About Izzy Neis

Izzy Neis is a published author, a youth virtual world & safety guru, a cookie connoisseur, pop culture aficionado (especially in children’s entertainment), and a zealot in the pro-kid movement. She’s earned her degree in Elementary Education, a masters in the Teaching and Practice of Creative Writing, and has worked with children for 15+ years.

Izzy is currently the Senior Director of Digital Strategy at ModSquad, and lives in Los Angeles, California.

Previously, Izzy was the both the acting Vice President of User Engagement at Everloop and Fight My Monster, both start-ups in the youth social media space.

Additionally, Izzy was the Director of User Engagement at Gazillion Entertainment, working (as always) in community and safety, helping the company build amazing virtual worlds, MMO’s, and online games for youth (and families).  Izzy also managed the coordination of the European launch and localization for Gazillion’s games. Izzy was also the Sr. Community Manager for Six Degrees Games, the company that created the fantastic virtual world Action AllStars for tween sports fans. Izzy also had the position of User Engagement Manager at Star Farm Productions, a children’s entertainment company. At Star Farm, she created the community department, managed the staff, acted as web strategist, web content editor, web copy editor, customer service, and played the part of Kid Guru and uber product consumer.  Once upon a time, Izzy co-developed and write a preschool book series debuting in 2008 with 9 books called The Kinetics.

On a personal note: Izzy lived abroad for a while, has a love affair with the entire nation of Scotland, and misses traveling desperately! She still writes actively (check out the blog project: The Misadventures of the Royal Runaways“). Her weaknesses are cookies straight from the oven and building her database of gifs for that “perfect” response.

P.s. I must pre-apologize if my grammar/spelling is atrocious. I am doing this blog as I juggle daily agendas, and spend little time focusing my editorial efforts. There are articles that pop up and web-surfings worthy of ranting & rambling– and I would rather have at ’em in this blog then wait for a time when I can properly line edit. I promise to do my best though. 🙂

Where you might find Izzy (research, work, life, social networking):

Pownce, Bebo, Myspace, Facebook, Youtube, Mybloglog, Faceparty, Friendster, WAYN (Where Are You Now), Hi5, Aim, MSN Live Messenger, Google Groups, Yahoo! Groups, LinkedIn, del.icio.us, flickr, Twitter, ilike, wis.dm, GoAbroad.net, Jaiku, Joost, Wikipedia, Yelp, Meetup, Myyearbook, Talkcity (and the late great Star Wars chat rooms: Naboo’s Swamp!), ABC forums/blogs, NBC forum/blogs, OKDork, WordPress, Blogspot, LiveJournal, Blogger, Tribe, Netvibes, igoogle, ilike, Craigslist, Gumtree, Xanga, Lonelyplanet, Travelocity, Orbitz, MediaBistro, Limewire, Flock, Dodgeball, Multiply, 43 Things, Dandelion, Magnolia, Amazon, Edgarandellen.com, Mashable, BestWeekEver.tv, AdultSwim, Gaia, Neopets, Whyville, Club Penguin, DiscoveryKids, PBSKids, GoCityKids, Nicktropolis, Nick, TurboNick, Stardoll, Lego, Girlsense, Webkinz, Gopets, Sparktop, Tygirls, Allykatzz, Puzzle Pirates, Second Life, World of Warcraft, Kingdom of Loathing, Yomod, DXD, Disney Fairies, Toon Town, VMK, Habbo, Everythinggirl, Barbiegirl, Trollz, Bratz, Pony Club, Pokemon, Series of Unfortunate Events, Emily Strange, Tagged, Tagworld, Flip, MTV, The-N, Meez, WeeWorld, Blogsafety, Stopcyberbullying, Jumpcut, Cyworld, Imbee, IMEEM, IMVU, Leakylounge, Mugglenet, Dissendium, Chamber of Chat, Harry Potter (Warner Brothers), Fosters Big Fat House Party, Epals, Phatgnat, Kits Who Rip, Flux, think.com, Lov.li, Etsy, Threadless, InnerTee, YSN, InvisibleChildren, Change.org, Rosie’s For Kids, Skrbl, Media UK, World Traveller, RIPL, Styleguide, HotorNot, My Pop Studio, People, Alfie, (the late) Broken Lizard forum, 4815162342, Blog Awards, Technorati, stumbleupon, Funnyordie, collegehumor, IRC, E!, Pink Is the New Blog, MoshMonsters, Maple Story, Pirates of the Caribbean Online, Disney Online, Nicktropolis, Zibbie, Shining Stars, Funky Town, Neopets, Stardoll, Girlsense, Allykatzz, MiniMatch, FusionFall, PBS kids play, iknowthat, Lord of the Rings Online, Hello Kitty Online (Sanrio), Buildabearville, Muppet Central, Imbee, There.com, Kidzbop, Wowbotz, CBBC online, etc (the list goes on…)

  1. December 9, 2006 at 4:37 am

    I found your blog searching for a name for mine. I’m a married in Neis and found you fascinating. FYI I think you a very profound and can’t wait to read more of your posts.

