50 Words or Less(-ish) Fridays: Garrett Kuk, Part Deux

This is just what the name implies: Each week, I ask someone interesting a question 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.

Garrett KukNow sometimes, even with the “-ish,” people give me so much great content that I can’t use all of it in one post; Garrett Kuk, who helped launch this feature last fall by being my second guest, is one such contributor. So this week, I thought I’d share what I didn’t have a chance to before, sort of like a director’s cut of our interview.

Well, not really, because I guess that would imply an extended version of his answers all in one place. The analogy’s not perfect. But you get the gist of it.

So, just as a refresher: Garrett is currently a web content specialist for the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. Prior to this position, he spent three years as an independent social media consultant, helping clients understand how digital content influences customer purchases and preferences. You can find him on Twitter as @garrettkuk.

Last time, we discussed whether it’s OK for a company’s official Twitter handle to be funny. This time around:

Parody Twitter handles based on something someone famous did five minutes ago are a blight on humanity (my words). Except this one (your words):

My vote goes to @tsagov, who tweets from the perspective of an airport TSA employee, and consistently highlights the humor/tragedy of airport and travel security. It’s a good mix of full-body scan jokes and a commentary on personal liberty, public safety, and the excesses of government.

For those who prefer high comedy, @KimKierkegaard is a mashup of the introspective angst of philosopher Søren Kierkegaard and the vapid ramblings of Kim Kardashian.

Whoa, whoa, whoa, Garrett—vapid? Uh, she and her sisters own a store called DASH. Get it? And I totally asked my wife about that and didn’t just know it off the top of my head from having watched countless hours of Kardashian programming.

Please don’t go read my contact page.

Big thanks (again) to Garrett for being a part of “50 Words or Less(-ish) Fridays”—my first two-time guest, in fact.

Talk about your resume-builders.

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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