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OCR Interview

This month’s Online Community Expert interview is with Joi Podgorny of Ludorum, Inc. Joi’s area of expertise is the post-Facebook crowd, Tweens and Children.

OC Expert Interview: Joi Podgorny, Ludorum, Inc. – Online Community Report

Wanted to post a link to an interview I did with Bill Johnston at the Online Community Report. I was able to talk about tons of different areas that I am interested in, in our industry.

Also, working on finishing Izzy and I’s first podcast. I will post when we are done with that – audio editing is hard! 🙂 Big week!

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Joi Podgorny has spent the better part of the past 2 decades working on the bleeding edge of the technology and entertainment industries, from content/brand development and production to leading international support, moderation, community and social teams. Most recently, Joi founded Good People Collective, a consulting agency focused on helping companies and organizations establish, assess and pivot their internal and external cultures to help maximize their potential. She and her team are currently working on an exciting new software project, combining corporate training and virtual reality.

2 thoughts on “OCR Interview

  1. Dear Parents:

    I don’t know if you will post this, but this is a warning to parents regarding webkinz and passwords.

    My eight year old daughter has had a webkinz account since December. She loved it. She had two webkinz. For her birthday about three weeks ago, family, friends and my husband and I gave her 10 additional webkins, some charms and trading cards. She was so happy.

    Then school started. On the playground, one little girl was badgering my daughter for her user name and password. I had spoken with her about not sharing this information and what potentially could happen if she did share it. Well, this other little girl turned bully on the playground and began to squeeze my daughter until she couldn’t take it any longer and finally gave her password and her username up. This happened on Friday. She didn’t tell us when she came home. She knew that she wasn’t supposed to tell someone and I believe she didn’t want to disappoint us by telling us what happened. On Monday night, after a busy weekend, she logged on to her account and began screaming and crying.

    Apparently, this bully turned thief. Gone was over $31K in kinzcash, her pets were left out of their beds and things were missing from her doc.

    I am so frustrated over this. More so that I can’t just call webkinz to complain and see if they could shut down the thief’s account. But also because webkinz is facilitating a new type of crime with young, very young children. My child feels violated, as if she actually experienced a violent crime. And in her world, she did. Someone hurt her to get access to her account, stole what she worked hard for and mistreated her cyberpets. I can’t even describe the look on her face. It took me hours to try to calm her down and let her know that Mommy would try to do something about this.

    Has anyone else had this type of problem? Were you able to contact webkinz for any sort of resolution? Please help!

  2. I would do several things… contact the school about the bully, contact the parents and tell them what their child has done & find out as to what they intend to do about it and also contact Ganz and report the child for stealing.
    Quick question… who was watching the children at school that this child was able to physically assault your child without anyone noticing??

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