Friday Fun: It's Raining Social Media Men!


Raining men  Friday Fun is Diva Marketing's virtual happy hour from cosmos to Jack to lemonade. A waiting for the weekend 'playground' time to be sophisticated-silly. Or sometimes just plain silly.

Blogs are more than just placeholders for digital content. They are can be the home of thoughts and ideas that bring people together to learn from and with each other. And they change. Diva Marketing's focus has gone from traditional branding/marketing to how social media supports the most important aspect of marketing: the customer experience.

Along the way I've highlighted, interviewed, podcasted (is that a word?) many wonderful Divas who are doing exception working in the social media industry. I realize recently I've never dedicated a post to the "divos" .. the men in my social media world who are just as generous in sharing their knowledge, expertise and support. Today's Friday Fun tosses a pink or maybe it should be a blue boa along with a cigar, beer and bourbon, to those awesome and amazing men.

Firsts are extra special. Paul Chaney, Dana VanDen Heuvel, Bill Flitter, Tris Hussey and Shel Israel were my very first blogger divo pals back in the day when conversational marketing was not even a buzz word. In late night emails, skypes and on blog posts we explored ideas about this new way to communicate with customers that was not messaged control.

My social media divo friends expanded to include many others, Tim and Geoff and Marc and Neville and Rajesh and Des and Wayne and and and! If you have not come across these true divos of social media in your virtual travels I invite you to explore their blogs and Twitter streams.

Paul Chaney Twitter thedigitalhandshake
Tim Jackson Twitter Masiguy
Geoff Livingston Twitter Geoff Livingston
Kevin OKeefe Twitter LexBlog
Tris Hussey Twitter  A View From The Isle
Mack Collier Twitter Viral Garden
Neville Hobson Twitter
Arun Rajagopal Twitter Arun Rajagopal
Drew McLellan Twitter Drew's Marketing Minute
John Cass Twitter PR Communications
Rick Short Twitter  B2B Marcom
Nick Jacobs Twitter
Mike Schinkel Twitter
Dan Greenfield Twitter Bernaise Source
David Meerman Scott Twitter WebInKnow
Bill Flitter Twitter Pheedo
Rajesh Lawlani  Twitter BlogWorks
Tom Colins Twitter Books Blogs and Beyond
Tom Lynch  Twitter Tom Lynch Marketing
Alex Brown Twitter  Alex Brown Racing
Shel Israel Twitter Global Neighbourhoods
Peter Fasano Twitter  Peter Fasano's Social Media Strategy Blog
Joel Rubinson Twitter JoelRubinson
Jamie Turner Twitter 60 Second Marketer
Michael Squires Twitter Softscribe
Ben McConnell  Twitter Church of the Customer
Michael Kogan Twitter Definition6.
Jason Falls Twitter Social Media Explorer
Chris Abraham Twitter  Abram & Harrison
Jeremy Pepper Twitter  Pop PR Jots
Chris Brogan Twitter  Chris Brogan
Gavin Heaton Twitter Servant of Chaos
Trey Pennington Twitter Trey Pennington
Dave Taylor  Twitter Ask Dave Taylor
Scott Schablow Twitter Provenance Digital

j brother love Twitter jbrotherlove
Ike Pigotti Twitter Occam's RazR
Scott Burkett Twitter Pothole On The Infobahn
Marshall Kirpatrick Twitter Read Write Web
Doug Meacham Twitter Nextup
Cameron Reilly Twitter Gday World Podcast Network
Chris Wilson Twitter Fresh Peel
Brian Cauble Twitter App Solution Genius
Guy Tessler Twitter  American Israel Chamber of Commerce
Chris Heuer Twitter Chris Heuer's Insytes
Carlos Hernandez Twitter xeesm
Alex Geana Twitter Alex Geana
Aaron Brazell Twitter Technosailor

Lionel Menchaca Twitter  Dell2Direct
Lance Weatherby Twitter  Force of Good
Dan Schawbel Twitter Personal Branding
Graham English Twitter Graham English
Pete Blackshaw Twitter Tell 3000
Greg Verdino Twitter  Greg Verdino
Phil Gerbyshak Twitter  PhilGerbyshak
Brent Leary Twitter Brent's Social CRM Blog
Joe Koufmann Twitter Gumbo Show
Michael Russell Twitter Planet Russell
Merrill Dubrow Twitter Merrill Dubrow's Blog
Richard Binhammer Twitter RichardatDell
Lewis Green Twitter  Biz Solutions Plus
Des Walsh Twitter  Des Walsh Dot Com
Michael Rubin Twitter  Michael Rubin
Marc Meyer Twitter   Direct Obeservations
Hugh MacLeod Twitter  gapingvoid
Robert Scobel Twitter  Robert Scoble
Jonathan Freed Twitter  Digital Wagon Train

stay tuned for a few more good men .. 

