNOW the difference between the two. One was testimonial and he other was meant to harass, again, a BIG difference. Put differently, if Isolde you a bike and you lived it and I posted it on my page or made it prominent, no harm, but if I post your name as so done who ran me over with your bike in a place full of people living in their parents basement who have nothing better to donut look up your address, phone, email, etc. post it to other loney people who become outraged that you ran me over, trust me, I know you are going to get threats, harassed, and more. But again, Applebee's did handle this poorly.,
2 years, 2 months ago on Six Tips for Managing an Out-of-Control Social Media Crisis
Sorry, I know I a supposed to be for the underdog here, but I stand by my premise the waitress should have been fired. For one reason alone, stupidity. We all know reddit people love to blow stuff out of proportion except when they thought it was ok to post kiddie porn and pictures of women without their permission, but I digress. The customer belongs to Applebee's, not the employee. She had no right to even copy or take the receipt from the premises let alone post someone's name, whose address, phone number, etc have been made public for people to harass her. She would be suing if the shoe was on the other foot. Applebee's did not handle this well but should have said we don't discuss employee issues. So the waitress has fans, but have any of the given her a job? I doubt it because underneath everyone knows it could have been them. Finally,by taking the receipt which thankfully did not have the credit card number it as some old style ones do,she could have done much more harm. Ok, really last point. This is a story which has been blown out of proportion over what less than $7. Hmmm
Curious, did @Starbucks ever see this?
2 years, 5 months ago on A Fantastic Starbucks Customer Experience Story
Funny you should be mentioning this. I signed up to do it this morning BEFORE reading this. Don't you love simpatico? Onward we write.
2 years, 5 months ago on National Novel Writing Month Begins Today and We’re Participating
@ginidietrich I must admit I have never met someone who adjusts and pivots accordingly like you do. Yes, I do think you hung the moon.
2 years, 6 months ago on Pros and Cons of a Virtual Office
You know Gini, you could rent one of the meeting spaces at a co working site. Usually not more than $100 if you had to for a meeting. That's how some make extra cash on top of the desk space.
@ladylaff You see that is the excuse everyone has been making, the distinction of the roles of the women being maligned, when the REAL issue is,it shouldn't matter. Regardless of who they are, they don't deserve to be called names by men. It's like in the business world, when a man is aggressive/assertive, he is a "leader" but a woman is called a "bitch." Anytime a man wants to diminish a woman he goes to the derogatory name calling file. It is not acceptable on any lever, but in reality men generally get a pass on it since it's a woman they called the name. I was in no way defending Rush, but pointing out the hypocrisy. Think on some of the women leaders in biz world where men freely call them a bitch. It's time for women to stop acting like damsels in distress and start kicking butt and taking names. If you are going to boycott Rush then you should boycott all of them who do it and it is seen as acceptable in society.
3 years, 1 month ago on Rush Limbaugh’s Non-Apology Creates Bigger PR Crisis
Sorry Gini, for once I am going to disagree with you, and here's why:
He has apologized twice, but then the media keeps questioning whether he meant it or not as if they know his heart. Second, the MEDIA has continuously put "slut" and not her name,in their titles to get clicks, My last count was over 210 million according to Google. Third, there is a HUGE piece of hypocrisy going on when Bill Maher, by his own admission can call Sarah Palin a "cunt," "twat" etc repeatedly and suffer zero repercussions. He says he can do it because "he is on HBO and has no advertisers". When Laura Ingraham was called a "slut" "talk-slut" the guy who called her the name got a week off the air, no loss in advertisers. So, perhaps unintentionally, it is acceptable to call conservative women derogatory names while anyone with GOP on their voter registration card is crucified. The media blew this story up for their own gain not to help that lady. She is just the flavor of the day as evidenced by her being put on shows to keep it alive. Rush will lose advertisers, but when it has died down,he will have new advertisers and that woman will never be heard from again, that's how pawns are played. It's a game and she bought into the idea that people really want to hear her ideas.
Sorry, but I will be the devil's advocate but it is a dinosaur and that same necklace is on Google from other places, just flipped around. She didn't create the dinosaur, and there are other issues such as proving it was her original idea (oh wait, ideas aren't copyrightable), so let's say, her original anything. From the search results just putting in dinosaur necklace, I found countless similar necklaces. The thing is I know we are all into the social media thing, but I wonder if she consulted a lawyer first or did she just go out and bash them. How do we know Claire's didn't make it first and she copied it, oh because she said so. Sorry, but for a generic piece of jewelry on an extinct animal, it's not likely she will get any real attention than online. OK, now done with devil's advocate. IF she can prove it then good, but doubt it.
