Our little dude is one step closer to getting a real name! And literally more than 500 names were suggested.

We poured through the entire list and came up with five that we really like.  Now we need your help picking the final name.  Keep reading to see the finalists and how you can vote.

But first, I’d like to give a public tip of the hat to the core team that helped Social Media Examiner become the site it is today.

Thanks to the Gang of Seven

There were initially seven of us who agreed to contribute regularly to this site.  These folks were all established experts in their fields and we couldn’t have done what we’ve done without their help.  Here are the other six:

Mari Smith: Mari is the queen of Facebook for business, the royal lady of relationship marketing and co-author of the book Facebook Marketing: An Hour a Day.

Denise Wakeman: Denise is an outstanding expert on blogging for business and the gal behind The Blog Squad.

Chris Garrett: Chris is half-techy guy and half content king.  He’s the co-author of the bestseller Problogger.

Jason Falls: Jason is a true social media guru and visionary.  He’s also the guy behind Social Media Explorer.

Cindy King: Cindy is an international marketing expert and managing editor of our site.

Casey Hibbard: Casey is the queen of case studies and is also author of the book Stories That Sell.

Thanks so much to each of you!

Vote to Name Our Mascot

From the more than 500 name submissions we received, we’ve narrowed the selection down to five names.

The names we like are (in alphabetical order):

  • Buzz
  • Hunter
  • Livingston
  • Scout
  • Stanley

VOTING IS NOW CLOSED… >> Click here to vote for the final name of our mascot! <<

Please have your vote in by Wednesday, October 7, at midnight Pacific.

The Folks Who Came Up With These Names

Congratulations to Ninathewriter, Todd V Yeadon, Larisa and Dawn for submitting these five names.  Each these fine folks has won a free pass to Facebook Success Summit 2010Note: When the same name was submitted more than once, we went with the first person to suggest the name.

By the way, an honorable mention goes to James Ball for suggesting Irving Socialmyer Downs III.

Stay tuned for the unveiling of the final name on October 12, 2010! And thanks for being a loyal reader.  Let us know what you think about our site in the comments box below.

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  • Hands down, Livingston is the most appropriate name for such a distinguished adventurer. Very late 1800’s

  • Thanks for the shout out, Mike. I’m honored to be part of the core team. This was a difficult decision, but in the end, Stanley is the name that I kept coming back to. Fun contest and congrats to the winners!

  • Yes! Irving Socialmyer Downs III got an honorable mention…I’m stoked! I really appreciate the mention.

  • GFerrell

    Stanley is the way to go. He was a journalist.

  • Wiant


  • SInce I created this little dude, i feel like i should have a some small influence in naming my “son”. i vote for Stanley!

  • I’d go for Livingston as he was the explorer.

  • Hey Greg! Thanks for your great creative efforts! Everyone, Greg is the illustrator.

  • I’m going to go with Stanley. It seems to fit well with an innocent looking explorer who is slightly nerdy.

  • Hmm…I like either Hunter or Livingston.

  • Heather Welch

    I vote Livingstone…when I hear Stanley, I think of the Flat Stanley series of children’s books that were so popular a few years ago.

  • lewishowes

    The only name the Mascot should be is “Buddy the Examiner” … wish it was on the list 🙁

  • Stanley or Livingston – I can’t choose.

  • Social Activist

    I’m going for Buzz, that simply fits his delivery.

  • Denise – I am glad you bought into my vision and am blessed to have you.

  • I laughed a lot at that one James 🙂

  • Hey folks! Make sure you actually place your vote by clicking on the link in the above article.

  • Nick

    He’s generating a lot of “Buzz”.

  • Alicia

    “Scout” is the way to go. He is such an explorer in the jungle of social media, not to mention the literary reference to the beloved character from Harper Lee’s book “To Kill a Mockingbird”.

  • John Hanlon


  • Laura McGregor

    I couldn’t agree more – I also voted for Stan the Man

  • While Stanley or Livingstone (I myself suggested them) are the favorite for their historical value Buzz is the best for the modern world.

  • I’m going with Buzz. Stanley conjures up images of Stan Laurel, who was part of the famous comedy team – Laurel & Hardy (yes, I know I just dated myself). Livingston is cool as it conjures up the name of the Explorer, but there was an “e” at the end. So with my warped logic, I vote for Buzz.
    To infinity and Beyond!

  • He looks like a Stanley to me… Social Media Stanley 🙂

  • I like

  • oops, it posted before I was finished! I vote for Livingston!

  • Techno_pen

    Henry Stanley was the one looking for Dr. Livingstone. Mr. Stanley was a newspaper reporter sent to find him. Since our guy is still exploring the jungles of social media, Stanley was my vote.

  • the finalist names are so aristocratic. I’d go completely other direction, and call him Maynard the Explorer. Play up the Geek vibe! Stand out.

  • What was wrong with “little dude”? : )

  • Gfunk06

    Lil john

  • Michael

    I think Livingston will stand out better & be more distinct. I’m only sorry I didn’t notice this contest when entries were being taken. I would have submitted Cliff or Professor SME (Social Media Examiner)

  • Hunter as you hunt down and provide the best info

  • M Agnes


  • I voted for Livingston. Classic names never go out of style.

  • Nete

    Stanley for me.

  • nathanofsm

    Mine isnt there 🙁 ok i’ll go with Stanley.

  • Larisa

    Awesome! I can’t believe I won – thanks so much !!!
    So how do I join/attend the Summit?
    How exciting!

  • Little Bob For me

  • Yeeeeeeaaaaaahhhhh!

  • Kerijbur

    I missed out on the vote….Darn…But I would have voted for Stanley!!