Category Archives: Social Media

#hailhashtags

In high school I joined indoor track and race-walked so I could have athletics on my college resume and appear well rounded. Sports? Not my thing. Hashtags? Something I can get on board with.

Mississippi State painted a #hailstate hashtag in their end zone for a big game and HOLY HASHTAG this is brilliant. The idea is so obvious and it had never been done before! I don’t really follow baseball (that was a joke that some people may not know that I know was a joke, and end zones are for soccer football, obviously, and I knew all that before coming across this story).

This is an AMAZING way for fans at the game and at home to follow along and promote the hashtag and the game.  It’s the first time I have ever felt left out coming from a football-less school.  We can be sure to see this start happening in professional sports and all over the place. With foursquare event check ins as well, the social experience at sporting events (and all events) is sure to expand in the coming months exponentially. I raise my teacup to you, Mississippi State Bulldogs. Brava. #HAILSTATE

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Bolove for Boloco

A loyal @BostonTweet follower, I first heard about Boloco, Boston’s only venue for truly “inspired burritos,” when @BostonTweet was going through a frequent Boloco-binge season. Constantly impressed by the social media presence of the brand, I couldn’t help but learn more and try the burritos for myself.

Boloco (Boston Local Company) is the perfect burrito spot for the unconventional burrito lover. Not one for spicy, I love the idea that boloco started as a wrap spot, and offers options outside of the traditional Mexican burrito. There is a time and place for a classic Mexican rice and bean thing, and Chipotle certainly has its own spot in my heart, but Boloco is just SO INSPIRED! I love that I can get a simple wrap, or go all out with an extravagant mango steak summertime original sized food coma-inducing burrito.

This video was one of the first to bring the company to my attention, since Boloco was using the social space in a way that other companies hadn’t figured out quite yet back in ’09. Boloco was never afraid to experiment, and still dips it’s feet into new spaces before lots of other brands.

 

Boloco cards, for example, are WONDROUSLY beneficial, and freebie burritos via my own card have saved me from starvation on more than one occasion when bank statements reflected those of a recessionist college student.

 

I’ve had the good fortune to meet the generous genius behind @BolocoHarvard (now @BolocoATLwharf), and many of the brilliant burrito brains associated with Boloco, Boloco marketing, and Boloco social media. Boloco was the first place I’d encountered with a foursquare special (MAYOR MONDAYS!),  and after semesters of trekking to the nearest Boloco (the Berklee location– that’s burrito-loving dedication for a resident of upper Commonwealth Ave.), and aggressive tweeting and foursquare checking in upon arrival, my obsession was rewarded! I am now a proud Boloco Campus Maven, and get to work on campus to spread and share the bolove with BU.

With this month’s recent return of the Late November burrito, my trips to Boloco are absurdly frequent. The Late November: Featuring house-roasted turkey, homemade stuffing, green beans and tangy cranberry relish served on a warm flour tortilla. #mouthwatering #itsevenbetterthanitreads

Boloco at Hub on Wheels Citywide Ride

When I’m away from Boston in the summer, one of my first stops in September is to the nearest Boloco, and no other burrito venue in Boston seems to compare, in taste and overall.

Boloco is all about giving back and it seems that every month there are new events and specials at Bolocos that support all sorts of causes or charities. Not to mention the surprise benefits for card-holding fans, like rewarding blizzard depression with a burrito special, or boolocoHalloween-time treats. Smoothies, burritos, and the best salsa EVER? Why wouldn’t the whole city be completely loco for Boloco?

Visiting Chef Series: the fireplace

For the Visiting Chef Series, Boston University Dining Services invited the fireplace restaurant of Boston to take over the BU Dining Halls for the evening and prepare special meals for students.

BU Dining Services always puts on amazing events for meal-planned students, (lobster night being my personal favorite) and @BUDiningService is always engaging and interacting with students, asking questions, providing responses, and sharing the dining experience of BU with the entire student body.

Visiting Chef night is always one of my favorite nights, as it gives BU students a chance to try different foods and cuisines from Boston. Though the image doesn’t do the meal justice, the menu and meals served were de-lish, and a perfect way to spend a Thursday night! What are everyone’s favorite BU Dining Hall events?

#techi

 

 

this happened.

Thanks to @schneidermike for technologically interrupting the Radian6 #Social2011 to discuss THE GREATEST DAY OF THE YEAR: FOURSQUARE DAY!!!

 

 

The Boston Globe

I got a call a few weeks back from Beth Teitell, a Boston Globe journalist, who was writing an article about Twitter followers and Klout scores. My name was passed along by Marlo at marlo marketing communications, where I had interned this past fall and successfully positioned myself as that freaky intern who is irrationally obsessed with Twitter.

I spoke with Beth for hours and a bit of our conversation made it into the FRONT PAGE ARTICLE! 🙂 check it out here!

Disclaimers: I barely go on dates period, let alone do I actually real life care about how many followers a person has, please. Also, I don’t know how much as of right now I can stand behind the validity of Klout. They’ve always been very unclear about how scores are calculated and often some user scores seem higher or lower than is logical… #JUSTSAYIN

Yeah You Got My Back Against the Wall

I was asked a few weeks ago to participate in a fundraiser for BU’s Dance Marathon, which is arguably the most advertised and hyped fundraiser event at Boston University. Yes, I do wish someone would explain to me why there are fundraisers for fundraisers, but when asked to do something for charity that seemed relatively non-committal, I chose not to ask questions and roll with it. After all, it’s for the children.

