Social Media Ninjas – Unite!

Written on January 4, 2008 – 5:41 am | by Brian Wallace |

Social Media Ninja

Wow, everyone! Thanks so much for your great entries to the Social Media Ninja Contest!

Although we said last time that we would only be advancing the top 10 to the next round, we felt that all 13 that participated should move on.

Edit:  Here are the contest rules:

1 – Please only vote for one candidate.
2 – Votes must be received by Tuesday, January 8th, 2008 at midnight GMT.
3 – Candidates cannot vote for themselves.
4 – The decision of the Collective Thoughts team is final.

So here they are, folks. Which of the following should go on to become a Social Media Ninja?

TheGypsy
TheGypsy (aka Dave)

Best Known at: Sphinn
Ninja Entry


Bart the Bear
BartTheBear (aka Leonard)

Best Known at: Mixx
Ninja Entry


Bookworm SEO
BookwormSEO (aka Gab)
Best Known at: SEOMoz
Ninja Entry


WingnutSEO
WingnutSEO (aka Dave)
Best Known at: Sphinn
Ninja Entry


Distilled
Tom Critchlow (ya got a nickname, dude?)
Ninja Entry


Floppy
Floppy (aka Mack)
Best Known at: Sphinn
Ninja Entry


LocalSEOGuide
LocalSEOGuide (aka Andrew)
Best Known at: Sphinn
Ninja Entry


Britopian
Britopian (aka Michael)
Ninja Entry


Social Media Mom
SocialMediaMom (aka Kristen)
Best Known at: StumbleUpon
Ninja Entry


SEOSmartySEOSmarty (aka Ann)
Best Known at: StumbleUpon
Ninja Entry


Frozen2lateFrozen2late (aka Stephanie)
Best Known at: Mixx
Ninja Entry


Zaibatsu Zaibatsu
Best Known at: Digg (what are you, under a rock?)
Ninja Entry


Spostareduro Spostareduro (aka Kimberly)
Best Known at: StumbleUpon
Ninja Entry

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  1. 88 Responses to “Social Media Ninjas – Unite!”

  2. By theGypsy on Jan 4, 2008 | Reply

    Man this is a tough one… let me give it a go…

    1. Smarty – has been coming on strong, a worthy opponent.

    2. Gabs – came in under the radar like any good ninja. Uses stealth tactics ( ass kissing lol)

    3. Local SEO… another one with stealth tactics, but has dropped off the radar some lately (ain’t working a bitch?)

    Runner up…. Floppy… is also starting to show on the radar now and again…..

    All in all, just having the recognition is a beauty for all, if it weren’t for the unfortunate fact that they are on a list with me…. Probably not a PR coup… I cheated by having an oriental theme… he he..

    Great stuff, it was fun playing with the original post and even more fun starting to take you off that pedestal my bro crazy glued U to.

    Good fun Brian, ( and crew)….

    Dave (aka the Gypsy)

  3. By Ann Smarty on Jan 4, 2008 | Reply

    My vote would be Gab [am I allowed to vote?] Gab is best at making friends and he is very polite and supportive. He is intelligent and has a wealth of new and interesting ideas. Gab is doing a great job at SEOMoz and has plenty of friends there.

  4. By SexySEO on Jan 4, 2008 | Reply

    why there should be only one?
    BartTheBear
    WingnutSEO
    Floppy
    and of course SocialMediaMom!

  5. By Tom on Jan 4, 2008 | Reply

    Thanks for including me in the cut (no pun intended!).

    Nickname topcat31 (that’s my digg and SU handle).

    I’m Tom_C on seomoz so maybe that would be better.

    For a better photo than the distilled logo maybe you can use this:

    http://icanhascheezburger.com/2007/11/25/ninja-cat-iz-flippin-out/

    :-)

  6. By Tom on Jan 4, 2008 | Reply

    PS – I’d almost forgotten about this but if everyone here loves social media and ninjas then you might like this post from back in November:

    http://www.distilled.co.uk/blog/seo/social-media-tracking-the-onion-gets-it-right-ninja-style/

  7. By SEO Rob on Jan 4, 2008 | Reply

    My vote is for Ann Smarty, as she is the only one on this list that added me to Facebook out of nowhere. :D

  8. By Patrick Altoft on Jan 4, 2008 | Reply

    My vote goes for Tom.:) A true ninja.

