50 Words or Less(-ish) Fridays: Amy Guth

Each week, I ask someone interesting a question at least tangentially related to the subject of humor and request that she/he respond in 50 words or less.

Or somewhere in the ballpark of 50 words. That’s why there’s an “-ish.” I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but this site isn’t exactly a bastion of rigidity.

Amy GuthThis week I am stoked (can you still say stoked?) to be joined by Amy Guth, social media and search engine optimization manager at the Tribune Media Group and Chicago Tribune, where she co-writes a social media column and is co-host of the “30 Second Social” instructional series. Amy is the current president of the Association for Women Journalists Chicago and the author of the novel Three Fallen Women. She also contributes social media and technology reports to WGN Radio, WGN-TV, and CLTV.

You can find Amy at amyguth.com, on Twitter as @amyguth, or, as I did, by shamelessly pitching your book to her.

Probably stick with one of the first two.

Given her considerable social media expertise, I asked Amy:

What would you consider to be some of the more unattractive qualities a Twitterer can possess?

Snark as a default setting. Typos happen, but instead of “Hey, guys! Typo in the second quote.” we get “DUMBASS LOOKS LIKE YOUR FIRED EVERYONE WHO KNOWS WHO TO FREAKING SPELL.” Of course, that is always delicious when said snark makes a tweet-typo, or, better, corrects us inaccurately.

I have to agree. If there’s one thing Twitter could use a little more of, it’s civility. Oh, and less emoji.

Big thanks to Amy for stopping by today and for inviting me to participate in The Next Big Thing Project earlier this week. Next Friday, I’ll be welcoming Brooks Sherman (@byobrooks), literary agent at FinePrint Literary Management, into the fray.

Now go enjoy your weekend, you crazy kids.

Interested in being featured in “50 Words or Less(-ish) Fridays” or know someone who should be? Let me know. Also, feel free to check out the archive of past guests. But no pressure.


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