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Using Social Media is Like Gumbo Ya Ya

Using Social Media is Like Gumbo Ya Ya

As I've ventured farther into the world of social media, I've become aware of how often I am involved in multiple conversations with people.  Twitter has been compared to being at a cocktail party.  Facebook is like a school or family reunion.  Blogging is like writing a news column, with feedback from readers being instantaeous. 

gumbo ya ya

It is all very exciting and reminds me of making Gumbo.  I wish I could remember the source*, but I remember reading somewhere that Gumbo, or Gumbo Ya Ya, means "everybody talkin' at the same time."  Take a pot, fill it with ingredients (stock, roux, sausage, shrimp, meat and the holy trinity - peppers, garlic, and celery), simmer it until all the ingredients start to dance, and you've got your gumbo.  And that is absolutely the description I would use if someone asks what it is like to use the social media of today.  Everybody is talking at the same time.

So, for those of you who have jumped into the pot and are bubbling around in the gumbo, welcome!  And for those of you who have only thrown a couple of celery bits into the pot, come on in - the gumbo is fine.  So very fine!

Keep on with your Gumbo Ya Ya, everyone.


* It was possibly a Tom Robbins book, or one of the Ya Ya Sisterhood books by Rebecca Wells.  Or, it may have been a New Orleans cookbook.  If you happen to know what I am talking about, please let me know so I can give proper credit.


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Comment balloon 34 commentsKathryn Acciari • November 13 2009 01:32PM


Hi Kathryn - Yep, if  have fun tweeps on Twitter, it's much like a cocktail party.  Nice post, but can't remember where the Gumbo reference comes from either.--Sara

Posted by Sara Woolford & Steve Golson, ALHS (iTexas Realty Co.) about 11 years ago

I would agree...it is a bit of everything!

Posted by Lisa Matykiewicz (United Brokers Group) about 11 years ago

iTexas:  Twitter is fun, isn't it?

Lisa:  Yes - and you can add whatever you like to the mix.

Posted by Kathryn Acciari, Brand Ambassador and Business Coach (Century 21 Real Estate) about 11 years ago

I'm LOVING my Twitter.  So many ppl don't get it or use it, but I'm having real fun with it and meeting new people to network with/learn from.

We should go have a cup of coffee at the Sturbridge Coffee House sometime Kathryn.  I feel like I know you from your social media, but we've never been properly acquainted.  =)



Posted by Kathleen Cooper, Sposato Realty Group - Broker Owner (Kathleen Cooper, Sposato Realty Group) about 11 years ago

You are right on the money.  Those thoughts are basically the way I look at each of them.

Posted by Ellen Crawford, Alpharetta Real Estate Agents & Alpharetta REALTOR (Maximum One Executive REALTORS®) about 11 years ago

Hi Kathryn - That's a great metaphor. And lucky for me, I like both New Orleans cuisine and social media.

Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) about 11 years ago

Kathleen:  Twitter is fun - I feel happy whenever I log on.  Thank for the invite - will get in touch with ya!

Ellen:  Great minds...  :->

John:  Sounds like you have great taste!

Posted by Kathryn Acciari, Brand Ambassador and Business Coach (Century 21 Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Kathryn - Now you've done it - I am truly hungry after reading this post.  :)  Terrific analogy.

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) about 11 years ago

Oh yes....some of everything!

Patricia/Seacoast NH

Posted by Patricia Aulson, Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes (BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES Verani Realty NH Real Estate ) about 11 years ago

Kathryn--As a fellow Massachusetts person, I feel like blogging is liberation. Within limits, i can write on what I wish and write for whomever I wish. I am a lawyer,a nd I try to get some information in front of non-lawyers so they can learn about my profession and understand my point of view. Heck, sometimes it even works!!!


Elliott Topkins


Posted by Elliott S. Topkins, Massachusetts Real Estate and Title Atty (Topkins & Bevans-etopkins@topbev.com) about 11 years ago

Jason:  Get out your pot and start cooking!

Patricia:  It's always an interesting mix.

Elliott:  Nice to hear from you, and I for one certanly welcome input from attorneys.

Posted by Kathryn Acciari, Brand Ambassador and Business Coach (Century 21 Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Gumbo is better after it simmers for a time and you keep adding a little more pepper a little more cayenne and finally lots of character. Social networking taste better after you have tried a little spoonful and have  decided to jump into the pot.

Posted by Sabrina Kelley, Woodland Park Colorado Mountain Homes and Land (ERA Herman Group Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Kathryn,  we have a restaurant here that sells Gumbo Ya Ya.

Macs in Saline, yummy but hot.

Great analogies in this post.

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) about 11 years ago

Sabrina:  You are so right.  Let that gumbo bubble away, and the spices really start to meld.  Yumbo!

Missy:  Macs sounds like a place I need to visit.  A nice bowl of gumbo would be perfect right now.

...and to whomever marked this post for a feature - Thank you, so kind!

