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March 8, 2013

ChatterBlast Spotlight: Matthew

Keeping up our spirits in the bleak winter months, a fantastic intern named Matthew joined our ranks from the Germantown Friends School. Matthew, a junior, entered our ChatterBlast amusement park unsure of what to expect. At first timid to ride the Twitter bumper cars, Matt ended his month-long stay flying up and down the Facebook Kingda Ka (Six Flags New Jersey, anyone?) with hands raised as he typed away! A legacy from Germantown Friends, Matthew quickly learned that last year, his schoolmate Sam worked with ChatterBlast in the same capacity.

But in the world of social media, nothing stays the same for long, so we talked to Matt to get the low-down on his ChatterBlast experience.

What was your take on social media before joining CBM?

Honestly, no idea what to expect. I never really used Twitter much and Facebook was a place for me to post pictures and YouTube videos to my friends. When I saw what you guys use these sites to do, I was floored.

This was your first time working in an office. Was it what you expected?

I couldn’t have been more off in what I pictured. I’ve seen “Office Space” before – and that was my fear. But when I came in, I thought, “No Cubicles?!?!” and sighed with relief. The atmosphere was very casual and I could wear whatever I wanted! Almost whatever… But I really loved how collaborative everything was. Julie really helped me feel relaxed and taught me so much about how to make a good post. Lou, too. He was a funny guy.

So were you intimidated by our good looks also or was that not a factor?

No comment.

What was the most interesting thing you learned at CBM?

Well, multi-tasking was definitely a skill I developed here. Jumping between a bazillion Google Chrome windows while listening to Eminem and eating the free bagels and donuts Matt & Evan brought in all at once was challenging, but I think I got it down. The amount of research that goes into knowing a client’s brand and how to interact with fans in a way that speaks to them was boggling. Pages and pages of research, but it was cool to see how in depth you can get with it.

Any funny moments?

Matt was always fun to work with. You never know what’s going to happen next. He seems all over the place one minute talking so fast, then the next he’s fully focused in on one client. All of the sudden you hear this weird-snorting-giggle-thing coming from his corner of the office, then he brings over a hilarious viral video to show everyone. I’d say that laugh is what I’ll remember…

I know exactly what laugh you mean! So what are your plans now that your internship is over?

I don’t really know. I’ve become so immersed in social media that I won’t view it the same again. Every time I log in to Facebook now I think of how I can get the most likes and comments on my posts – it’s all one big game now, which is pretty cool. Phillies baseball is starting soon so I’m excited to watch again, but other than that, just loving the high school life.

About the Author

Matthew Ray

Creative Director and Co-Founder of ChatterBlast, Matthew Ray is a fan of comic books, ice cream and sitcoms from the late 1980s.

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