Somehow amidst diaper changes, bedtime stories, and wrapping up final client work before the break, I managed to assemble what I’m generously dubbing “The Official Social Media Guide to Thanksgiving.” Nothing scientific here – just a fun, insight-rich skim across search and conversational venues. Interestingly, much of what I discovered amounted to “good ol’ fashioned” traditional media content – e.g. a TV clip on YouTube, or a NY Times Thanksgiving review – fortified by comments, ratings, and even the occasional “video response.” Put another way, the power of “conversation” took ordinary content and made it (in most cases, at least) extraordinary. Will update this list via Twitter.
How can we not start here? This is the ultimate “cheat sheet” for every well-meaning parent or Thanksgiving aficionado. Did you know Alexander Hamilton proclaimed that no "Citizen of the United States should refrain from turkey on Thanksgiving Day"?
Thanksgiving Fun With Numbers
A few fun stats and charts courtesy of the never-quiet blogosphere. Most of these charts are sourced from Nielsen’s BlogPulse, which tracks 90 million blogs daily.
- Strawberry versus Cranberry
- Pumpkin Pie Versus Apple Pie
- Plymouth Rock versus the Mayflower
- Turkey vs Chicken vs Pork
- Black Friday versus Holiday Deals
Who needs to visit Plymouth Rock when thousands of FlickR users are capturing every possible angle, perspective, or wee-small indentation in the famous (albeit somewhat underwhelming) landmark. Saves a wee bit on the travel budget in these tough times!
Of course, if you are bored or lonely or need some form of
conversational stimulus, there’s no shortage of Thanksgiving talk on
Twitter. I counted 490 references in a
ten-minute period last night. From the
instructional to the mundane to the outright insane. Why do we do this?
An Emmy winning writer, producer, Levin produces a terrific list of Thanksgiving travel holiday tips. Practical, spot-on, and humor-laced advice – I’m sure millions can relate.
Turkey Carving and Prep 101
- By the Washington Post This two year old video on YouTube, originally sourced by WashingtonPost.com, has the highest “view count” and it’s quite good. The comments affirm its popularity.
- By Bill Cosby (Impersonating Julia Child): Fun interplay between father and son in the subtle nuances of cutting a cabbage substituting as a Turkey. Cosby also does a mean impersonation of the late foodie Julie Child.
- Deep Fried Turkey Video Cooking Demo: OK, I’m biased here because Jim Lites, the content contributor, is one of my best friends, but if you are serious about pushing the limits of how you cook your bird, this is worth a review. Warning: this does take a bit of extra time and prep, and no shortage of oil.
- Organic Turkeys and Green Thanksgiving Prep (at a Price?) – NY Times: For the “aspirationally-green,” this is worth a skim, and the comments are also rich with insight (or economic warning). Another good example of how the traditional media “fortifies” content with conversation.
Here’s a link to over 13,000 easy-to-organize letters consumers have written to large companies and brands about all dimensions of “shopper pain.” If you don’t want to be surprised or ticked off leading into Black Friday, skim a few of these. (PlanetFeedback is a site I started back in 2000)
My friends at the BBB recently launched a section on Facebook (and other places) offering consumers and small business a host of "video tips" (aka "Scam Grams') on a host of shopping issues. Some of this could also come in handy with Black Friday coming around.
This is a well-written, personal reflection on Thanksgiving dinner – representative, one presumes, of millions of personal “dinner table” narratives that will likely spill onto blogs and personal paged in the hours and days following the big meal.
I would have linked directly to YouTube but the nearly 300
comments on the NY Times reacting to this blog enty add critical context to this disturbing video. While I suppose one
might challenge the inclusion of this video on the list, the likelyhood that
it will creep into dinner-table conversation compels me to “include the
obvious.” (Not for children.)
The Story of Thanksgiving by School House Rock: A quick, oversimplified – yet hum-worthy – three minute history of the Pilgrims coming ashore! Who can’t get excited about School House rock! The comments are fun too!
- Pete Blackshaw