  9. By Matt Ridout on Jan 4, 2008 | Reply

    I’m glad I know most of these people because my Ninja skills need improvements lol.

    Maybe soon I will take what is rightfully mine :::evil laugh:::

  10. By SpostareDuro on Jan 4, 2008 | Reply

    I love being nominated. Great fun indeeeeeeed! Thanks for the morning wake up!
    WooHoo!
    Although, I am voting for SEOSmarty…How can someone resist this:
    http://www.stumbleupon.com/url/collective-thoughts.com/2008/01/04/social-media-ninjas-unite/
    lol, I’m such a sucker…

  11. By SilentJay74 on Jan 4, 2008 | Reply

    I Vote for ZAIBATSU! Not only is Reg one of the most well known names in Social Media, he is also very personable and all around awesome guy! He has been a top player in Social Media for a long time and hands down deserves the top spot.

  12. By Jansie Blom on Jan 4, 2008 | Reply

    Bart the bear’s the man…

  13. By sloworbit on Jan 4, 2008 | Reply

    Zaibatsu,he’s a supa ninja,he’s got a sense of humor too from what i can tell from the drill down.And a sense of humor is important for a 21st century ninja.

  14. By Jane on Jan 4, 2008 | Reply

    I vote for Tom Critchlow because he is supremely awesome.

  15. By Elmer Thomas on Jan 4, 2008 | Reply

    Zaibatsu! Of course.

  16. By BartTheBear on Jan 4, 2008 | Reply

    SEOSmarty (aka Ann) because she is making social media and SEO work as one…

  17. By Tibi on Jan 4, 2008 | Reply

    Bart the Bear :P

  18. By Sandra on Jan 4, 2008 | Reply

    My vote goes to Bart the Bear (Leonard). He’s been keeping me in the loop for awhile now and I appreciate all his hard work.

  19. By Will Critchlow on Jan 4, 2008 | Reply

    I vote for Tom. Because Jane did. I mean because he’s my brother. I mean because I run Distilled.

    Am I allowed to vote? I think I’m biased.

  20. By Stephanie on Jan 4, 2008 | Reply

    I also vote for Ziabatsu because he knows his stuff!

  21. By Melanie (aka Crash) on Jan 4, 2008 | Reply

    Not fair making me choose between two good friends at SEOmoz! I’d have to vote for Ann Smarty (sorry gab!). Her comments are always valuable and her ideas are very creative. She’s sweet and funny too.

  22. By Bdog2g2 on Jan 4, 2008 | Reply

    I gotta go with Zaibatsu.

  23. By Dr. Pete on Jan 4, 2008 | Reply

    Despite my blood feud with the Critchlow clan, I have no choice but to do the honorable thing and vote for Tom C.

  24. By mike b on Jan 4, 2008 | Reply

    I vote for SHANA!

  25. By Somah on Jan 4, 2008 | Reply

    I vote for frozen2late..wwwoooooohhhhoooooo

  26. By Tim Nash on Jan 4, 2008 | Reply

    @Mike B Shana is a member of Collective Thoughts Team and therefore by definition is Social Media Ninja ;) and not one of the contestants.

  27. By William Hutchinson on Jan 4, 2008 | Reply

    My vote goes to Bart the Bear(Leonard).

    I am fairly new to all of this and Leonard always takes the time to keep me up to date on a couple of Social Media Sites.

  28. By Matthew Sherborne on Jan 4, 2008 | Reply

    Bart the Bear gets my vote! He’s always dependable to help you keep up with the latest in social media.

  29. By Dave Earley on Jan 4, 2008 | Reply

    Bart the Bear gets my vote. He is a leader who is always willing to help others.

  30. By Michael Streko on Jan 4, 2008 | Reply

    Stephanie Weingart has my vote!

  31. By Erica on Jan 4, 2008 | Reply

    Definitely Bart the BEAR! Met him through Stumbleupon and love his contributions there and, of course, on Mixx!

  32. By Kristen on Jan 4, 2008 | Reply

    Thanks for putting me on the list. What an honor. I vote for Bart the Bear. He does a fantastic job on Mixx.

