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#6things: Calling WOC, Facebook Crimes and French People Just Can’t Help It

By Maren Hogan:

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I’m not specifically calling out Sarah Morgan, Janine Truitt or Carmen Hudson but I am not NOT calling them out either.


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I never had to google “underwear that cheerleaders wear before…

The Saints and the NFL hold female cheerleaders and male players to different standards of personal conduct, link via Michael Vandervort. Are you shocked? I’m not. There was a great discussion this week on Facebook around the legal ramifications of this case. All I have to say is, what is the point of being a cheerleader if you can’t even Instagram? In all seriousness, I cannot even keep up during step class, so it’s clear these women are incredibly good athletes. This double standard should get nipped in the spankies (to be clear, I had to google the title so I could coin this turn of phrase…) (CNN)

NFL cheerleaders and players are held to different standards even though they're all athletes. Insight on this double standard is in #6Things. Thanks for sharing @MikeVanDervort! Click To Tweet

Facebook Containers?

I didn’t know these existed but Michael Tieso asked which of us savvy web browsing peeps are using Firefox because apparently, it has a Facebook Container. He also offered a handy list of add-ons to make it better. I haven’t used Firefox in years, but I may switch from my beloved Chrome now! Some of Tieso’s list:

(The Firefox Frontier)

Have you been a devoted Chrome user? @michaeltieso might convince you to make the switch back to Firefox. Read why here: Click To Tweet

We just hired a whole bunch of people here at the Branch

And I am betting in their first whirlwind weeks, they’re wishing they’d asked these 52 questions from a link via Glenn Gutmacher! Here are the first 22!

Why is this position open?

Have other people been in the role that I am interviewing for? If so, why did they leave?

Has there been a lot of turnover lately in the group?

Could you provide an example of a typical working day?

How would you measure my success?

What will my title be (and how does it rank in the corporate hierarchy)?

Do you have any reservations, questions, or concerns about me or my qualifications and background for this position?

What is the manager’s reputation within the organization?

Is there anything I should know about him/her?

What are some of the largest challenges faced when someone starts in this position?

Do you encourage a work/life balance?

What are the expected work hours?

What are your expectations in how we communicate (i.e. formal meetings, emails, texts, phone calls, impromptu conversations)?

What is included as a part of your benefits package?

May I review your vacation and benefit plans?

Do you promote from within?

Will I have an office or cubicle?

What does success look like in this role?

What is the manager’s long-term vision for her team?

What are some of the biggest achievements of this department?

What is the biggest challenge confronting this department right now?

Do I have the correct job description, so that we are both on the same page?

As recruiters, hiring managers and business owners, I can imagine that most of us would run screaming the other way if a prospect asked us 52 questions straight off the bat. However, the list is telling. We should be answering these questions so job candidates DON’T HAVE TO ASK THEM! (ComplianceX)

Would you have an answer to these questions if your job candidate asked during the interview? Check out this great list from @gutmach: Click To Tweet


Well if this don’t take le cake. A French waiter files a lawsuit in Vancouver after he’s fired for being aggressive, rude and disrespectful. What does the lawsuit allege? That the firing is discriminatory because he’s FRENCH! HAHAAHAHAHAAHAHAAHAHAHHAHAHA! I cannot.


I mean, I guess? Rey (the fired server) says that the French are simply more direct and honest. Although he received about 100000 verbal and written warnings and didn’t stop (so the honesty only goes one way in this scenario?), he maintains his firing was discriminatory. He cannot explain Celine Dion. (The Guardian via Paul Miller)

Did you hear about this French waiter's discrimination lawsuit in Vancouver? Catch up in this week's #6Things: Click To Tweet

Facebook Again

So…something has been bothering me. And it’s this weird victim-blaming thing going around about the Facebook leaks of data. A lot of really smart people have been insisting they KNEW that this kind of data was being collected on them and that no one should be surprised or even miffed about their data being stolen. And I call bullshit. I am a smart marketer. I run ads on all networks all the time. I know that marketing requires some element of manipulation and coercion. That is NOT what this is. As I wrote on a friend’s wall (who I do not believe was making this statement BTW, he just happened to catch me when I was fired up):

Nothing in this world is free is true. However most everyone I know (even the marketers crowing that they knew all this already side eye) believed the exchange was “you can advertise to me, often intrusively, in exchange for providing this free service” NOT “you can harvest my data without constraint for any nefarious purpose for any entity on the planet”. To act like it was anything but a blatant overreach of power and a gross breach of trust with the consumer OR the product is, if not the pinnacle of victim blaming, pretty damn close.

I mean the narrative I see rolling around. It’s dangerous I think. And even the idiot rubes amongst us…deserve consumer protection. This was effed up, no matter what. Not being surprised, then or now, sophisticate marketer or unsuspecting housebound parent trying to pass the time quietly while the 4 year old watches one half hour of TV for the day, is not the point. And the farther the narrative goes, the more it sticks in my craw, because it just feels like they’re taking us to the cleaners again. And no, I don’t really, exactly know who “they” are.

Do I want my naive aunt taking Facebook quizzes? No. Do I blame my father in law for clicking on a fake news source that confirms his worldview? Absolutely not. But they don’t deserve to have their data stolen and their online lives manipulated in this manner. It has since come out that it’s not just the dumb-dumbs that got hacked either. You insufferable Android phone users, you sophisticated marketers, you folks who “knew what we were giving up” — all your stuff got stolen, tracked and manipulated too! This affects your democracy too. So stop pretending you’re so smart that you already knew. If you think you are too smart to get got, you did. (Guardian AGAIN link via Will Staney)

We're talking about Facebook data in #6Things because this just needs to be said. While you're at it, read the included article @willstaney shared: Click To Tweet

Links to help you explore your data (compiled from the linked article above)

Bonus Links:

How are Sourcers faring in the brave new world post-Cambridge Analytica? (private group SOSU)

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