Tag Archives: social media

Top 30 By George QOTDs

To commemorate CG&A Communications passing the 30-year milestone, we have selected the top 30 By George QOTDs from over the past dozen years. These are the very best of the best, counted down to the number one QOTD shared across the By George social media platforms.






























… and the # 1 By George QOTD for the past decade-plus is:

You can find the By George QOTDs posted daily on the By George Journal’s Facebook page and X page, as well as on Chris George’s LinkedIn posts.

Chris George is an Ottawa-based government affairs advisor and wordsmith, president of CG&A COMMUNICATIONS. Contact: ChrisG.George@gmail.com.

Wisdom of Jordan Peterson

In the early weeks of 2023, By George Journal featured in its social media Canada’s most renown intellect — Jordan Peterson.

Here are the series of memes that attracted a great deal of attention from our followers. (ed. – Right click on the image and “copy”. Go ahead and spread the wisdom!) 

In the last two years, Jordan Peterson quotes made the By George Top-10 quotes twice. Here are the bons mots that were recognized as the top quotes of the year in By George Journal’s social media.

Follow By George Journal on Facebook and on Twitter and receive quotes like these Peterson bons mots as well as a daily #ByGeorgeQOTD each morning.

Chris George provides reliable PR & GR counsel and effective advocacy. Need a go-to writer and experienced communicator? Call 613-983-0801 @ CG&A COMMUNICATIONS. Contact: ChrisG.George@gmail.com

10 humourous taxing memes

For this federal budget week By George Journal serves up ten of our favourite memes on the subject of taxes. So, come Thursday, hold onto your wallet and laugh it off.






Chris George provides reliable PR & GR counsel and effective advocacy. Need a go-to writer and experienced communicator? Call 613-983-0801 @ CG&A COMMUNICATIONS.

Posting hashtag #bikealmonte — and enjoy the ride

This summer I plan on capturing as many of the beautiful viewscapes while cycling in and around Almonte. Here are three photos taken just this month…

Nothing but contentment near Blakeney

Almonte’s Rail Trail – heading out

Storm clouds forming over the Indian River

I will be posting regularly on the By George Journal Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram accounts. And you can follow along by searching for #bikealmonte.

I encourage everyone to cycle the backroads around this pastoral community of Almonte – enjoy the small town charm and the open spaces of farmland, forests and winding rivers.

Share your cycling experiences with #bikealmonte.

Enjoy the ride!

To see more on cycling, pedal through the By George Journal menu.

Chris George, providing reliable PR counsel and effective advocacy. Need a go-to writer or experienced communicator? 613-983-0801 @ CG&A COMMUNICATIONS. And yes, Chris also would rather be cycling… #bikealmonte



Bernie’s Inauguration Memes

By George picked 20 of the best memes lampooning Bernie Sanders sitting at the inauguration ceremonies. Bernie has gone viral in social media in the last few days. Enjoy these selected gems and let us know if we missed your favourites!

In no particular order, here are 25 of our favourite #Bernie guffaws…

Chris George provides reliable PR & GR counsel and effective advocacy. Need a go-to writer and experienced communicator? Call 613-983-0801 @ CG&A COMMUNICATIONS.

Our Top-10 Social Media Posts of 2020

Each year, the By George Journal selects its top social media posts from its Facebook and Twitter activity. These are posts that we have heard back are striking and/or popular.

In reverse order, here are the By George Top-10 Posts of 2020.

Number 10

Number 9

Number 8

Number 7

Number 6

Number 5

Number 4

Number 3

Number 2

And the Number 1 post of 2020

Follow By George on Facebook and Twitter to receive daily content that is motivational and inspirational.

Chris George is an Ottawa-based government affairs advisor and wordsmith, president of CG&A COMMUNICATIONS. Contact: ChrisG.George@gmail.com

“THE Q&A” for our digital age

If there was one question and answer that sums up just how strange our world is in our day and digital age, it is the following:

Q: If someone from the 1950s

suddenly appeared today,

what would be the most

difficult thing to explain to

them about life today?


A: I possess a device

in my pocket that is capable

of accessing the entirety of

information known to man.

I use it to look at pictures

of cats and get in arguments

with strangers.


This Q&A originally was found on Reddit (apparently).


Chris George, providing reliable PR & GR counsel and effective advocacy. Need a go-to writer and experienced communicator? 613-983-0801 @ CG&A COMMUNICATIONS.

Top posts to inspire and motivate – By George

Through the last five years, on a routine basis, By George has posted on Facebook inspirational and motivational quotes to enliven our followers’ day. If you are one of our FB followers, you will know that this past next week we counted down the “Top 10 posts of 2016”.