  33. By Tanny on Jan 4, 2008 | Reply

    My vote goes to Len (Bart)

  34. By Greg Davies aka cGt2099 on Jan 4, 2008 | Reply

    Where do we vote? Here in the comments?
    If so, my vote is for Zaibatsu
    because Reg is the King of Sting

  35. By jon8105 on Jan 4, 2008 | Reply

    BartTheBear all the way!!!

  36. By Jim Durbin on Jan 4, 2008 | Reply

    I’m a big fan of Kristen accomplishes in the social media space – so much so that we started working her! My vote for the social media mom.

  37. By Hopeful Spirit on Jan 4, 2008 | Reply

    Kristen has my vote! :-)

  38. By Lisa on Jan 4, 2008 | Reply

    My vote goes too SocialMediaMom!

  39. By Lisa Young on Jan 4, 2008 | Reply

    I vote for Bart.

  40. By Linda Bustos on Jan 4, 2008 | Reply

    My vote goes to Brito for social media blog, his work with Bix and great contributions to WebProNews.

  41. By Lee Odden on Jan 4, 2008 | Reply

    Michael Brito!

  42. By Frank Orange on Jan 4, 2008 | Reply

    britopian

  43. By mike b - searchbuzz on Jan 4, 2008 | Reply

    @Tim – OK

    Sorry Shana!! I tried! :)

    They are all social superstars…it’s really hard to pick on above the rest.

  44. By Savoy6 on Jan 4, 2008 | Reply

    Bart has got my vote.

  45. By RyanK on Jan 4, 2008 | Reply

    Britopian!

  46. By Paul on Jan 4, 2008 | Reply

    Definitely Britopian
    Because he looks like such a pimp in that photo
    Or my chauffeur

  47. By Ron on Jan 4, 2008 | Reply

    I have to vote for Kristen AKA Social Media Mom, because when she Stumbles your blog you really feel it.

  48. By Kumaran on Jan 4, 2008 | Reply

    BartTheBear gets my vote….

  49. By Tim on Jan 4, 2008 | Reply

    My vote goes to Britopian!

  50. By Janice (5 Minutes for Mom) on Jan 4, 2008 | Reply

    Definitely SocialMediaMom. She is a star!

  51. By Rufus on Jan 4, 2008 | Reply

    Britopian Rocks! – My vote is for Mikey.

  52. By Amy on Jan 5, 2008 | Reply

    Bart the Bear for the win!

  53. By Kelley on Jan 5, 2008 | Reply

    my vote goes to the fabulous shoe wearing Kristen.

    Smootches you ninja babe.

  54. By internetgenius on Jan 5, 2008 | Reply

    My vote goes for SocialMediaMom … =)

  55. By Kathy Helbig on Jan 5, 2008 | Reply

    My vote is for Bart the Bear. He’s the Social Media Man! Go Bart!

  56. By Tom Lindstrom on Jan 5, 2008 | Reply

    My vote goes to BartTheBear

  57. By Matt Ellsworth on Jan 6, 2008 | Reply

    these all seem like great people – but my vote goes for Bart.

  58. By Charlie Anzman on Jan 6, 2008 | Reply

    Well, i think it’s pretty obvious that some of the biggest volunteers have been left off this list. I guess that’s always the case or maybe because some are ‘affiliated authors’. So, unofficial, unsolicited votes to Tamar Weinberg and Shana Albert, and yes, Mark Laymon.

  59. By Charlie Anzman on Jan 6, 2008 | Reply

    PS: I think it said vote for one but that’s impossible and this is really a tough one!
    1) Floppy
    2) Smarty
    3) The Gypsy

  60. By Brian Wallace on Jan 6, 2008 | Reply

    Great voting so far everyone! We really appreciate everyone’s thoughts and great interest!

    @Charlie Anzman: yes, Shana and Mark are part of the Collective Thoughts team, so I guess you could say that they are already ninjas :)

    As for Tamar, she didn’t apply in the original contest post.

  61. By Gab "SEO ROI" Goldenberg on Jan 6, 2008 | Reply

    Ha, I forgot I entered this contest! Some ninja…

    Ann, thanks for the vote – though it looks like you’ve got a much bigger circle of friends than I do, hehe! You’re certainly building our friendship with a vote like that, :D . BTW, I have to admit that I stole the tactic from a UK friend on a hiphop forum board who encouraged me to keep writing even when my stuff was just OK (not implying that yours or other’s has been just decent, but just pointing out that a compliment and encouragement go a long way). And in the end, I ended up writing some decent pieces, including one that got published in my college’s creative arts/poetry compilation mag.