Olivier Blanchard Twitter Brand Builders
Steve Woodruff Twitter  Steve Woodruff
Alan Wolk Twitter  The Toad Stool
Francois Gossieaux Twitter Emergence Marketing
Peter Kim Twitter T Being Peter Kim
Jay Berkowitz Twitter Ten Golden Rules
David Berkowitz  Twitter  Inside the Marketers Studio
Robert French Twitter  Auburn Media
Wayne Hurlbert Twitter  Blog Business World
Jack Yan Twitter  Jack Yan my site
Steve Garfield Twitter<
Kevin Nalts Twitter  Nalts On YouTube
Andy Wibbels Twitter  Andy Wibbels
Lee Odden Twitter  Top Rank
Josh Hallett Twitter  hyku


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Great list Toby. Thanks for putting me at the top of it! Ha, ha.

Posted by: Paul Chaney on Oct 9, 2009 9:05:31 PM

An amazing list, Toby. Typical of your wonderful generosity of spirit to provide such acknowledgement. It's a good feeling to be included in such special company. :)

Posted by: Des Walsh on Oct 10, 2009 12:08:27 AM

Probably the only time I'd reference something from 2 and a Half Men: "men men men men manly men!"

Posted by: Andy Wibbels on Oct 10, 2009 12:16:14 AM

@paul - had to .. you were the very first "real" blogger i ever met offline.
@Des - thanks. it's easy with such great people .. like you!
@Andy - great fun! your podcast was my guest spot. i was thrilled to be on your show!

Posted by: Toby on Oct 10, 2009 12:31:19 AM

Whew! -glad I barely made the cut! You're a lotta fun, Toby - thanks for assembling this!

Posted by: Steve Woodruff on Oct 10, 2009 8:25:57 AM

Holy smokes, Toby, what an awesome list. I'm glad to be part of it and mentioned in the same breath with some of the titans..

Posted by: Marc Meyer on Oct 10, 2009 10:06:13 AM

We've got enough guys mentioned here to start "BlogHim!" :-)

Posted by: Paul Chaney on Oct 10, 2009 5:51:37 PM

@steve - flattery will get you any where .. well most anywhere! you are certainly one of the cool divos.

as is @marc .. you all are amazing!

@paul - believe it or not "men" is the new demographic on the radar. quick buy that url!

Posted by: Toby on Oct 10, 2009 6:25:07 PM

Thnanks for the include Toby, look forward to getting to together again one of these days.

Posted by: Kevin on Oct 10, 2009 7:27:46 PM


Thank you so much for including me and I will miss seeing you at BlogWorld this week.

P.S. My correct social web address is

Posted by: Carlos Hernandez on Oct 10, 2009 8:20:33 PM

Toby, thanks for the love!

(You may be the first to *intentionally* put together a male-only list, instead of it just happening through soft bias)

Posted by: Ike on Oct 11, 2009 12:32:05 AM

@kevin - next time i'm in seattle we'll plan it better!
@carlos - done! hope you're having fun at BWE .. say hi to all for me
@Ike - my pleasure .. totally! actually the fun part for me in putting this list together is that I can say I know everyone on the list.

Posted by: Toby on Oct 11, 2009 1:22:53 AM

What a super list, Toby. Some new discoveries for me alongside well-known names.

Thanks for including me. Being regarded by you as a 'divo' is quite an honour!

Posted by: Neville Hobson on Oct 11, 2009 2:21:07 AM

Thanks for including me Toby. Quite a super duper list, and one I need to dive in deeper to get to know more.

Posted by: Phil Gerbyshak on Oct 11, 2009 9:48:58 AM

Thanks for the mention Toby. I'm honored. :)

Posted by: Chris Wilson on Oct 12, 2009 12:47:44 PM

Lots of love back at you Toby!

Posted by: Bill Flitter on Oct 12, 2009 3:26:04 PM

It was really nice reading your post.Wow!great to get links of so many true divos.Thanks a lot.

Posted by: website design on Oct 14, 2009 5:37:32 AM

Toby, I couldn't have put together a better list. So many of these guys are folks I have met as well and have known for a long time. Others are new to me - like Paul Chaney, who I just met. I know they will all rock because YOU have recommended them.


Posted by: Becky Carroll on Oct 21, 2009 11:29:28 PM


Thank you for including me. You have always been and continue to be a great friend.


Posted by: Geoff Livingston on Oct 22, 2009 9:56:04 AM

Boy, Toby, you are one smart Diva!

By juggling the list to make sure nobody could think it was a ranking (with folks like Scoble, Wibbels, Chaney, MacLeod, Israel, and Meerman Scott scattered from top to bottom) we can all just feel fortunate be be included in such company! I sure do.

Thanks for thinking of me.

Posted by: Tom Collins on Oct 23, 2009 10:41:33 AM

thanks to everyone for your kind words.

@tom - interesting. never thought of is as a ranking list. it was meant as thank you note from me to y'all and a way to share "you" with others .. as @becky would say .. you all rock!

Posted by: Toby on Oct 23, 2009 10:51:34 AM

Thanks Toby for having me on the list...I truly appreciate that coming from you!


Posted by: Francois Gossieaux on Oct 23, 2009 3:35:00 PM

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