If you have not already done so, you may wish to consider “liking” the By George Journal Facebook page.

To give you an idea of the-best-of-the-best quotes we have shared through the last five years, here are the number one quotes from the years 2012 through 2016.

#1 in 2012

#1 in 2013

#1 in 2014

#1 in 2015

#1 in 2016

If you like these Facebook posts, you may also like the regular stream of tweets on our Twitter feed: @ByGeorgeJournal.

Chris George, providing reliable PR & GR counsel and effective advocacy. Need a go-to writer and experienced communicator? 613-983-0801 @ CG&A COMMUNICATIONS.


FAV U.S. Election Memes (of the last week)

As the dust settles from what was a wild U.S. election, here are FAV memes of the past 7 days (right click on image, copy and share!).

















Chris George, providing reliable PR & GR counsel and effective advocacy. Need a go-to writer and experienced communicator? 613-983-0801 @ CG&A COMMUNICATIONS.



Twitter Facts

twitter-logo-618-340x300Readers of By George Journal will know we are on Twitter – @ByGeorgeJournal – and we tweet a regular stream of quotes, communications insights and remarkable retweets.


Here are some facts about Twitter that may surprise you…


  • Today, Twitter has 313 Million monthly active users
  • 500 Million visit Twitter monthly but do not log in
  • 82% of Twitter users are mobile
  • The average Twitter account has 208 followers – and is a woman with an iPhone
  • 29,2% of US social media users are Twitter users. That makes for 66 million Twitter users in the United States.
  • 83% of world’s leaders are on Twitter
  • 63% of Twitter users find Twitter a relevant source for news
  • 500 Mio tweets are sent very day.  That is an insane 6000 tweets every second.
  • Tweets with images get more reactions. Images can increase click-throughs by 18%, result in 89% more likes, and get you 150% more retweets.
  • Hashtags were introduced in 2007. Today, tweets with hashtags twice as much engagement than tweets without hashtags.
  • One or two hashtags are optimum, while more than two hashtags can result in a drop in engagement.
  • BTW – The most tweeted hashtag is #FF (Follow Friday).
  • The Twitter account with the most followers is Katy Perry with over 93.3 Million followers, followed by Justin Bieber (88.7 Million), Taylor Swift (81.1 Million), and Barack Obama (77.8 Million).
  • 82% of Twitter users watch Video on Twitter.  90% of video views on Twitter happen on a mobile device.
  • The top five markets for Twitter are US, Japan, Indonesia, UK and Brazil.  Together these five countries produce 50% of all tweets. However, this is an international tool as Twitter supports over 40 languages
  • Two-thirds (65.8%) of US companies use Twitter for marketing purposes. And 92% of brands tweet more than once a day.
  • 60% of people expect brands to answer a query in a tweet within an hour
  • 76% are likely to recommend a brand if they experience friendly service on Twitter
  • Twitter was created in 2006 and the first tweet was sent by Jack Dorsey on March 21.
  • Twitter has 3860 employees (worldwide) with 40% of these employees working in a technical role.
  • In Q2 2016 Twitter made $602 million in revenues

Chris George, providing reliable PR counsel and effective advocacy. Need a go-to writer and experienced communicator? 613-983-0801 @ CG&A COMMUNICATIONS.



Have your say on Canadiana

canuck_30This month By George is in search of the greatest Canadiana symbol.  We have been presiding over head-to-head choices of 64 different symbols of national pride and, currently, we have narrowed the field to “the sweet 16” of Canada.  On our By George Facebook page, we invite our followers to comment on the selections. Certainly, we have had some lively debate; for example, when the Calgary Stampede was selected over the Bluenose. (Should there be a compelling argument or overwhelming outcry about the choice of one of the symbols, or the other, By George will reserve the right to reverse the decision and go with our readership’s favourite.)


Our objective is to identify the single-most important symbol of national pride, the most beloved symbol of Canadiana.

Click in here to have your say: By George Journal on Facebook

Our recent newsletter featured “the sweet 16” and you can read the newsletter here.

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Chris George, providing reliable PR counsel and effective advocacy. Need a go-to writer or experienced communicator? 613-983-0801 @ CG&A COMMUNICATIONS.

A pearl of wisdom (shared on BGJ’s FB)

Here is a wonderful piece shared on the By George Journal Facebook page.


Not receiving By George in your Facebook news feed? Visit our pageand “like” it!  You will receive these types of memes and a variety of inspirational and motivational content that you can share with others on Facebook and beyond.