    I’m going to vote for Dave and Kristen. Dave cuz he gets the attention that counts from the leaders in internet marketing with his Sphinning, and Kristen for getting me to her SU profile and having me convert on her site (commented). If I have to choose, I’d give it to Dave.

    My problem is that my Sphinn submissions don’t go hot often enough, and I can’t figure out why. And when I do write something decent, Maki (that ruddy blighter! lol) gets the credit for sphinning it! (Paradoxically, it would likely go nowhere if I sphunn it…)

  62. By Gab "SEO ROI" Goldenberg on Jan 6, 2008 | Reply

    Oh, and at Melanie: I think you’re right that Ann does a better job with the value-added comments. Only so much time in a day!

  63. By Gab "SEO ROI" Goldenberg on Jan 6, 2008 | Reply

    and @ Brian: I didn’t know you’re NowSourcing! Keep seeing your stuff going hot lol, n I was like who IS this guy?? gottttttta stalk him :D

    also … I’m thinking that Andrew’s submission might make him the zen-guru-crazy-ass-ninja-master (quick, write an ebook!) considering this:http://collective-thoughts.com/2007/12/05/do-you-have-what-it-takes-to-be-a-social-media-ninja/#comment-272

  64. By Summer on Jan 6, 2008 | Reply

    I’m voting for SocialMediaMom!

  65. By ReddyK - Atma Jyoti Blog on Jan 6, 2008 | Reply

    Give my vote to Bart the Bear, who has helped tremendously with good advice regarding StumbleUpon!

    Since following his advice, subscriptions to our Blog, The Atma Jyoti Blog, have doubled.

  66. By Rick from Milwaukee on Jan 6, 2008 | Reply

    My vote is for the SocialMediaMom. A Momma that wears red pumps – come on!

  67. By petrero skinano on Jan 6, 2008 | Reply

    My vote to seomamma, Kristen

  68. By Manish Pandey on Jan 6, 2008 | Reply

    Hmm…only one vote! This is unfair…ahem!!

    There are so many good people on that list, for whom I would like to vote…Dave, Gab, Ann, Kirsten, Kimberly..and of course Zaibatsu!

    Never mind, voting for my new friend…Kimberly! Way to go gal…:)

  69. By Lawrence Cheok | A Long Long Road on Jan 6, 2008 | Reply

    Hi,

    my vote to Ann Smarty and Spostareduro (aka Kimberly).

  70. By Russell Rockefeller on Jan 6, 2008 | Reply

    My vote is for Ann (SEOSmarty)

  71. By Chris Estes on Jan 7, 2008 | Reply

    I cast my vote for: Spostareduro (aka Kimberly)

    A rising blog Star.

  72. By kailani on Jan 7, 2008 | Reply

    I vote for Social Media Mom!

  73. By Ivy on Jan 7, 2008 | Reply

    My vote is for Social Media Mom! Hawt mama!

  74. By Linda Bustos on Jan 7, 2008 | Reply

    Wouldn’t it be easier to add a poll? LOL.

  75. By Julie Joyce on Jan 7, 2008 | Reply

    Stephanie Weingart gets my vote…absolutely.

  76. By Vincent Murphy on Jan 8, 2008 | Reply

    My vote goes to Bart the Bear

  77. By Carla @ WordPlayBlog on Jan 8, 2008 | Reply

    I vote for Kristen of SocialMediaMom. She was kind enough to write a great Stumble review of one of the posts from my humble start-up blog. What a good mom. :-)

  78. By Gab "SEO ROI" Goldenberg on Jan 8, 2008 | Reply

    I think I know about some new ninjas to socialize with now, hehe :)

  79. By Local SEO Guide on Jan 11, 2008 | Reply

    Working is indeed a bitch – I just saw this for the first time today. If only I could figure out some way to travel back in time so i could spam…I mean get my…I mean my parents’ vote in.

    Congrats to Bart & SEOSmarty:)

  80. By Jam L on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    I think this is a very useful post and it gives these great social media ninja’s recognition for their work.

  81. By Adam Beaumont on Jul 20, 2011 | Reply

    My vote is definitely for Ann (SEOSmarty) – MyBlogGuest is fantastic

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