Thursday, February 11, 2010

New hope for @sidsuicide

Posted by on Thu, Feb 11, 2010 at 9:12 AM

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There are many ways to get people not to like you, but a local chiropractor has come up with a relatively new one, thanks to the miracle of social media.

“Hello, My name is Dr. Kathy, I am a local chiropractor. We get great results with this condition, may we help you?”

Well, sure, I guess. But, um, what exactly is this "condition” we’re talking about?

When Dr. Kathy’s twitter message came addressed to me, I naturally wondered which of my posts she was responding to.

• Was it the one about Rep. Bachmann’s vow to take down Obama’s “gangster government”?

• Or the one about Filipino karaoke slayings leading patrons to question whether the song “My Way" is, in fact, "inherently sinister”?

• Or was it the one about certain species of cats purring at the very same frequency that’s been found to repair tendons?

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And then there’s the picture that accompanies Dr. Kathy’s solicitation, the one in which she can be seen adjusting what appears to be the head of a live baby. Reassuring, yes, but it still gave me little reason to believe she could remedy any of the aforementioned concerns.

What makes Dr. K's solicitation stand out from the free Viagra offers we've all come to love and accept is the fact that it's still really, really rare to get spam messages through Twitter from anybody, let alone from a local business person you might expect to know better.

Sarah719's response matched my sentiments exactly: “What condition? I have no idea what you’re even talking about!”

Another recipient wrote back to warn her that she could be reported as spam, before offering his own professional marketing expertise on how to spam more discretely and effectively.

Others told her that they live in Texas, or asked what she could possibly do that the Mayo Clinic and four previous chiropractors couldn’t.

When I got my personal solicitation, the good doctor was cranking out about a half dozen per minute, including one addressed to @sidsuicide.

Guess she gets great results with Sid's condition, too.

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