Saying Goodbye to ABIL
November 30, 2011
#MediaMonday – Christina Estes
December 5, 2011

Being in public relations, a good portion of my day is spent researching, planning for and writing about social media. Not since the news release has there been such a game-changing tool introduced into our marketing communications toolboxes.

But, all work and no plan makes Alison a dull girl.

So below are the top five secret reasons I love social media. I dare you all to add some of yours in the comments, too!

5. I actually DO care what you ate for lunch! And I’ll click on your photo of it!

I am one of the pickiest eaters in the world.

With the magic of social media, I am able to secretly obsess over the fact that my social media friends can actually eat mushrooms, pickles olives, onions, cucumbers, and mustard and not make this face (see right) in their mobile upload.

4. I love babies!

While I am in no rush to have a child of any kind – and I have yet to even babysit an actual, living child OR change a diaper in my life – darn it if I don’t love seeing the 702 kids from my graduating class at Horizon High School being parents. Sometimes I even find myself talking to the baby pictures I see on Facebook, “Do you know what your mommy did in high school?”

Oh, the blackmail I will have over my fellow Horizon alum when their kids are old enough to talk and read!

3. I love feeling included.

I hate shopping. Given this hate, the idea of leaving my couch on Black Friday almost gave me a panic attack.

But, I also hate not feeling like part of the group. Thankfully, with the help of Twitter and the #AZBF (Arizona Black Friday) hashtag, I was able to follow the misadventures of insane Wal-Mart shoppers, Best Buy tech geeks willing to wait in line for six hours for a $20 discount on an XBox, and even some lovesick friends trying to buy their girlfriends real, adult jewelry for the first time ever without even getting out of my pajamas.

2. D List Celebrities Rule

Ever find yourself scrolling past tweets about social media studies and links to breaking news on the economy to see what the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Kardashians are up to? Yeah, me too.

1.      I like being bad, sometimes.

My mom is a high school English teacher. My sister is a gifted specialist. My dad wrote a book. I live and die by AP Style.

As you can probably tell, spelling and grammar count in the Bailin household.

But, from time to time, it’s kind of fun to be a “grammar bad girl” by using “thru” rather than “through” and “UR” rather than “you’re.” And what my mom doesn’t see, won’t hurt her!

Okay, now fess up – what are some of your guilty social media pleasures???

Alison Bailin
Alison Bailin
Senior Account Executive Alison has a lot to say…about pretty much everything...all the time. From the current state of public relations to the social media impact on Shark Week to crisis communications in the sports world, Alison’s blogs are focused on “amusing through her PR musings,” and then some. Check out Alison's full bio


  1. Alison Bailin says:

    Just got a great comment on this from @EspoAZ (Greg Esposito at the Phoenix Suns) – “I’m not above getting excited if a ‘famous’ person retweets me. #SocialMediaConfessions”

    Love it – I totally agree! I’ve gotten Perez Hilton, Bertrand Berry, Fitz, Jon Hein (Howard Stern Show) and Ralph Cirella (also Howard) to tweet me back. Oddly, it is a rush!

  2. Ahh I agree with all of these. I’m also guaranteed to “like” any photo of someone’s pet! Also… vacation photos – I love vacation photos! A facebook album filled with all of your fun vacation photos can pretty much convince me to go anywhere!

  3. Stephanie Lough says:

    5. Straight up stalking- not even going to try to sugarcoat it. I will find myself in some stranger’s pictures, forgetting how I got there from 25 clicks back. An unblocked profile is like seeing presents for the first time Christmas morning.

    4. Battle royals – total love hate relationship. Pretty much any post on politics will become an endless, poorly done debate with few legitimate comments and even fewer points made. Although they can be incredibly annoying, I’d be lying if I said these weren’t entertaining to read….and I just might fuel the fire at times myself.

    3. Contests. To date, I have won: Suns tickets, Diamondback tickets, FBR Open tickets, a three-armed snuggie, Chris Brown tickets, Fall Frenzy tickets, Kaskade tickets, a stationary kit, multiple restaurant gift cards….AND MORE! Pretty sure the New Times will no longer allow me to enter their contests.

    2. Courtney Stodden’s alliteration

    1. The race to be first. Nothing rules like the iron first of the time-stamp. No joke- best compliment I have ever received – “Who needs the news when we can just follow your status updates.” I will cherish it forever. And I tweet beat CNN Breaking News on Osama’s assassination AND Steve Job’s death. Not that it’s a competition…but I always win.

  4. Stephanie Lough says:

    But I have to add to your #4. I like seeing cute kids, doing cute things. I do not like seeing childbirth, anything dealing with child birth, hinting at childbirth or even typing childbirth. Before and after photos only please. You would THINK that most people would agree.

  5. Alison Bailin says:

    How could I forget to mention Courtney Stodden! Nice!

  6. I’d be lying if I said I’m not fighting back tears from laughing so hard! This is so real that it’s hilarious!

  7. Chad says:

    Creeping on ex-girlfriends 24/7.

  8. Erica Bailin has some additions (from Facebook): ‎1) I get to impersonate Carol Powers Bailin a great deal more and then everyone has a good chuckle. 2) I get to stay in contact with my friends that are far away or at different points in their lives that I don’t get to see much. 3) I can read a lot of opinions about major news topics.

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