Posted by Kathryn Acciari, Brand Ambassador and Business Coach (Century 21 Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Gumbo Ya Ya, huh? What is that? That doesn't sound too good. But blogging is good, and all such stuff like that there.

Posted by Aaron Vaughn, REALTOR© 512-845-4204, My knowledge is your power | eXp Realty (eXp Realty) about 11 years ago

Hi Kathryn -- I'm still in the "looking at the recipe" stage! :)  Great analogy and I'm always up for gumbo!

Posted by Chris Olsen, Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate (Olsen Ziegler Realty) about 11 years ago

Good analogy.  But in this day and age we must learn to enjoy gumbo or we will be left behind with a bad taste in our mouth and undernourished.

Posted by Paul Todd, Vacation and Second Homes Sales and Management - Mentone Alabama (Mentone Cabins Realty, LLC) about 11 years ago

Spicey it is ! In all aspects.

How cool is it that we can invite others in with the touch of few buttons.

Now I'm on a mission to find the gumbo ya ya source -- or is this it ?

Posted by Welcome Home Staging & Furniture Rental (Valesca Bogard) about 11 years ago
I hate gumbo, but I LOVE social media. Thanks for sharing this good example of it.
Posted by Ryan Crozier, Avon Indiana Realtor (Red Door Real Estate) about 11 years ago


This is a very apt description of what goes on in social media - everyone talking at once.  We just have to hope that someone is listening.


Posted by Claudette Millette, Buyer, Broker - Metrowest Mass (The Buyers' Counsel) about 11 years ago

It can be quite hard to be heard when everyone is talking at once...

Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) about 11 years ago

A little bit of different ingridients and everybody can be happy, a little of this, a little of that, more of that less of this and everyone is in the mix. Great post. Thank you

Jean Richer
Ottawa, ON

Posted by Jean Richer, Straight Talk on Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty Inc.) about 11 years ago

I like your Gumbo concept. How about just googling the term and see what search results come up in this search for the original quote.

Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com) about 11 years ago

Kathryn - great comparison, I love New Orleans, Gumbo and Social Media.

Posted by Megan Izdebska & Hanna Manoufar Chandler, Scottsdale Real Estate Agent, Double Commitment. Double Results. (United Brokers Group) about 11 years ago

Gumbo and Social Media... when done right, they both taste so good!:)

Posted by JB Brookman, High School Senior Portrait Photographer (JB Brookman Photography) about 11 years ago

We can build a really good Gumbo together. I love it when someone posts a problem, and everyone chimes in to help.

Posted by Millie C. Legenhausen, CRS, GRI, CIPS, MBA, Realtor (Calcagni Real Estate, Hamden, Connecticut) about 11 years ago

I don't know where you got the statement, but I totally understand where it comes from having been a round family gumbo making many times.  How about the okra?

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) about 11 years ago

Good points!  I am finding less and less use for Twitter lately though.  I am seeing that those who twitter don't ever do anything else!

Posted by Damon Gettier, Broker/Owner ABRM, GRI, CDPE (Damon Gettier & Associates, REALTORS- Roanoke Va Short Sale Expert) about 11 years ago

good points - I find facebook is like running into an old friend somewhere - you say hi, catch up and then usually move on

Posted by Randall Sandin, 843-209-9667 - Search for Charleston SC Real Estate (Carolina One Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Kyle:  Gumbo is wonderful.  Just a pot full of good stuff and fun to put together!

Chris:  Sometimes it also takes a little experimenting to get the recipe that is just right for you.

Paul:  Definitely.  It will probably be an acquired taste for some, eh?

Valesca:  Still haven't found the source, but I know I read it in a book.


Posted by Kathryn Acciari, Brand Ambassador and Business Coach (Century 21 Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Ryan:  You haven't tried MY gumbo yet.  Hee hee!

Claudette:  Listening...luckily there is usually someone out there with an ear to the noise.

Brian:  You're right about that!

Jean:  Oh, for sure.  You have to make your own concoction.

Cheryl:  Well, that would be too easy!

Megan:  I do too.

JB:  Oh yes, they do.


Posted by Kathryn Acciari, Brand Ambassador and Business Coach (Century 21 Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Christine:  It's just one of those sayings that has stuck with me.  Okra, sometimes I use it, sometimes not.  It is not always available up here.

Damon:  Twitter does have more of a tendency for frittering the time away.  Best for desk-job types.

Randall:  That's interesting.  Or, even just running into someone in town from time to time.

Posted by Kathryn Acciari, Brand Ambassador and Business Coach (Century 21 Real Estate) about 11 years ago

I first heard it in the excellent HBO show Treme and it does mean what you say it does.  Everyone talking at once. I too immediately thought of social media. http://natpo.st/o2JFLv

Posted by Phil over 9 years ago

Hi Phil:  Treme is one of my favorite shows - wish it had a longer season! 

Posted by Kathryn Acciari, Brand Ambassador and Business Coach (Century 21 Real Estate) over 9 years ago