Leone Kraus

My Top 5 Social Media Interviews of 2010

Filed By Leone Kraus | January 14, 2011 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Media
Tags: Christine Macdonald, GLAAD, Nadine Smith, Natalia Zukerman, Qasim Basir

I should have posted all my 2010 reviews before the New Year but I didn't. I wanted to avoid having my posts get lost in all the 2010 blog reviews, and, frankly, I wanted to take a moment to enjoy the winter holiday. Now I'm back, gearing up for another year of blogging. Before I proceed, I wanted to take a moment to reflect back on some oldies but goodies.

The year 2010 was full of surprises. I started this blog, I met some new people and I scored some interviews. I loved all of my interviews but for purposes of this post, I've selected five of my favorites.

1. Interview with Christine Macdonald: We Talk Equality and What It Means to Be a Straight Ally

It's not too often that we get to hear from our straight allies and what they're doing to help in the fight for full LGBT equality. That's why I decided to interview Christine Macdonald. I met Christine on Twitter via the NOH8 campaign. I discovered that she was re-tweeting a lot of NOH8's tweets and was the voice behind the Ellen NOH8 Wish campaign. Christine is working hard via Twitter and Facebook to get people to request that the NOH8 campaign make an appearance on The Ellen Show to take a picture of Portia and Ellen for the campaign.

Honestly, if Ellen can give an interview to Greyson Chance, the 12-year-old Lady Gaga cover boy, then she can certainly give a nod to the NOH8 campaign. Besides, she already posted this great bullying PSA as a call-to-action for her viewers.

2. Interview with Folk Artist Natalia Zukerman: We Talk About Her Strategic Use of Social Media and How She Stays Connected with Fans While On The Road

I met Natalia Zukerman completely by accident. In an attempt to fan her Facebook page, I inadvertently sent her a friend request. I know that makes me sound crazy, but I swear it's true. Needless to say, she accepted and after I attended one of her shows in Brooklyn, she agreed to let me ask her some questions about social media and now we're friends.

Currently, Natalia is still touring and still connecting with her fans every day via her social media channels. You can catch Natalia on tour by checking out her dates or you can pre-order her latest album Gas Station Roses, scheduled to release in March.

3. Interview with Nadine Equality Smith: 'Equality' is My Middle Name: A Look at One of Facebook's Most Simple and Effective Uses

I loved this interview. Not only because it's with a fellow contributor on The Bilerico Project, but also because it is one of the easiest ways that social media can be used to get the word out.

Who would have thought that inserting "Equality" as your middle name on Facebook could be so effective? Over 3,200 Facebook users have joined the fan page to make visible their support of full equality. Unfortunately, it's not possible for the average Joe to calculate how many people on Facebook have actually changed their middle name to "Equality." Calculating via the fan page isn't an accurate assessment since many users would have likely changed their name without fanning the actual page. If you know a way or have an idea on how this could be calculated, please share below.

4. Interview with Qasim Basir: We Talk Mooz-lum, Obama and LGBT Equality

I was pleased to bits when I got word that Qasim Basir, writer and director of the film Mooz-lum agreed to let me interview him for my personal blog and The Bilerico Project. Qasim and I go way back - middle school and high school - so I was glad to have the opportunity to speak with him about this exciting project.

The neat thing about this interview is that it was the first time I had ever conducted an audio interview. The interview was captured on my iPhone, then edited using free audio editing software, Audacity. Once edited, I then hired a friend to transcribe the interview so that it would available in both audio and text form. I uploaded the text in a free Smart PDF service that generated a URL, not knowing that the link would expire in seven days. I still have the audio but am still looking for a free service to offer text of the interview.

Mooz-lum is scheduled to release in select theaters on Friday, February 11, 2011.

5. Interview with Allison Palmer, Director of Digital Initiatives at GLAAD: How We Can Protect Ourselves on Social Media

The recent LGBT suicides had a tremendous affect on me, as they did with millions of others. In an earlier post, I talked about Facebook's partnership with GLAAD to stop hate speech and anti-gay bullying against the LGBT community. This blog post prompted a personal "Thank You" from Allison at GLAAD, which in turn led to this interview.

The work of GLAAD is paramount to combating anti-gay rhetoric on Facebook and other social media platforms. Without GLAAD's help in bringing awareness to this destructive trend, Facebook may not have noticed or focused so quickly on halting the spread of hate speech and anti-gay bullying.


There you have it, my top five interviews of 2010. I look forward to bringing you more in 2011. In the meantime, be sure to like me on Facebook. Follow me on Twitter. Join me on The Bilerico Project


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