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This Monday we were honored to participate in Social Fresh, the Social Media conference created and produced by the eternally busy Jason Keath (aka @jakrose) Not only was it the best designed conference we ever attended (just check out the citrusy goodness in that gorgeous logo — yum), but it was also one of the smoothest running we’ve ever had the opportunity to be a part of. Jason assembled a cracker jack team of speakers and panelists, and the lovely Katey Dietz organized a capable and supportive group of green-shirted volunteers. Basically, it was a lovely day.

Kirtsy (specifically me, Laurie) participated in the “Building a Community” panel, along with super smart co-panelists Ryan Boyles from IBM, David Shauger from and Tessa Horehled from Drive a Faster Car, who moderated like a champ. We learned so much from them and are excited about taking some of their experience and applying it to our sweet community over here at Kirtsy. But more importantly, we were reminded that day of how grateful we are to all of you for teaching us so much about community that we could even be considered “experts” on the subject. Thanks to all we’ve learned from you, we were able to sound wise and experienced (!), and we got some nice feedback from the other attendees. So Thank You!!

We were thrilled to get to meet and talk to so many Social Media superstars there — too many to name without leaving someone out so we’ll just show you some great photos, all taken by the immeasurably talented and just so very cool Armando Bellmas:

Superstars of Social Fresh

We’re still digesting all that we learned, but you can be sure you’ll be reaping the benefits of all the Maddd Social Media Skillz we acquired that day. Stay tuned for some awesome announcements in the coming months. We have so much going on right now that we can’t wait to tell you about. It is truly awesome, in every sense of the word.


Last but definitely not least, a big thanks to the charming Brandon Uttley of Wray Ward for this interview where Laurie waxes philosophical about Kirtsy, friends and community. All in under 2 minutes.


You may have noticed we’re ending February on a pink note. Because we always believe in people behaving pinkly, and because we’ve put up a new YouData “Pay Attention!” ad player…. This all means that this week, your attention can benefit a great cause: Pink Ribbons Project.


(Read more about Pink Ribbons here. It’s a smart organization to help breast cancer patients, started by two sisters and the NY arts community. Very cool!)

This new, giving-of-your-ad-proceeds, option just launched this week… and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Ask anyone who works for a non-profit, cause, church or school, it’s tough out there. And this is a great new way for non-profits and causes to stand up to the recession and raise a little extra awareness and change in the process.

Even if you only see a few ads and donate a few cents… every bit helps.

Plus this week, if you reach out to help those touched by cancer, you could win an iTouch! Oh yes you can!

Test out the new YouData ad player on kirtsy (Login. Or sign up. Simple.) And donate a few cents to Pink Ribbons Project. And then you’re entered to win a brand-new iPod Touch (aka iTouch — the funnest iPod ever).


iPod Touch!!


That’s right. Just play around on the “Pay Attention” ad solution, check out a few ads sometime before the end of February, and you can win. Maybe. Gah I hope you win. Because the iTouch is super cool. Plus you could totally help fund about 10 programs that help people with breast cancer. Awesome.


Want more info?

See a demo to get more deets on how to use the YouData PayAttention product, here.

Find out more about Pink Ribbons Project here.

Find out more about the lovely lovely iTouch here.

You may have heard we had some trouble with the kirtsy site last week. We’re getting it all fixed up, slowly, but surely. But one of the casualties, for the time being, is our blog. Until it’s up and running again, we’ll be over here!

Thanks for visiting!

The Kirtsy Chicks


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