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Ragan Insider   |  {/%BYLINE%} {%AUTHOR%}Alan Pearcy{/%AUTHOR%} {%TITLE%}Happy B-Day, #TheDailySpin: 12 stories that defined our first year{/%TITLE%} {%ALTERNATIVEURL%}{/%ALTERNATIVEURL%} {%IMAGE%}/Uploads/Public/first-birthday.jpg{/%IMAGE%} {%ROLE%}87d65c27-6e78-4e5c-b423-78d47d4f2768{/%ROLE%} {%KICKER%}Marketing{/%KICKER%} {%CATEGORIESID%}1fd4d0a9-bbe2-4b5c-af5c-11dce5b9983e, 9b04de1d-f7bc-4de7-842e-c9c833ff24e9, 055d8a23-ee23-4f9c-a2f4-df030843f312, e8e0f32d-5d24-41be-86cc-a8fd29cc4619, 5b5f5480-7a63-458a-90a4-0b98007ec3f7{/%CATEGORIESID%} {%CAPTION%}We’re celebrating this feature’s first birthday. Won’t you join us?{/%CAPTION%} {%BODYCOPY%} Every weekday, PR Daily associate editor Alan Pearcy highlights the day’s most compelling stories, amusing marginalia on the Web in this, #TheDailySpin. Like the parents of any toddler, making it to that milestone of the first birthday feels like quite the accomplishment. It’s been a similar journey for #TheDailySpin, although it was a slightly longer road than normal—Leap Year. This week marked the first birthday of this column, so to honor the occasion we’re looking back at some of our favorite stories from roughly 254 days of #TheDailySpin. In May, Jimmy Kimmel, accompanied by R&B legends Boyz II Men, paid a special musical tribute to Oprah Winfrey’s daily talk show farewell. It was revealed in June that “Mad Men” would also bid farewell from television, but not for another three more years. And it might just be my opinion, but this first season back has been stellar. Since this is a birthday edition, we couldn’t possibly leave out PR executive Patrice Tanaka from the mix. When celebrating her birthday in July, Tanaka bestowed the gift of wisdom, advice to young industry professionals. And in August, the World Wide Web turned 20. Although we’re merely one, our birthday will certainly see it’s fair share of drinks (read: alcohol). However, in September, you’d have thought Outback would have learned its lesson from Applebee’s (or Chili’s or Olive Garden) before it served such beverages to a four-year-old, as well as to two teenagers. We celebrated Halloween rather than anyone’s birthday in October,, to help us do it was LMFAO, a viral video of one home’s spirited lighting spectacular. Former PR Daily staffer, bona fide cancer fighter Lindsey Miller took to the viral video scene in November when she asked “50/50” actor Joseph Gordon Levitt to meet her for coffee. Unfortunately, Lindsey never got that coffee date. She does, however, continue to blog her enduring tale of survival at i am a liver. Amid the December holiday rush, FedEx delivered a special gift to one, all—a video that caught one of its drivers throwing a computer monitor over someone’s fence. Season’s greetings. Shortly after the incident, we rang in the New Year. Among the first stories to report in 2012 was that in January two women on Facebook lobbied Mattel to manufacture a bald Barbie doll. Of course, as we all know now, Mattel pretty much botched that one. Mattel didn’t botch that situation as badly as CNN did in reporting the untimely passing of the late Whitney Houston. Just ask Jon Stewart. He made his opinion perfectly clear in February when he slammed the media outlet for surprising random people on the street with the startling news in hopes of capturing an equally startling reaction to the tragic incident. In March, it was Urban Outfitters that was slammed for selling St. Patrick’s Day merchandise that many believe mocked people of Irish heritage. But by April, retailers were rejoicing, not necessary because they were seeing profits up across the board. Instead, they were seeing them in men’s underwear, one of the five signs that the economy is improving. We’ll not only let that “brief” note round us out for the day, but see us out for the weekend. Thank you to all of our PR Daily readers for continuing to let us entertain you. Have a great Memorial Day, we’ll see you back here on Tuesday.{/%BODYCOPY%} {%ID%}11747{/%ID%} {%DATAID%}1f3388f2-1490-464c-af08-32ba8544c292{/%DATAID%} {%CanonicalUrl%}{/%CanonicalUrl%} {%PUBLISHDATE%}5/29/2012 1:47:59 PM{/%PUBLISHDATE%} {%LINK%}{/%LINK%} {%BYLINE%}

Happy B-Day, #TheDailySpin: 12 stories that defined our first year

We’re celebrating this feature’s first birthday. Won’t you join us?

Ragan Insider   |  Shanna Mallon

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