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#HecklersHangout 18 – Mark Babbitt, YouTern, and Kids Today

Mark Babbit from YouTern and SavvyIntern discusses internships and young careers on Hecklers'  HangoutWe were very fortunate this week to have as our guest Mr. Mark Babbitt of YouTern. Brian and I have both known Mark for a couple of years now. I think we both met him via 12most, but the really amazing thing about Mark is that his blog, The Savvy Intern, consistently churns out high quality posts (as in multiple posts every day), nonstop, and with no fanfare.

We covered a lot of different topics. I was excited to learn about how YouTern and the Savvy Intern blog got started, and I was surprised to learn that it was all rather much a happy accident. The same holds true for the highly successful #InternPro Twitter chat that Mark started about a year ago. It is all a testament to the fact that ultimately, people will gravitate towards content that can truly help them. The folks at YouTern don’t believe in self-promotion or making it all about just one person. Instead, it’s all about their customers.

After talking about the origins of YouTern, we talked about social media a lot – including whether it really does make sense to “scrub” your Facebook page of any potentially damaging pictures. It was interesting to hear Mark say that a Facebook page that is “too” clean can be just as suspicious as a few suspect pictures. Be yourself, just try not to post anything that makes you look like a social deviant. We also touched again on the seeming decrease in understanding of basic human values and whether social media has had a role in that. This is a topic we seem to return to again and again on Hecklers’ Hangout, which is interesting in and of itself.

This just offers a brief glimpse of what we talked about. If you want to see the rest of the story (and we know you do) take a gander at the whole episode!

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Margie Clayman

Margie Clayman is Vice President of Client Services at Clayman Marketing Communications, her family's full-service marketing firm in Akron, Ohio. Margie blogs for the agency at She also blogs at her own site (, for Razoo (, for Carol Roth ( and for Leaderswest ( When not blogging, Margie enjoys learning everything there is to know about the history of the world, exercising, and crafting.

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