Want to see a "Personal PR Fail" in the making?  Check out the thunderstorm…

Want to see a "Personal PR Fail" in the making?  Check out the thunderstorm that +Brian Paone is bringing on himself here - https://plus.google.com/u/0/104557463104455273153/posts/Fr1KGE53geJ 

For the TL:DR crowd, essentially what's going on is that on an earlier post there was a video of a someone defending their dog by punting an attacking raccoon.  Someone (+Bobbi Jo Woods) made a joke about summoning PETA, and Mr. Paone didn't get the joke, thought she was serious, and engaged in a campaign of taking her to task for it.

Since then, he has been repeatedly given chances to get off the Fail Bus and let it go, but every time a normal human being would back down and walk away, he's doubled down on the butthurt, going so far as to start his own post (the one I linked to) to continue the debate.

Now, I used to follow +Bobbi Jo Woods before she got famous and uncircled me (she's got an ungodly nearly 100K followers now so I don't really blame her) and she's a decent sort, so I don't understand why this guy has made it his quest (a losing quest, too) to take her on and out for making a joke he a) didn't get, and then b) didn't think was funny when he did get it.

It's this sort of "Double Down" mentality that is the same reason we've seen fails on the PR side of things for Applebees, those obnoxious people from that one horrible tv show, etc.  There's a time to fight and there's a time to shut the hell up.  Know which one is which.

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Brian Paone – Google+ – I don’t understand people. At all.

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32 Responses to “Want to see a "Personal PR Fail" in the making?  Check out the thunderstorm…”

  1. Bobbi Jo Woods July 21, 2013 at 1:00 pm #

    Sorry, +Jim Hanson - It's been awhile.  I did a lot of circle organizing a few times in the past couple years and still adding folks back.

  2. Jim Hanson July 21, 2013 at 1:02 pm #

    I get it, I wasn't "calling you out" on it or anything.  I recently started getting established here and have had to regularly triage my own circles to make them more manageable.  I was just trying to give some background in my vouching for you as a decent sort of human.

  3. Brian Paone July 21, 2013 at 1:06 pm #

    Gee, thanks! But I don't say what I say to win friends and influence people.

    I have too many of the former and I find the latter to be detestable activity. People will think what they will. They don't need me telling 'em anything.

    Summon whoever you like. I can take it. ;-)

  4. Bobbi Jo Woods July 21, 2013 at 1:06 pm #

    Ha!  No biggie at all.  I didn't think that.  I just felt weird about remembering who you are and what you posted about.  If you weren't very active, I think I just missed your posts and forgot :(  out of sight, out of mind.

  5. Jim Hanson July 21, 2013 at 1:10 pm #

    +Brian Paone Obviously, you've set your mind to the task at hand, and failing to dissuade you from what is surely to be social suicide, the least I can do is hold you up as an example of what not to do for future generations of plussers.

  6. Brian Paone July 21, 2013 at 1:13 pm #

    You can do whatever you like, Mr. Hanson – it's a free country and after seeing the rabble Woods brought with her?

    I sincerely don't care to win their favor. They're not people I'd like to know or with whom I would care to be associated.

    Now the feeling's mutual! :-)

    But as far as you personally are concerned? Can't say I have yet to have a problem with you. That'll probably change, though, as your demeanor sheds like so many others do in social circles.

    Or maybe it won't. Stranger things have happened.

    Anyway. I imagine you've no further requirements of me here, so I'll be heading out. Again, all the best.

  7. Danial Hallock July 21, 2013 at 1:43 pm #

    Can someone post his original comment? We're mutually blocked and it's a slow day at work so I'm actually curious.

  8. Bobbi Jo Woods July 21, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

    +Danial Hallock do you even incognito window in Chrome?

  9. Danial Hallock July 21, 2013 at 1:47 pm #

    I'm at work.  We don't even Chrome.  We forgot how to Internet.

  10. Jim Hanson July 21, 2013 at 1:47 pm #

    +Danial Hallock The initial few comments were pretty innocuous:

    Pft. The raccoon's fine. Y'all ever come face-to-face with one of those things? They're effin' tanks.

    Besides, this Rose guy obviously loves his dog. I'd have done the same were it not for the fact that Domenik probably wouldn't have left any of the giant rat to toss.

    Pure self-defense. And a helluva toss too. Good call, +Kevin Rose. Way to protect your pet.

    After +Bobbi Jo Woods called for PETA he said:


    Hold up.

    Somebody actually tried to page PETA regarding this guy defending his dog?!

    WTF, Woods? What was the guy supposed to do – ask the raccoon politely to leave?

    I hope that was just a really bad joke, but I think I'm giving you waaaaaay too much credit there.

    That what you were looking for?

  11. Danial Hallock July 21, 2013 at 1:47 pm #


    Just curious! :D

  12. Brian Paone July 21, 2013 at 2:11 pm #

    Oh, a bit of clarification:

    No one punted anything, +Jim Hanson. Your information in the post is incorrect in asserting that anyone had. 

    Of course, I'm certain my desire for correct information is nothing more than just another manifestation of what must certainly be some awful "problem" I have mentally and not at all borne out of the need for accurate information in this day and age, so do what you will. :-)

  13. Bobbi Jo Woods July 21, 2013 at 2:15 pm #

    I just got off the phone with one of my best G+ friends and they have seen your display of behavior and called to check up on me.  They think you're displaying all the textbook signs of obsession, +Brian Paone

    Yup, I make friends on here who actually call me up on the phone and meet with in person, so strange, right? Ahh, that's not what I'm supposed to do, I'm supposed to collect followers and be famous, according to you!

