Friday Wrap #128: Webcams hacked, pay via Snapchat, Pinterest mans up, confidence trumps reputation

Friday Wrap for 11-21-14Welcome to the Friday Wrap, my weekly summary of stuff I have found in the last seven days that didn’t grab the big headlines but is still important, interesting, and/or worthwhile for communicators and marketers. I collect these on my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.

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Your private webcam isn’t so private—Leveraging a vulnerability in private webcams—the fact that a lot of people don’t reset the default password—a Russian website is streaming the video from thousands of such cameras from around the world. A lot of the cameras affected are functioning inside homes and businesses. While security is the main reason many… Read More »

Friday Wrap #126: Facebook bans like-gating, Disqus adds sponsored comments, public WiFi explodes

Shrink-wrapped Atlantis space shuttle
Flickr photo of shrink-wrapped space shuttle Atlantis courtesy of Robert Neff
Welcome to the Friday Wrap, my weekly summary of stuff I have found in the last seven days that didn’t grab the big headlines but is still important, interesting, and/or worthwhile for communicators and marketers. I collect these on my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.



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No more “like our page” campaigns for Facebook—One reason the total number of Facebook page-likes you’re earned is a terrible metric is that a lot of people who liked your page may well have done so in exchange for a coupon, not out of a sense of genuine affinity. That won’t be a… Read More »

Friday Wrap #123: Google link removal report, CTRs wrong for mobile, young affluents like native ads

Friday Wrap #123
Flickr photo by Duncan Holmes
Welcome to the Friday Wrap, my weekly summary of stuff I have found in the last seven days that didn’t grab the big headlines but is still important, interesting, and/or worthwhile for communicators and marketers. I collect these on my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.

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Google provides details on “right to be forgotten” requests—Google has received requests to remove half a million links under the European “right to be forgotten” ruling. To date, Google has complied with nearly 42% of those requests. Most of the requests have come from France, followed by Germany, the UK, Spain, and Italy.… Read More »

Friday Wrap #122: Dove tries Snapchat, the PC lives, Reddit ends remote work, and more

Horse Well Wrapped
Flickr image courtesy of Tim Green
Welcome to the Friday Wrap, my weekly summary of stuff I have found in the last seven days that didn’t grab the big headlines but is still important, interesting, and/or worthwhile for communicators and marketers. I collect these on my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.

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Privacy advocates will hate Sensiya—A new tool, Sensiya, will tap smartphone sensors to let marketers know whether the user is walking, running, or sitting down, enabling the delivery of just the right kind of message. In addition, according to the company’s CEO, “we’re able to conclude who you probably are, the apps… Read More »

Friday Wrap #121: Protesters and social media, Microsoft’s Sway content service, selfies as ads

Friday Wrap 121
Flickr photo by Michael Coghlan
Welcome to the Friday Wrap, my weekly summary of stuff I have found in the last seven days that didn’t grab the big headlines but is still important, interesting, and/or worthwhile for communicators and marketers. I collect these on my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.

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Social media front and center in Hong Kong protests—China’s leaders weren’t worried about much of the 2003 Hong Kong protests spilling into international media coverage, but social media has changed the game during the current demonstrations. The rate of government-imposed censorship on Weibo is reportedly double that of… Read More »

You say I’m the product of services I don’t pay for? I’m fine with that.

Ello, the new social network attracting a lot of users, proclaims that on Facebook and other social networks, “You’re the product that’s being bought and sold.” In fact, co-founder Paul Budnitz told Mashable he doesn’t even think Facebook is a social network, since on Facebook, “The advertisers are the customer and the user is the product that’s being bought and sold.”

This is a familiar mantra. Google reports more than 48 million results for a search on “Facebook” and “You are the product.” Among the results is a 2011 Wired piece that quotes media theorist and author Douglas Rushkoff: “Ask a kid what Facebook is for and they’ll answer… Read More »

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