3 years, 1 month ago on Claire’s Ignores Copycat Claims, Deletes Angry Facebook Posts
Hmmm, let me play devil's advocate. Yes, it appears they copied, however,it is a dinosaur and if you do a simple Google search such as I did here, https://www.google.com/search?q=dinosaur+necklaces&hl=en&rlz=1C1CHFX_en&prmd=imvns&source=lnms&tbm=isch&ei=bFtOT82yMbOGiQKv3viPCw&sa=X&oi=mode_link&ct=mode&cd=2&ved=0CFgQ_AUoAQ&biw=1366&bih=643
one would have to ask who copied whom since that necklace is there just going left to right instead of right to left. So, it would seem if anyone could get sued, it could be Tiffany herself since clearly the idea was not original.
As to answering the journalist, Claire's should do that, but that does not mean they have to open their stream to people to be jerks to them when clearly they didn't copy her work.
3 years, 1 month ago on Claire’s Rips Off Tatty Devine and Sticks Head In Proverbial Sand
Her excuse shows she is one of the dime a dozen "hang my shingle" people since no real consultant of ANY kind would let a client dictate to them to be unethical and untruthful. If the client did, then firing them (the client) should be at the top of the to do list. Lets just face the fact she is just full of crap.
3 years, 2 months ago on Social Media Consultant Gone Bad... Real Bad!
I only DM with ppl over a quick issue. I don't get spam DMs since I don't auto follow anyone, and since I follow less than 10 percent of those who follow me, I know what I am getting. If one happens to reach me, it is quickly deleted. I also delete all DMs within 30 days. few ask me for favors anymore so no worries there.
3 years, 2 months ago on Twitter How to: Why I am Not Responding to Your DM (Direct Message) on Twitter
@ginidietrich@JoyFull_deb@dangordon I was looking for them to follow on Pinterest, what's their name on there, couldn't find it. Sigh.
3 years, 3 months ago on The Pinterest Debate Between Two Friends
@wabbitoid All the social networks were invitation only at one point. The thing is it's easy to get one, and think of this, with that invite only in place it has managed to grow leaps and bounds. The thing with being an entrepreneur is that the real ones go where their audience is, it's that simple. If it is in one of the industries Gini described, they would be silly not to be there.
This was funny. @ExtremelyAvg did a great job. I, myself am moving from Tweetdeck to Hootesuite The new one sucks.
3 years, 4 months ago on Twitter Brand Pages are Pointless
@smccollo I know, I hate the new Tweetdeck. Darn those sellouts for selling to Twitter.
I love your honesty Gini. And yes, I think you hung the moon. I have watched people complain and belly ache all year to the point that I started unfollowing them. I know, I'm mean. My year has not sucked per se, but there has been quite a bit of shifting, which got old after awhile. It was people like you who encouraged me, most often without knowing. Here is to an AWESOME 2012.
3 years, 4 months ago on Five Tips for Preparing for 2012
You know Gini, you make some great points. It is sad that people don't know how to be "social." That is my conclusion really. Actually my guess on the email is someone went on some service and paid someone pennies to write that email. So, I don't blame them, I blame the person they represent. I ignore pleas for RTs unless it's by someone I know enough to RT. You are a better woman than me, because I am not researching anything. LOL.
3 years, 6 months ago on Three Examples of Social Media Gone Bad
Failure to me is when a business KNOWS things are changing and refuse to change to stay profitable. Failure to me is not changing course when all signs point to it. Failure is taking the easy way out when a little more elbow grease could turn it around. Failure for a lot of online businesses seems to be having all their eggs in one basket or running after the new shiny thing instead of sticking with what works. Failure is not the end, though it may feel like it, especially if we are heavily emotionally invested in what we are doing, which if you have worked hard and given birth to something, is bound to happen. The biggest failure, bar none, is sitting down and doing nothing out of fear or having to know every variable. With that logic no one would ever do anything and we would all be sitting in the dark if Edison had held to the idea that if something doesn't work then I am a failure.