Chris George, providing reliable PR counsel and effective advocacy. Need a go-to writer and experienced communicator? Call 613-983-0801 @ CG&A COMMUNICATIONS.



A few guffaws over “Social Media”

Here are a few one-liners, puns and jokes relating to “social media” to insert in your next presentation – or in your next conversation with a tech-fearing person.

You just might be addicted to Social Media if you have more facebook friends than in real life… or,

  • you tweet more than you talk
  • when you hear a joke you say “lol” instead of simply laughing
  • you can type eighty words a minute but talk thirty
  • refer to yourself as your blog name – “Yeah I’m byGeorgeJournal!”
  • You update your status to tell people what your having for dinner

So, a man and wife were both in an Internet Business, but it was the husband who truly lived, ate and breathed computers. His wife finally realized how bad it gotten when one day she was scratching his back, and he said “No, not there. Scroll down a little.”

Beware: Puns!

  • When you post graffiti on my wall, it’s deFacebook.
  • Fishing can be very “Web 2.0” – especially when it’s done in reel time.
  • Some people can’t stand social media, but I say tweet his own.
  • Though tweeting is now allowed in church, you must be worried about being text-communicated.

And from yesterday’s PR Daily, here is Sam Fiorella’s 12 most ridiculous social media job titles (in no particular order):

1. Web Alchemist
2. Head of Interactions
3. Ant Colony Forman
4. Chief People Herder
5. Chatter Monkey
6. Community Data Guerrilla
7. Social Media Guru
8. Social Media Swami
9. Public Happy Maker
10. Social Media Evangelist
11. Social Media Rockstar
12. Social Media Missionary

SOURCE:  http://www.prdaily.com/Main/Articles/8590.aspx

10 great quotes on #writing

novelvvRK6nHGOne of our favourite tweeps is Novelicious@noveliciouss – who is a writer of addictive novels. One of her favourite tweets is remarkable writing quotes. Here are 10 of her most recent provocative quotes on #writing.


“The purpose of literature is to turn blood into ink.” – T.S. Elliot

“For a writer every day is a nervous breakdown.” – John Banville

“Easy reading is damn hard writing.” – Maya Angelou

“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!” – Goethe

“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.” – Kurt Vonnegut

“Fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth.” – Albert Camus

“People need stories, because however dark, a darkness with voices in it is better than a silent void.” – Margaret Atwood

“If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.” – Elmore Leonard

“Write your goddamned book now. The world awaits.” – Dave Eggers

“You fail only if you stop writing.” – Ray Bradbury


By George highly recommends following @noveliciouss.

You can find By George on Twitter: @ByGeorgeJournal


Chris George, providing reliable PR counsel and effective advocacy. Need a go-to writer or experienced communicator? 613-983-0801 @ CG&A COMMUNICATIONS.

20 Beautiful Quotes on Social Good

@ByGeorgeJournal follows Amy Neumann on Twitter – Amy is a Director for Audience Targeting, Social Media, and Content Marketing for an American marketing firm, Northeast Ohio Media Group. Amy posted her “88 Favorite Social Good Quotes” recently and By George has selected our FAV 20 for a Sunday morning reflection.

Here are 20 of our FAV beautiful quotes on “social Good”

  1. “Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.” – Martin Luther
  2. “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank
  3. “The time is always right to do what’s right.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  4. “The highest forms of understanding we can achieve are laughter and human compassion.” – Richard P. Feynman
  5. “The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” – Oscar Wilde
  6. “No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.” – Aesop
  7. “We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.” – Dr. Loretta Scott
  8. “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” – William James
  9. “A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles.” – Washington Irving
  10. “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle, or the mirror that reflects it.” – Edith Wharton
  11. “It matters if you just don’t give up.” – Stephen Hawking
  12. “Gratitude is the memory of the heart.” – Jean Baptiste Massieu
  13. “Unselfish and noble actions are the most radiant pages in the biography of souls.” – David Thomas
  14. “Thanks are the highest form of thought; gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” – G.K. Chesterton
  15. “Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.” – Seneca
  16. “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” – Dalai Lama
  17. “I always prefer to believe the best of everybody, it saves so much trouble.” – Rudyard Kipling
  18. “Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not.” – Samuel Johnson
  19. “The best portion of a good life – little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love.” – William Wordsworth
  20. “When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people.” – Abraham Heschel

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Chris George, providing reliable PR counsel and effective advocacy. Need a can-do EA or go-to-scribe? Call 613-983-0801 @ CG&A COMMUNICATIONS.


2016 By George editorial mission

Through the years By George Journal has offered ideas and background on effective PR and GR tactics as well as the craft of writing. This body of work is an extension of our company’s forte – delivering reliable, strategic advocacy advice and exceptional writing services.