To fight pediatric AIDS, I, along with four other “volunteers” (read: BU campus folk who were sent an email & told to participate in an event for a good cause) met in BU central and were taped to a brick wall for 45 minutes, hoping that our reach about campus would be vast enough to draw students with $1 and a desire to purchase pieces of tape to suspend us.

With the handy help of tweets & aggressive commentary at innocent passerby, I was able to have many lovely supporters come out and support me (literally) and support Dance Marathon! Naturally, I insisted on having my tweeting hands free of suspension, and focused mainly on a pageantry sash/ seat-belt-like harnessing strategy.

BU icons at work!

At 5:45, “the footholds from below contestants were slowly removed” and I was not given a spotter, which was less than alright, considering I was among the first to flop shamefully to the floor. Congrats to kmac of women’s basketball who raised significantly more tape than the rest of us, and stayed on the wall for an unreal amount of time, proving that she is THE most popular.

GRAND TOTALS:

Jason Kaplan, of Dear Abbeys: $21.50

Krystyn kmac McIntyre, of Women’s Basketball: $81 (which explained her excessive suspension time & victory)

Eddie Chen, of CSC: $31.50

Myself, of ADPi: $37

Bijan, of Pi Kappa Alpha: $22

Thank you thank you thank you to everyone who came out and donated!! Grand time and such a delight.

Now donate to Dance Marathon and participate on April 2nd!!

Naveen in the Bean!

It is no secret that I am a BIT of a foursquaddict. I have an unhealthy obsession with using foursquare, and have since I first became a foursqerson. I’ve had the honor of meeting Dens himself, one of the greatest co-founders of anything of all time, and though many label me an extremist (read: stalker), this is only because my respect and adoration runs deeper than Pee Wee’s love for fruit salad. (hehe. see what i did there? a little foursquare-PeeWee integrational humor there for all you fellow foursquare fans.)

@dens & @ValentinaMonte. ignore blurry orange ShoelessSeth #ugh

Yesterday, I was laboriously hostessing at Scoozi,  tweeting away about @ScooziBoston, when I noticed a tweet from foursquare co-founder I had yet to meet, @Naveen, which I NATURALLY emphatically responded to immediately.

the glistening booth glowed up at me from my phone, and immediately I regretted not properly stalking adequately, for if I had been, I would’ve seen that Naveen HAD checked into the Hyatt Regency Cambridge mere HOURS before. How could I have slipped up on my obsession so?

…..

And then. something AMAZING HAPPENED. and this was the moment that I now refer to as “when Valentina peaked.” for no greater twitter experience has happened in recent days. and i was in social media-induced HEAVEN #perusual

No stranger to Naveenium, i knew JUST how to contact the innovative genius that is Naveen Selvadurai, and began composing this absurdity:

Naveen!
This is Valentina Monte, official Boston University foursquare ambassador, and unofficial biggest foursquare fan. (Note: fan. NOT stalker of the founding geniusi, as many attempt to label me). I’d BE HONORED to meet up. Let me know what time/ place is convenient for you this evening? Your tweet alone just made my night/year. Thank you!!

Obsessively*,
Valentina

*healthy, reasonable obsession

and yes. yes it IS sad that this email was me toning-it-down, and that this final draft is really rather composed and pretty contained in comparison to my original message of “#HOLYHASHTAG YES WHERE ARE YOU!? I WILL FLY THERE! CHECK IN QUICKLY SO I MAY IMMEDIATELY BE NEAR YOUR GAP-MODELING SELF!!” But i’m not insane, CLEARLY.

So Naveen, presumably assuming that I am an adult, Boston University employee, responds to my email with an invitation for a meet up at Green Street in Cambridge, AND HOMEBOY GAVE ME HIS DIGITS. THAT’S RIGHT. THE CO-FOUNDER OF FOURSQUARE EMAILED ME HIS NUMBER TO CONTACT HIM. (now is probably when Naveen contacts authorities to notify me of a restraining order… #woops #sorryimnotsorry)

Naturally, I drag fellow Boston tweep & social media enthusiast @RSprung along with me so I’ll have some one there to tone down my crazy, and we both hop the Red Line to Central Square. Though I am having serious regrets about not anticipating this meeting and won’t be able to don my foursquare shwag (tee, pins, tattoos), fortunately the sticker is eternally stuck to my phone case. PHEW.

As I am in the middle of all my fantasies coming to life, we are honored to be introduced to the brilliantly wonderful Susan Loh & Neil Sanchala, and also be part of the following tweet:

and NO, “online” is not a euphemism for psychotic stalkers, thank you.

Green Street is actually a really cool spot, and it was Naveen’s birthday a few days ago– so yea, I technically crashed a techy’s bday bonanza. #WIN

I was able to get in my suggestion for alphabetized friend listings, and essentially practice the art of containing indescribable gleeful delight. Many, many thanks to the wonderfully welcoming and phenomenal foursquarers, Naveen, and their ability to pardon my insanity. What a perfect perfect Monday night! 🙂 AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY NAVEEN. (or me. cause GOD it felt like it must have been my own birthday) #heavenlymondaynight #holyhashtag