  2. February 14, 2007 at 9:52 pm

    HI, Jen! Woo hoo, distant family ROCKS! Hopefully we can connect the dots and see how far of cousins we are. Thanks for finding me! Go Neises!

  3. March 3, 2007 at 9:39 pm

    Hi Izzy
    Great to say hi. Glad you are part of the “community”. Love to share notes and learn about your experiences with tween communities.

    Mukund

  4. March 4, 2007 at 3:32 am

    Hi Izzy,

    Thanks so much for the kind words on my blog, as well as listing me on your site!!

    Besides working with kids and issues of safety, we also share in the most important “cookie connoisseur” line of work!!! ha

    And oh, World domination?? ROCK ON!!

    Good luck and hope to hear from you soon!

    jace

  5. March 6, 2007 at 8:52 pm

    Hi ya Izzy.

    I hate to ask you this, but I did not like my web blog name, so I changed or tweaked it a bit.

    Please note the change on your list of links.

    Thanks so much and have a wonderful day!

    http://internetsafetyadvisor.squarespace.com

    (from internetsafetyQUEEN)

    Jace

  6. March 7, 2007 at 10:02 pm

    Howdy, Ms Izzy!!

    Thanks for the comment on my blog today!!

    You may have a great idea for a “cookie campaign”!

  7. March 16, 2007 at 4:10 pm

    Hi Ms Izzy!

    Thanks for the comment, girl!! Yes, I saw that article, thank you. There are numerous pending bills regarding social networking AND cyber bullying out there, and much debate on both. I am in the process of implementing an anti-cyber bullying campaign in my school district, then hope to press that forward to my entire region(10 school districts).
    Have a marvelous Friday!

    jace

  8. Anthony
    August 29, 2007 at 11:06 pm

    Hey Izzster, what’s up. Been a bit.

    I finally got around to checking out Hauron and the Sea of Stories – pretty epic.
    Well, not epic in the gigantic sense of being protracted. It was a quick’un (but a good’un).

    Honestly, didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did. If all of Rushdie’s books are as pleasant to read as Hauron I’ll be purchasing…Plentimaw.
    Get it, did you get that. I’m so funny. That was genius, I’m a genius. Plentimaw, as in the magical many eyed rhyming angel fish populating the waters of Kahani. Bam!

    Anyways, just dropping a shout out to my favorite teaching-reading-writing-apples-to-apples-playing-blogger.

    PEACE OUT!!

  9. August 30, 2007 at 5:19 am

    Hey izzy, just a quick note to say that your blog is so way cool, really insightful and has just enough silliness! i’m interested to learn more about tweens for my branding company and this is where i’ll be starting 🙂

    nice to e-meet you!

    – Jeremy

  10. August 30, 2007 at 4:56 pm

    Thanks, Jeremy! Took a look at your webpage/portfolio– awesome stuff! Very jealous of your talents. If there is anything I can do, or you wanna chat about youth media, let me know! If there’s anything I like to do… it’s a good ramble. 😉

  11. August 31, 2007 at 12:47 am

    i’d love to chat actually 🙂 shoot me an email so we can exchange contact details and we’ll get rambling! 🙂

    speak soon.

    – J

  12. Hermod
    October 2, 2007 at 5:45 pm

    Iz, I did a google search and found something about Naboo Swamp in Talkcity. I can’t find it now! Was I lead to the right place? Is this the same Naboo Swamp in Talkcity from like 1998, ’99, ect?

  13. Holly Pendleton
    October 9, 2007 at 7:30 pm

    Izzy –

    I met Joi Podgorny this weekend at an Online Communities Summit in CA and we talked a great deal about youth involvement in online community. She suggested that I contact you regarding a question that I have.

    I am interested in knowing if you know of any elementary or middle schools that have created an online community for their schools as a way to enhance interactions via an online component (much like company’s do these days).