  14. Danial Hallock July 21, 2013 at 2:17 pm #

    Hey, +Bobbi Jo Woods, can you help me get more followers?

    I have an external locus of identity, and I want to be famous!

  15. Brian Paone July 21, 2013 at 2:17 pm #

    Did they ever mention anything called "projection bias", by any chance?

    This is how I operate. Someone starts something, I finish it. Plain and simple. You can call it whatever you like. It won't change the progression of things.

    But hey, at least you're getting a ton of attention! I hear that's great for some people. XD

  16. Bobbi Jo Woods July 21, 2013 at 2:21 pm #

    Seems like the one who's after attention is you.

    I can't help if I get it just by being me…and not being an asshole (at least not 100% of the time).  Now, +Nick Bartolo - he's an 100%er.

  17. Brian Paone July 21, 2013 at 2:24 pm #

    I'm not on the phone with anyone about ya, Woods.

    Nor did I summon a laughable "goon squad". 

    But hey, whatever. ;-)

  18. Brian Paone July 21, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

    And I guess ya had to summon one more? XD At least Bartolo's got chops.

  19. Jim Hanson July 21, 2013 at 2:27 pm #

    For the record, I am nobody's squad, goon or otherwise.

    Unless they're paying.

    I have my principles.

  20. Bobbi Jo Woods July 21, 2013 at 2:27 pm #

    I wasn't summoning him.  We just like to give each other shit for being assholes.  That's just it.  I make relationships with people on here…something you seem to be failing at.

  21. Brian Paone July 21, 2013 at 2:31 pm #

    Mr. Hanson, at this point and time I don't consider you to be a "goon". I believe our conversation has reflected that.

    Woods, don't give me that shit. XD If you didn't want him here you'd have just mentioned the name without tagging. Yeesh.

    Also, I don't need to make "relationships" with online folks. I've already played that game and broke it. I do just fine locally, which is preferable. My choice, not yours, I know.

     But thank you ever so much for what I'm certain was your genuine and sincere concern on that front. XD

  22. Jim Hanson July 21, 2013 at 2:33 pm #

    I know, that was more of a passive attempt to say I'm open to bribery, nudge nudge wink wink.

  23. Bobbi Jo Woods July 21, 2013 at 2:34 pm #

    If they make a reboot of Fatal Attraction, you'd do well as Glenn Close's character, +Brian Paone.  Seriously.  Go boil a bunny.

  24. Danial Hallock July 21, 2013 at 2:36 pm #

    I'm not sure if seeing this unfold without the troll's input makes this better or not.

  25. Jim Hanson July 21, 2013 at 2:38 pm #

    +Brian Paone No, I don't care what +Danial Hallock may have said or done to you, suggesting that about anyone's mother is crossing the line.  Good day to you, sir, good day.

  26. Brian Paone July 21, 2013 at 2:38 pm #

    I don't need to bribe anyone, Mr. Hanson. Perhaps Woods does, I don't know. Try asking her. ;-)

    I didn't see Fatal Attraction. Which is just as well, because the "boil a bunny" reference is also unfamiliar. Might as well make it a TOTAL swing and a miss, yeah?

  27. Danial Hallock July 21, 2013 at 2:40 pm #

    I fell for it, +Jim Hanson; damn you!

  28. Brian Paone July 21, 2013 at 2:41 pm #

    Excuse me? I don't recall suggesting anything about ANYONE'S mother, let alone someone I can't even see.

    I don't appreciate liars. Please correct yourself. I like to think that, to you anyway, I have been civil enough to warrant your basic respect.

  29. Bobbi Jo Woods July 21, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

    +Brian Paone just said in his post he didn't set out to accomplish anything with all his shenanigans today.

    Bahahaha, I'm dying of laughter.  This whole thing, plus your charades a few weeks back coming at me sideways out of nowhere and your bullshit about how I just wanna be famous on the internet…are all classic signs of being obsessed with crucifying someone because you suddenly are obsessed with them…or hate them…then again, hate and obsession go hand in hand.  

    I am very certain you intended to make it so people would come out against me and side with you, since you think you're so self-righteous in all of this nonsense.  You couldn't take a joke, you decided to rant about it and then pick on the one person who could maybe lose some credibility or followers, and oh, how much satisfaction that would give you!  That didn't happen, and now you just so mad, bro.

    I'm scheduling an appointment with an oncologist, because I think you have given me cancer.

  30. Brian Paone July 21, 2013 at 2:55 pm #

    Wow. So on top of all of your other problems, you can't read either?

    The post itself was the sole accomplishment. Everything beyond that was just icing on the cake.

    I don't count the icing. Empty calories and all that. ;-)

  31. Jim Hanson July 21, 2013 at 4:05 pm #

    And now I have also apparently been banned from the discussion, either because +Brian Paone didn't get my joke (me trolling +Danial Hallock) or is just too crazypants to live.  

    Whelp, that's the internet for ya.

  32. Bobbi Jo Woods July 21, 2013 at 4:12 pm #


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