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Twitterview with Kate Arends, @katearends

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Twitterview with Kate Arends, @katearends

Welcome everyone! Today's @MNMOmag Twitterview with @katearends of the #TCStyle blogging group is about to begin. Enjoy!

To start off with. Please share where you're from and what kinds of things interested you when you were growing up.

Kate: Hi all - from the chicago burbs, growing up was all about dance, the Beatles & Blackhawks, doc martens and peanut butter M&Ms.

When did you're interest in design start, and did you major in that when you went to college?

Kate: Senior year of HS i was involved in a riverfront design & city planning project, where i created pencil renderings of our solution.

Soon after, i enrolled in the architecture program at iowa state, where i was introduced to graphic design

How did you use your skills after college, and how do you use them now in your employment.

Kate: After graduation i landed a job at @designcue, which brought me to mpls. i've been working there as a designer ever since.

One recent development has been your HUGE following on @Pinterest. What is your follower count, and how did you grow it?

Kate: @Pinterest is a fun medium to play in. i have 870,964 followers total. the most followed boards are fashion-oriented w/ 1,800,000.

i use @pinterest to document inspiration for design, cooking, decor and fashion. i pin daily and use it as my main bookmarking tool

That's amazing! Lets now chat about your #TCStyle blogging. How did you meet @MNMOStyle?

Kate: @MNMOStyle & I share similar interests. we met through my blog, shared a few drinks and the rest is history. She is lovely.

@MNMOStyle is great. So what kinds of things, topics, will you be contributing to the #TCStyle blog?

Kate: i'll create posts featuring wardrobe inspiration, product reviews, round ups, plus tips & tricks that i've used/learned.

Thanks for your time and comments today! Enjoy your work with @MNMOStyle and the #TCStyle bloggers group too!

Kate: Thanks joel! have a good one.

Posted on Friday, May 18, 2012 in Permalink

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Follow @MNMOmag and #MNMOtv for weekly interviews conducted via Twitter.

Joel E. CarlsonMNMO Twitterviews are led by @JoelECarlson of Sociability, a social media consulting services and community management company in Minnesota. He is very active in the social media community and has conducted over 300 Twitterviews with people like Elizabeth Ries and John Hanson of Twin Cities Live, Frank Vascellaro of WCCO-TV, Genevieve Gorder of HGTV, and Rebecca Jarvis of CBS' The Early Show. He truly enjoys connecting with new people and places and sharing their story with others.

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Twitterviews generally last about an hour and consist of 10-15 questions. With only 140 characters per tweet, guests may use anywhere from one to five tweets to answer, and are encouraged to look up key Twitter handles before their interview, that are relevant to their lives, and then incorporate in their answers. Using the #MNMOtv hashtag in every question and response is important so that the public can easily follow the interview live.


In the “Search” or “# Discover” box of Twitter, type in #MNMOtv and then hit enter. A list of tweets using this hashtag will be displayed. Next to tweets there will be a highlighted tab that says “top” or “all.” Click “all.” This will then create a seamless stream that will display the Tweets in the correct order as they are posted.