Where Online REALLY Intersects With Offline – thanks @jasonfalls

I’ve had a pretty good “offline” week that is a direct result of a pretty good online week.

Last Saturday, I “celebrated” a birthday (anyone over 40 puts “celebrate” in somewhat sarcastic quotations), but I must have received more than 30 birthday wishes via Facebook and Twitter.  Although I don’t use it, I understand that Facebook has a little reminder when your friend’s birthday is near.  That’s all well and good, but you still have to take the “offline” initiative to say “Hey, Mark’s a decent guy, I’ll send him birthday greetings.”  And I appreciated every single one.  Online wishes made offline happiness.  And then there was today.

My pal and social media guru Jason Falls made the following post on Twitter:

Jason Falls' Tweet

The man has a following, let me tell you, because I have picked up bunch of new friends/followers since Jason’s shout out.  I owe Jason a big thanks, but also to those of you who chose to follow me today.  Several have remarked that if Jason says I’m “freakin’ brilliant,” then the pressure is really on.

So rather than trying to be witty or snarky (read yesterday’s post: “Lou Capozzi to Me: You Are Like a Right Wing Talk Show Radio Host ), let me give some online thanks for some online love to those who chose to follow me today.  And I believe in what we refer to as “linkey love,” so I thought that if you were nice enough to take Jason’s advice and follow me today, I’d like to offer you some “linkey love” in return.  So, I have listed every person who began following me this morning and would like to say “thank you” to all of them.  I gave this some thought on the “is this creepy?” scale, and then remembered that anyone can see who anyone is following anyway.  So my thanks go to:

  1. Tiffany Winbush
  2. Matthew Chamberlain
  3. Kelli Nowinsky
  4. Marisa Alexis
  5. Charlene Blohm
  6. Dibegin
  7. Brandon Chesnutt
  8. RealPolitix
  9. Soc Media Headhunter
  10. Martin Kulakowski
  11. Caryn Stein
  12. Jennifer Ross
  13. Social Media Smarts
  14. Scott Iseman
  15. Brian Cross
  16. Richard Arblaster
  17. Jayadeep Rath
  18. Chais Meyer
  19. Kevin Urie
  20. Patti Fousek
  21. Anna Tarkov
  22. cbits
  23. roundpeg
  24. Amy Stark
  25. Beverly Macy
  26. Erik Florida
  27. drooling
  28. Walter Pike
  29. Yael Beeri
  30. A. Martin
  31. Paul May
  32. Beth Watkins
  33. Kim Dushinski
  34. Ernest Koe
  35. djsiry
  36. Lauren Ban
  37. Sylvia Martinez
  38. Maren Hogan
  39. Jay Ehret
  40. Wayne Armstrong
  41. Jason Mical
  42. Barbara Gibson
  43. Shonali Burke
  44. Media Mum
  45. Ari Adler
  46. Ken Burbary
  47. Chelsea Hamilton
  48. Sharnese LaNier
  49. Kate Buck
  50. rrcowden
  51. Dana Willhoit
  52. dlayphoto
  53. HumidCity
  54. Dan Thornton
  55. Erica Holt
  56. Susan Getgood

Thanks, guys,  I’ll try to be brilliant.




  1. Thanks for the shout-out Mark! This was nice of you. 🙂

  2. After watching Gary Vaynerchuk’s latest episode he mentioned Google Blog search, so I decided to search on my name and lo and behold my name appeared on here and made me think “ooo” 🙂

    Thanks for the shout out, much appreciated 🙂

  3. I just saw this now. Thanks for the shout-out 🙂 Sorry that the thanks has been so delayed in coming. I’ve been insanely busy! Covering the Mayor of Chicago is a full-time job and now I’ve got a “real” full-time job to go along with it. I’d rather just work on the stuff I want to, but beggars can’t be choosers in this economy.

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