If you’re an active social media user, then you’ve probably encountered the “Bacon Queen” before. Amy Vernon, or as she’s known online, the Bacon Queen, was one of the top submitters of all time on Digg.com. Kevin Rose and Alex Albrecht could barely get through an episode of their Diggnation podcast without mentioning a post from the Bacon Queen. In addition to her social media activities, Vernon is also a featured blogger that has written for a variety of online publications including The Next Web, Slashdot’s Business Intelligence, and Punk Views on Social Media.
Here are ten questions with Amy Vernon, the infamous Bacon Queen of Social Media.
How did you get the name “Bacon Queen”?
One day I decided to post a picture of bacon on Digg and it made it to the home page. The comments made me laugh so kept posting bacon pictures from a Flickr group about bacon. Soon people were sending me stories about bacon and my friends started calling me the “bacon queen.”
As one of the most popular users on Digg.com, what are your thoughts on Digg Version 4?
It’s sad to see what’s happened to Digg over the years. Version 4 was supposed to give more power to the community of users and less to power users. But the end result was a failure. There are now posts on the Digg homepage with zero comments. That would have never happened in previous versions of the platform.
If Digg is going to survive, then they need to reinstate community features that were previously removed, like the ability for users to message each other onsite. They also need to membrane their power users. These are the people who curate the content that the rest of the Digg community uses for engagement.
What are some of your favorite tech gadgets and why?
Love my iPhone and my Droid X2 is growing on me. Did you know you can make phone calls AND surf the web? As well as play games like Angry Birds. I mean, what DON’T they do?? I also thought I would have no use for an iPad, but it’s quite useful. Even my husband, who isn’t big on gadgets, wants one, to read ebooks. And the boys? My boys LOVE playing games on the iPad.
What do you do for work?
Social media “stuffs”. Mostly, I find cool stuff on the Internet and do things to it.
What do you like and hate most about your job?
- Like: I get to spend all my time online and find cool things.
- Hate: I end up spending all my time online and never read anymore. Also, sometimes I sit so long my fanny hurts.
Any ideas why the staff at MethodShop really wanted to interview you?
Hmm. I don’t know. Probably something to do with bacon.
How did you first find out about MethodShop?
I met some of the MethodShop staff at an event for Social Media Week event near 30 Rock a couple of years ago. We happened to be sitting next to one another and started talking about social media. I think that was it. If it wasn’t, then I don’t even remember, which is par for the course with me.
What is your favorite MethodShop article and why?
I was fascinated by the MethodShop article about a topless woman with a mustache taking photos around Manhattan because it is utterly New York City. Completely random and inexplicable. And yet, you know that dozens of people walked past her without noticing, or without caring. ‘Cause, after all, this is NYC, and if some woman wants to walk around topless and take photos and paint a mustache on her face, why shouldn’t she be able to?
Tell us something about yourself that your friends reading this right now won’t already know.
I was a total punk rocker in high school when it came to the music I listened to. However, I totally dressed preppy-ish.
Complete this sentence: I want everyone reading this to…
…please eat some bacon!
Thank You, Amy Vernon (aka The Bacon Queen)!
Amy Vernon has been featured in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Mashable, PRNewswire, and Forbes. If you want to find out more about the Bacon Queen, then check out her website BaconQueen.com or follow her on Twitter at @amyvernon.