Tag Archives: Twitter

The Humblebrag

macklemore tweet

So it’s been a few days since this actually happened and everything has kind of blown of since then, but seeing this text made me feel incredibly uncomfortable! No one can deny that Macklemore has done such great things for the city of Seattle and has turned things around in the scene. Locals are excited about him and proud. Taking home as many Grammys as he did on Sunday night was quite the achievement, but it quickly turned sour the next morning when he wrote this tweet and instagramed this text.

It is what we call “the humblebrag.” It wasn’t enough that you couldn’t privately text this to Kendrick, but you had to publicize it as well? Why do people need to see this? You had a standout performance at the Grammys and you married some couples which was kind of cool, but it kind of begs us to ask – what exactly is Macklemore looking for? Another pat on the back? Some more praise and additional respect from fans saying that he acknowledged that maybe he didn’t deserve Best Rap Album, but he’s telling Kendrick that in a personal text and needs the entire world to see it?

I like what Macklemore stands for and he’s done work this year, but this was in poor taste and I didn’t like it.

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Yow Yow’s Yearly Recap

Wowowow. What a year it has been for Yow Yow!

I’m not all that sad to see 2013 go because I am so looking forward to what 2014 has in store for us. 2013 was a big transition year for Yow Yow! Postings became a little bit more consistent because I was no longer in school and it started to become predictable that I would just log on right after work. It’s nice to be able to have a set schedule to be honest. When I was in school, I would post any free moment I had, which was great because maybe sometimes I would be inclined to write a post about something because it was convenient. However, I appreciate now, that I get to wait until the end of the day to sort out my thoughts and to spend some time thinking a little bit more about what I am writing. Yow Yow! has turned 5-years old! It’s hard to believe that this blog has been with me for that long and that some of you have watched me transition, grow, and hopefully write better content in that time. Thank you x 23984298 to everyone who has supported the blog during this time. If I didn’t have that, I may not still be writing today. We know for sure though that Jennie and Ashley have at least helped me keep Wedding Mondays alive.

Stats from 2012 will be on the left and italicized while stats from 2013 will be right and bold.

1,130,911 total visits to Yow Yow! – – – – – – – – – – -  1,294,886 total visits to Yow Yow!

*In just 2013, there were 163,975 visits to Yow Yow!

7,067 Posts, 2,187 Comments 10,229 Tags – – – – –  9,167 Posts 3,152 Comments 12,122Tags (cumulative)

Top Post of 2013 – “Hipster Disney Princesses In Real Life” – 15,726 views (written in 2012)

Top Post Written in 2013 – “Meet: Hollis Wong-Wear” – 2,071 views

Busiest Month in Terms of Views – October 2012 (49,821 views) – – – – – January 2013 (24,905 views)

Highest Average Visits Per Day – October 2012 (1,607 views) – – – – -  – January 2013 (803 views)

*Busiest Day – October 5, 2010 (4,239 views)

Credits + References

Worked with

  • Gilt City
  • Postmates
  • Dry Soda
  • Gratify
  • Nordstrom Wedding Suite at the Seattle Nordstrom Flagship

“Women Who Are Making It” Series:

  • SuChin Pak
  • Molly Young
  • Kendall Herbst
  • Hollis Wong-Wear

Top Referring Sites in 2013 Were:

  • Pinterest.com
  • Facebook.com
  • Twitter.com
  • Android.pinterest.com
  • holliswongwear.com

Most of My Visitors Came From:

  • The United States
  • Canada
  • The United Kingdom

Music Festivals Covered:

  • Capitol Hill Block Party
  • Bumbershoot


*We started a new series on Fridays called “Take Me There” and “Truth and Words” Sundays

*We ended the series “Thought Catalog Roundup.”

*New graphics and headers by Leanna Robb! [Facebook, Twitter, Blog]

* We made a Facebook page! Like us.

*We packed up and moved to the Bay area! [Seattle, forever <3 - I promise]

*Veronica became an official part of Yow Yow!

*We received our very first press passes for Yow Yow!

*We started “Conversations From 20-Somethings.”

*We hit 1,000+ subscribers!

*We followed-up with some of our previous guest writers from a year ago:

*We made some videos! Like this unveiling video below:

and one last hoo-rah with Space Girl

*We had a memorable Twitter interaction:

Here’s to what we hope will be a very exciting 2014!

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Seasonal Twitter Names

holiday twitter

A group of people I interact with on Twitter do this thing where they change their Twitter names to reflect the holiday season. I did the best I could. A for effort.

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Jason Biggs Calls Out Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

A Los Angeles Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf shop was caught having these two tip jars on display by the American Pie franchise star. Apparently, the jars were out so that visitors of the location could vote for their favorite Paul Walker film. Hello! The guy just passed away three days ago. It’s shocking to believe that employees at that location would find this appropriate or that a manager would approve it. Thanks to Jason’s tweet, a spokesperson was able to remedy the issue, but I don’t think anyone is going to forget about this incident happening.

A spokesperson for that specific store also assured NBC News that the jars have been taken off the counter, adding that they cannot release the location in question “as the matter is still under investigation.”

“This is completely inconsistent with our brand values and the jars have since been removed. Our thoughts and condolences remain with the many friends and family of Paul Walker during this difficult time. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® would like to thank Jason Biggs for bringing this matter to our attention,” the company said in a statement to NBC4.