And to add some levity to the Journal we pepper each month with remarkable quotes and humourous pieces for use in our readers’ workplace and social settings.

Each year, we take up an issue to feature in this space – last year it was federal politics and the election campaign, and in years prior we have featured everything from “the cost of big government” to “what is the essence of quality writing?”

cyborgs_pics_01For 2016, the By George Journal has set as its editorial mission an exploration of the changing dynamics of effective communications for organizations and groups who wish to have their issues heard. How do you best convey something relevant and memorable in our daily maelstrom of media images and information? Consider:

  • For decision-makers, our world is spinning much faster with the accelerated flow of information 24/7.
  • Social media is evolving and content developers and IT managers are taking the place of wordsmiths and researchers.
  • The interplay between making a favourable first impression and making your case has become a key focus for everything communicated.

All of these discussions are up for inspection through this year. We hope our readers may gain insight into what it means to communicate effectively in our super-charged, wired world. (Given our bent for words and wordsmithing, you might expect to hear a lament or two through the year.)

By George will be carrying this discussion to our Twitter and Facebook feeds as well, so we hope followers will consider joining the dialogue.

All the best through 2016! We wish you a prosperous year!

Campaign Success and the Internet

Here is Google’s Colin McKay (head of GR for Google Canada) take on the role of the Internet in election campaigns these days:

“The Internet is outstripping what would traditionally be considered tactical media.”

McKay’s observations come from Google research data that shows both the public’s interest in political websites and the shared social experience is having a significant impact on the way Parties campaign and how Canadians engage in campaigns.

Here are the numbers:

  • 87% of Canadian households have Internet access.
  • Canadians spend 41.3 hours online per month.
  • Canadians now watch 28.9 hours of Internet video each week, surpassing television (which sits at 28.8 hours/week) for the first time.
  • Canadians are ranked second in the world for YouTube video viewing.
  • People look to the Internet for information on an election, candidate and issues 14.7 times leading up to election day.

It used to be that the Party and/or candidate’s website was an important element to inform voters within the last 72 hours of a campaign. However, McKay’s numbers suggest, a Party’s and candidate’s on-line presence is paramount to their success. An effective on-line strategy is a must-have and good, compelling content must be prepared from the start, and maintained throughout the campaign.

Bottom line: the Internet is the primary resource for voters’ information and has become the most important media weapon in any campaign’s strategy.

The Selfie – a mental disorder


The ‘selfie’ is now officially a mental disorder as confirmed by the American Psychiatric Association (APA).

Many people have already suspected ‘selfie’ as a serious mental disorder. Those theories are now confirmed by the APA. ‘Selfies’ are officially classified as a mental disorder!

The APA announced this vital information at its recent annual board of directors meeting in Chicago! The APA decided to named the disorder as “selfitis”.

The official definition of Selfitis is scientifically defined as an obsessive compulsive desire to snap several photos of one’s self and post the photos on social media as a way to make up for the lack of self-esteem and to fill a big gap in intimacy.

The APA classified the disorder into three levels

  • Borderline selfitis: snapping several photos of one’s self at least 3 times a day but not exactly posting them on social media
  • Acute selfitis: snapping several photos of one’s self at least 3 times a day and posting each of the photos taken on the camera on to social media
  • Chronic selfitis: uncontrollable desire and urge to snap many photos of one’s self round the clock and posting the photos on social media more than 6 times a day.

The APA has no current cure for the disorder. However, temporary treatment is available. Such temporary treatment includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy also known as CBT. For those that are low on income, there is good news. CBT is currently coveted by Obamacare.

Here is an interesting aside. After the APA classifying ‘selfie’ as a mental disorder, large group of members of the medical community quickly began to criticize the APA’s use of the term ‘selfitis.’ They claimed and argues that the suffix ‘itis’ refers to a condition in which some form of inflammation of a body part or system occurs. Example: Bronchitis is and inflammation of the bronchial passages in the lungs. Tonsillitis is an inflammation of the tonsils, etc. The medical community argued and believed that the correct word, or term, for the ‘addiction’ should be “selfism’ just as alcoholism; the addiction to alcohol. The APA came back and was extremely quick to defend its choice for the term ‘selfitis’ claiming that the newly classified disorder was an ‘inflammation of one’s ego.’

So, believe it or not!! Our source is the website Soloreads – click here.

(ed. – Go ahead and forward this news… we expect there are likely many people who come to mind who would find this humourous.)