    I am considering proposing this idea to the PTA of my daughter’s elementary school. The kids will be introduced to this someway / somehow so why not create a forum for the parents to introduce the kids and have it as a tool to enhance relationships and offer support like homework help and meet-ups?

    Just a thought I have and any info or references you might know of would be fantastic!

    Thank you!
    Holly

  14. Holly Pendleton
    October 9, 2007 at 7:32 pm

    Izzy –

    I met Joi Podgorny this weekend at an Online Communities Summit in CA and we talked a great deal about youth involvement in online community. She suggested that I contact you regarding a question that I have.

    I am interested in knowing if you know of any elementary or middle schools that have created an online community for their schools as a way to enhance interactions via an online component (much like company’s do these days).

    I am considering proposing this idea to the PTA of my daughter’s elementary school. The kids will be introduced to this someway / somehow so why not create a forum for the parents to introduce the kids and have it as a tool to enhance relationships and offer support like homework help and meet-ups?

    Just a thought I have and any info or references you might know of would be fantastic!

    Thank you!
    Holly

  15. October 11, 2007 at 7:47 pm

    Heck yeah– Hermod! Sadly Talkcity’s Naboo swamp is long since gone. But I believe there is a Watto’s Junkyard in MSN groups? It’s been so long. I miss my m&m tree a lot. lol

  16. Reg Greiner
    October 25, 2007 at 1:18 am

    Hey Izzy,
    Real enjoy all that you write and review in the tween world…Would welcome the opportunity to hear more on what you are doing with other ventures, and certainly want to introduce you to another tween project that i think you will really enjoy alongside Star Farm…

    Best,
    Reggie Greiner
    SCP Capital

  17. November 6, 2007 at 6:21 pm

    Hi, Reg!!! I certainly be calling soon!

  18. November 24, 2007 at 6:36 pm

    Wait you are a published author? that means you wrote a book, right? What’s it called? I would love to buy it

  19. November 24, 2007 at 6:37 pm

    I guess if thats what published author means. I think it does. I have a 4 day vavation and need to go back to school!

  20. Phaedra
    November 27, 2007 at 9:45 pm

    Izzy…I just found this and had no idea that you have moved west! Congrats and best of luck to you at 6 Degrees Games – Nick still asks about you, by the way! I am working in the Hancock building – so guess who is BFF with John Hancock now?? ME! HA. Please keep in touch! I loved living in sunny CA – hope you do too! XO Phaeds

  21. Mike G
    December 14, 2007 at 2:58 am

    Dear Izzy:

    Now that things have started to slow down, I wanted to extend my gratitude for you giving me the valuable experience of community screener at Star Farm. I learned a lot about children, their environment and how to protect their safety. That was a really fun job and I am so lucky to have witnessed the fun.

    I checked out your blog and saw that you have a new job in California. Best of luck with that!

    Thank you once again for everything. You really made a positive difference in my life.

    Best regards,

    Michael Gay

  22. January 5, 2008 at 2:44 am

    Hi Izzy,

    I noticed that you had the SparkTop.org site as going to be shut down. That is not the case. It will continue under a new owner, the Professor Garfield Foundation, http://www.professorgarfield.org. We have worked closely with SparkTop.org for many years and will continue to serve kids by providing wonderful free educational materials that are researched based and that kids love.

    Regards,
    Bof Levy

  23. January 22, 2008 at 12:58 am

    Hi Izzy

    I hope you’re well

    Myles from The Brothers McLeod here…

    We have recently completed a little series for CBBC ‘Pedro and Frankensheep’
    One of the episodes can be seen on YouTube
    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=UJo9GqlfMMI

    I just thought I’d flag this up in case it was something you’d like to feature on your site. We’re rather proud of the series and are trying to spread the word.

    All the best

    Myles

    ================================================================================
    WANT TO KNOW MORE?

    Pedro and Frankensheep is a series of 10 x 5 minute episodes for CBBC following the scientific misadventures of a super intelligent guinea pig Pedro and his naïve simpleton cyborg sheep Frank. Also featuring two high IQ ticks Hector and Hugo that live on Frank’s head and who burst into song every episode.