3 years, 7 months ago on Failure In Entrepreneurship: Is It Okay?
Speaking of bacon. I want some now. nice and crispy.
3 years, 7 months ago on 5 Reasons I Should Get More Blog Comments than Gini Dietrich
@ginidietrich I don't know about that. I have to admit you are rocking and rolling, but you are, uh, how to put this politely, being schooled in your own house. Oh, the fun.
@ginidietrich Friends forever, but this is for global domination and you got a book deal, so I have to catch up.
Sorry @ginidietrich but if I have any hope for global domination I must help @MSchechter . You understand, right? Kiss. kiss.
I think these are all valid points. I know when I am looking at various services I look for price and most often I go with the one who has it listed. My reason is this, call me a cynic but I live in L.A. where small shops never have pricing and I feel like I am thrown into a bargaining match over dish soap. I don't like it, it makes me think that I am about to be taken advantage of regardless of how much it ends up costing.
3 years, 8 months ago on Five Reasons You Should Discuss Pricing on Your Website
Awesome sauce Gini and wise. I tweeted yesterday we need to eliminate the word "fail" from the books, because some things that APPEAR that way are not.
3 years, 11 months ago on Failing In Order to Learn
@ryanknapp Gini and I will have to disagree, but I don't think a company teaching or setting up social media sites is a "get rich quick" thing at all. People that run companies don't have time to learn every new tool coming out. And statistically the majority of small businesses are solo companies. The lone ranger mentality is not smart. If someone knows what they are doing and have PROVEN results then why invent the wheel.
3 years, 12 months ago on The Extinction of Social Media Agencies
Fascinating. Not sure if I agree that FB, Twitter and YouTube are going to die, as much as they will become the norm. Right now businesses are having to be sold on it, but in two years they won't be since those not using one or all of these tools will not be in business.
And here I thought I was sharing new info on publishing your blog to Kindle with you. Next time. Great tools.
4 years ago on Two Tools for Bloggers
4 years, 2 months ago on A Message from Gini Dietrich’s Mom
Awesome goal Gini. Reading competitively, never knew that exsisted. Happy new year.
4 years, 3 months ago on Do One Thing Outside Your Comfort Box in 2011
Great insight and pretty wise.
4 years, 3 months ago on Five Reasons I Lost Readers in 2010
I sort of agree. I followed for followed, but found way too much spam on my stream, so I did the "no, no" and unfollowed all. The benefit has been I am talking more to people, and zero spam. The downside is lost some good people who took it as a personal assault on them when it was not. I have thought of following more, and now that I see how Gini did hers, I may do mine that way. I like it.
4 years, 5 months ago on What Is Your Twitter Policy?
@lgdrew Why should someone who labored over their article, and it being stolen be expected to just give it away. Monica should have asked for compensation, which she is entitled to. The donation part should have been up to Monica.
4 years, 5 months ago on Holy Crap, Cooks Source!
It is copyright infringement, and if she was a "big time" editor she would know that. Info on the web is NOT considered public domain, it's just public. There is a difference. If you go by her stand then a song that was just released today online would be public domain, and we know that is not true. She is a thief, but sadly she is a dime a dozen. Online, people do steal people's stuff and claim as their own. It is plagiarism gone wild. It seems the only way to deal with someone like that is in the court system. It seems she stole items from some major outlets, so I think think that will happen really soon. Thing is, has someone dealt with the publisher? Editor is an employee, so it's time to go straight to the top.
@lindsayanng ANY business has to have a good plan, investors or not. Looks to me like her problem is overhead, but also HER priories changed. This was her 3rd startup, and it seems to have been the one that did not come easily. When lights start being cut off, it's time for a different plan. She says she got married, had 2 kids and a farm, so probably just not into it anymore. So now, it appears that she has moved from heading the company to being an employee working at home, and that may work to get the pressure off of her.
4 years, 6 months ago on Having Children Means You Can’t Run a Start-Up
Enjoyed your post Gini. My issue with Penelope Trunk is twofold. One, the broad brush she uses to pretty much insult people. Secondly, sorry, can't get over her tweeting:"I'm in a board meeting. Having a miscarriage. Thank goodness, because there's a fucked-up 3-week hoop-jump to have an abortion in Wisconsin." http://twitter.com/#!/penelopetrunk/status/4147262767 So the attitude now seems to be a little, I don't know, bull crappy.