25 favourite quotes on the Internet

  • There’s a statistical theory that if you gave a million monkeys typewriters and set them to work, they’d eventually come up with the complete works of Shakespeare. — Anonymous
  • Thanks to the Internet, we now know this isn’t true. — Ian Hart
  • Getting information off the Internet is like taking a drink from a fire hydrant. — Mitchell Kapor
  • The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow. — Bill Gates
  • The Internet is the first thing that humanity has built that humanity doesn’t understand, the largest experiment in anarchy that we have ever had. — Eric Schmidt
  • It shouldn’t be too much of a surprise that the Internet has evolved into a force strong enough to reflect the greatest hopes and fears of those who use it. — Denise Caruso
  • Describing the Internet as the Network of Networks is like calling the Space Shuttle, a thing that flies. — John Lester.
  • Nowadays, anyone who cannot speak English and is incapable of using the Internet is regarded as backward. — Al-Waleed bin Talal
  • Looking at the proliferation of personal web pages on the Net, it looks like very soon everyone on Earth will have 15 megabytes of fame. — M.G. Sriram
  • Internet: absolute communication, absolute isolation. — Paul Carvel
  • Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day; teach that person to use the Internet and they won’t bother you for weeks. Internet is so big, so powerful and pointless that for some people it is a complete substitute for life. — Andrew Brown
  • [The Internet,] A Superhighway through the Wasteland? — Mitchell Kapor and Jerry Berman.
    The net’s a cross between an elephant and a white elephant sale: it never forgets, and it’s always crap. – Nemo
  • The Internet is the most powerful magnifier of slack ever invented. – author unknown
  • The Internet is the trailer park for the soul. — Marilyn Manson
  • A journey of a thousand sites begins with a single click. — author unknown
  • The Internet is the Viagra of big business. –Jack Welch
  • The Internet is like a gold-rush; the only people making money are those who sell the pans. — Will Hobbs
  • Spending an evening on the World Wide Web is much like sitting down to a dinner of Cheetos. Two hours later your fingers are yellow and you’re no longer hungry, but you haven’t been nourished.” — Cliff Stoll
  • The Internet is the world’s largest library. It’s just that all the books are on the floor. — John Allen Paulos
  • Usenet is like a herd of performing elephants with diarrhea — massive, difficult to redirect, awe-inspiring, entertaining, and a source of mind- boggling amounts of excrement when you least expect it. — Gene Spafford
  • Information on the Internet is subject to the same rules and regulations as conversation at a bar. — George Lundberg
  • Hooked on Internet? Help is a just a click away. — author unknown
  • During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet. — Al Gore
  • If Al Gore invented the Internet, I invented spell check. — Dan Quayle

(ed. – This list of great quotes was compiled years ago and first appeared in the By George Journal is 2009.)

Current social media trends

The websource Social Media Examiner released a compilation of study data that provides a picture of current social media trends all businesses and organizations should be aware of when making decisions on their sm strategy. For a quick 5-minute scan of the trends, here is the data provided by the SME’s post:

  • Total social commerce sales that could be tracked to social networks hit $3.30 billion through 2014, up 26% from 2013’s $2.62 billion, which is quite a leap. Overall traffic to retailer websites originating from social networks ticked up 7%.
  • Christmas 2014 and Internet sites are the number-one place consumers go to buy gifts in US. In 2015, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest (and even Amazon.com) are busy developing buy-type buttons and promotions to help marketers track sales directly to the platform.
  • March 2015 US study reveals that mobile access to the Internet has quadrupled over the past four years, and desktop has risen 37%. The study also found that the predominant Internet activity on mobile was social networking. 31% of all traffic to the top 10 digital sites was mobile-only visitation (top three are Google, Yahoo and Facebook).
  • 44% of Americans now are listening to streaming audio. Monthly audio podcast consumption grew from approximately 39 million monthly users in 2014 to approximately 46 million in 2015, an increase of 18%.
  • 87% of podcast sponsors are mid-tier, dot.com companies selling web-based services (subscription) or ecommerce products (Dollar Shave Club). One-third of the podcasts had no sponsors at all, indicating that the host was most likely selling his or her own products or services.
  • Move to mobile – and Facebook still dominates the sm narrative. Facebook not only became the provider of 61% of all social logins, but also makes up 72% of all ecommerce social logins. Facebook’s 61% stretches far ahead of Google+’s second runner-up status at 22%.
  • 70% of Facebook’s users engage with the site daily. That number increased 7% from 2013, and beat Instagram’s daily user number of 49%.


For instructive commentary, we suggest reading the article in its entirety:
Social Media Marketing Trends Gaining Traction in 2015: New Research