    Download promo pics here
    http://www.brothersmcleod.co.uk/promo-stills-pedro.zip

    CBBC
    Nine episodes are available to view at the CBBC website
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/pedro/
    And particularly nice are the make-your-own Foldeez characters that the BBC has put together from our characters in the series.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/grab/foldeez/pdf/foldeefrank.pdf
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/grab/foldeez/pdf/foldeepedro.pdf

    Myles McLeod
    The Brothers McLeod
    Spark and Zoom Films
    07775 911113
    http://www.brothersmcleod.co.uk/
    http://uk.youtube.com/brothermcleod

  24. February 20, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    A Big Blog Bravo!
    Excellent, well thought out, and very well written posts have made your blog both a pleasure to read and a source of valuable information.

    Invitation
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    Welcome and thank you for writing “the best blog”.
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  25. February 29, 2008 at 1:59 am

    Hi Izzy!!!

    I miss you sooo much!

    Ur sooo lucky u live in LA where u dont have to deal with this crappy weather!!

    Anyway, the next time we go down to California, we gotta see you!!!

    Please respond!

    -Nick

  26. March 17, 2008 at 12:06 am

    Hey Izzy,

    I would like you to review my site and products. The “About Us” has the history of the development of Beautiful Kids Natural Products,LLC. I have a products that feature organic honey – and focus on being green for tween girls. They are dye, nut, wheat and egg free” with a great scent! Let me know what you think! Sassyfantasyworld.com.

    Thanks,
    Mary Robbins, Founder

  27. May 9, 2008 at 9:55 am

    Hi Izzy,

    Our company have developed a technology that we believe will become the next generation of child protection for ISPs, Virtual Worlds, social networks and MMOGs.

    For further information please visit: http://www.crispthinking.com

    We are absolutely inundated with interest since we attended the Virtual Worlds 2008 event in NYC. We are also attending the ION Conference in Seattle 13-15th May.

    Once you have reviewed our website, your thoughts, opinion and comments would be appreciated.

    Cheers,
    Campbell

  28. Kerrie Sasso
    July 2, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    Hi- I’m looking for an email address for Izzy. I have a great product that I would love for her to take a look at! Thanks so much,
    Kerrie

  29. August 9, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    work hard, stay focused

  30. November 4, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    Hi Izzy, Fluid Entertainment wants to send you a rockin’ package introducing our new game. What is the best address?

  31. Debbie
    November 21, 2008 at 1:27 am

    Hi Izzy,

    Fantastic blog…loaded with great information and so insightful. Thanks, I always look forward to hearing what you’ve got to say!

    I’ve been working as an educational consultant for a few preschool television shows in Lala land for the last five years and have recently branched into the world of usability research. I understand that you’ve got a packed schedule, but I wonder if you’d have any time to speak with me about your experiences and possibly let me pick your brain a bit…

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Regards,

    Debbie

  32. Audrey
    January 13, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Hello Izzy,

    My name is Audrey and I work for Wikio, the number 1 news aggregator in Europe indexing over 60,000 blogs and news sites.

    Whilst visiting Izzyneis.wordpress.com, I noticed you do not currently offer any subscription tools to your readers so that they can be updated with your last articles.

    At Wikio, we offer a free universal subscription button that allows your readers to subscribe to your website using their favorite subscription service, without you having to display each and every one of them.

    This “all-in-one” solution is very easy to install and will allow you to improve the loyalty of your readers and increase your traffic.

    If you want to add this service, just follow this link: http://www.wikio.co.uk/tools/universalsubscription and choose the button that you like the most. Or If you’d prefer, I could just send you the code directly.

    Do let me know if you have any questions.

    Regards,

    Audrey

  33. Tomek
    August 30, 2009 at 4:11 am

    Just a friendly reminder that Tomek thinks the world of you!

  34. Mary Liz
    February 3, 2010 at 5:01 am

    EA

    Your site is great. Your credentials are impeccable. You’re so impressive.
    You Go Girl!!!

    Auntie ML

  35. Melody McCann
    July 30, 2010 at 1:04 am

    Like I told Joi…kids are so lucky to have people like you looking out for them. You rock! I hope that we can get together again.

  36. December 2, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Hi Izzy, I’d like to talk to you about kids engagement, kids literature, and some projects that I’d like to greatly develop to a new level. Not sure how else to reach you. As background,
    I’m the founder.president of:

    VocabularySpellingCity.com – the second largest by volume educational site on the web (per Quantcast.com’s statistics). used by about 8% of US elementary schools every month.

    HomeschoolLiterature.com – the only directory online of literature (ie fiction) featuring homeschoolers.

    Time4Learning.com – Leading online homeschooling K-8 educational system.

    I’m trying to get deeper into kids communities but without reinventing the wheel.
    (PS. I come out of the console world. Went platinum with an early Playstation I produced)

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