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Live Tweets of a Breakup

My co-worker Jackson tweeted out this Buzzfeed post this morning and it was pretty much the best way to start out my Monday. Writer and comedian Kyle Ayers was just hanging out on his Brooklyn rooftop when he stumbled on some gold – a couple breaking up in the wild. The only sensible thing he could do was live-tweet it HOBviously. I’ve included for you just a snippet, but the story is worth the read and you can check it out in its entirety here.

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An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth

Chris Hadfield has popularized astronauts and space through social media making him a celebrity. From one of the most well known Reddit threads to over 1 million Twitter followers, the retired Canadian astronaut is also an author.  An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth was published this week and details Chris’s life as an astronaut.

To welcome you into his world and new book, Chris made a clever video that you can check out here:


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Jimmy Kimmel Responds To Kanye’s Tweets

Sometimes you just win by not saying very much.


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Burlington Coat Factory Tweets

I came across a pretty interesting post today on my newsfeed (thanks Michael Sem!) and couldn’t resist the urge to click the link. Apparently the Burlington Coat Factory has been posting some awkward tweets and…is there anything we love more here on Yow Yow than something that screams awkward?! Let me provide you with an example:


Is that some philosophy I see?

Whatever the case, we support this. If it boosts their followers, then clearly they are doing something right. For more tweets and hashtags used incorrectly, click here.

Clarification: Burlington Coat Factory has confirmed that this is not their official Twitter, but still – wouldn’t you follow it anyways? It’s nice to pretend.

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San Francisco PSA

Things to love from this PSA

  1. First off, it’s a PSA about San Francisco
  2. San Francisco
  3. The Bold Italic
  4. The fact that this is so rare that it needs a PSA.


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*NSYNC Joins Twitter One Day Before Reunion Performance

Hot off the news that *NSYNC will be reuniting for a performance at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, the former boy band went ahead and decided to make a Twitter account. It’s kind of like a blast from the past, right? It would almost be like… the Spice Girls also making a Twitter. You just don’t expect it! So even though *NSYNC currently has one tweet out, does it mean we might be seeing more from the group? We’re hoping yes! Stay tuned y’all!


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Yow Yow! Visits DRY Soda


all photos by Elliot Suhr

This post was written by Veronica Lim

Last month we were fortunate to sit down with DRY Soda’s Digital Marketing Manager, Garth Purkett, in the DRY Soda office found downtown in Pioneer Square. Not only did we want to learn about Garth’s day-to-day job at Dry Soda but also how the company came to be as well as where it’s going.

Founded in 2005 by Sharelle Klaus, DRY Soda has been working out of Pioneer Square since 2007. In a cozy, yet modern office, visitors are immediately greeted with a tasting bar the moment they walk through the doors. The rest of the office is lined with cases of soda along bright orange walls, reflecting a playful and creative space.


Initially intended for white cloth table dining, DRY Soda has transformed into a food-focused demographic that still ultimately aims for being a better soda. As we sat down with Garth, we learned about his daily tasks – which include running contests, day-to-day graphic design, and running DRY Soda’s social media. Rather than typical posts and hype, Garth tries to, “create fun content that actually matters to people.”

This mentality is what led DRY Soda to current Creative Director, Richard Blais, Top Chef All-Star. Richard first discovered DRY Soda at Ace Hotel in New York. While tweeting about National Left Handers day, Garth caught Richard’s attention and eventually looped Sharelle into the conversation.


Gearing towards a food-focused demographic, Richard plays a large role in introducing new flavors. Only seven flavors were available in bottles up until July 1st when cans and new flavors were launched. The new form factor being cans provide more opportunity for followers to buy the soda where glass bottles may not make most sense. Right now, apple and ginger are the newest addition to the DRY Soda family.


Making innovation a priority, Garth eagerly shared with us an app available for smart phone users. The app features wine pairings, cocktail recipes, food pairings, as well as a store locator making DRY Soda even more accessible.

When asked what separates DRY Soda from neighbor Jones Soda, Garth notes that the company is about:

  • Keeping it simple
  • Keeping the flavors interesting – flavor forward
  • Keeping it culinary focused

Because, “Every sip leaves you ready for the next one.”


Garth and the rest of the team don’t show any signs of slowing down. For now, the DRY Soda team is focused on cans and developing new flavors. To find out more about DRY Soda, check them out here or reach out to them via Twitter at @DRYSoda.


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Yow Yow! On Facebook


All month long, I have been telling you that I could not wait to share some major news! Well, this is just the first of several. Yow Yow! is finally on Facebook so please feel free to follow us with updates on all things related to this blog ie) posts that we love of the day, collaborations that we are making happen, and more exciting things that will pop up along the way.

Tomorrow, (especially tomorrow!) we will be releasing a very special video that we shot last week entitled “The Reveal.” More news on that later! But in order to see it you’ll need to like our Facebook page and check back on it at 9PM PST.

As you can see, we’ve also got a snazzy new design above! My dear and talented friend Leanna Robb has created all new graphics for the blog. We released the first one for our Twitter just last week and you can see this one on Facebook and another design that will replace Yow Yow’s header  on this blog coming soon.

I work with the most amazing team on Yow Yow! but we really couldn’t have gotten here without your constant support. Thank you for continuing to visit the blog and pushing me to want to improve our content, designs, and collaborations!

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