Taking A Bite Of The Digital Cookie

Many moons ago, I was a Girl Scout and did the traditional deed of going door-to-door and setting up tables outside stores to sell my cookies (and, of course, my parents asked all their co-workers).

That’s all we could do back in the day. Yet, I have fond memories of doing this, and to this day I must say Thin Mints remain my favorite. Years ago I vowed to have my daughter become a Girl Scout just so I could have an endless supply of Thin Mints.


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Samantha K. and Madelynn S. showing off their cookie pages at CES ALISON YOUNG PHOTO

I suppose I don’t have to go to that extreme anymore since Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) announced the Digital Cookie last month. This basically means the new generation of Girl Scouts can sell their cookies online or through the new app. If it were only like this back in the day!

I met these two young ladies (see photo) at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), where they were selling their cookies with tablets to CES attendees firsthand. They explained there are two ways for customers to purchase cookies: You order cookies right from them on a mobile app (face-to-face) or, if you can’t quite make up your mind, they can send you an invite via email that takes you right to their personalized page. Either way, the orders are processed via credit card and direct shipped (for a slight charge), or can be picked up directly from your Girl Scout (depending on location).

The cookie program has been around for about 100 years, and GSUSA is hoping this Digital Cookie will let the girls learn the “Five Skills”: goal setting, decision-making, money management, people skills and business ethics. And further, giving them 21st-century lessons on online marketing, app usage and ecommerce, as they are able to drive their own Digital Cookie businesses.

So if you want to take a bite out of the Digital Cookie, go find your neighborhood Girl Scout and ask her to take your order or shoot you an email link.

Clash of Clans

If you watched the Super Bowl this year, you probably remember the Clash of Clans commercial with Liam Neeson. He states his user name on the ad, as he says, “I don’t know you, BigBuffetBoy85, but if you think you can humiliate me and take my gold, think again. Oh, I am coming for you with lots of barbarians and dragons. I can’t wait to destroy your village while you beg for mercy, but you will get no mercy. I will have my revenge … You will regret the day you crossed AngryNeeson52.” Absolutely hilarious. If you haven’t seen it, look it up on YouTube.

Anyway, Clash of Clans has been dominating the mobile gaming market for at least the past year, and it’s still going strong. Yet I’m still finding people who have never heard of it. It’s an online multiplayer game developed by Supercell, and you build a community, train your troops and earn gold/elixir that is used to build your defenses, protect yourself from other players’ attacks and train/upgrade troops.

Clash of Clans is fun, but just like Candy Crush, I don’t/can’t play it too much on purpose because it’s one of those addictive games that I will get sucked into, and it turns into a time vampire. But it is loads of fun as it’s beautifully animated, with its iconic barbarians and giants. It’s free for your iOS or Android device, but as with any other app, there are a ton of in-app purchase options (microtransactions) that you can use to spice up your village.