Friday Wrap #167: Facebook tops Google for traffic, messaging apps dominate, the desktop lives

Friday Wrap 167
Flickr photo courtesy of Koka Sexton
The Friday Wrap is my weekly collection of news stories, posts, studies, and reports designed to help organizational communicators stay current on the trends and technology that affect their jobs. These may be items that flew under the radar while other stories grabbed big headlines. As always, I collect material from which I select Wrap stories (as well as stories to report on the For Immediate Release podcast, along with stuff I just want to remember to read) on my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.

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Facebook drives more traffic to media sites than Google—For the second time Facebook… Read More »

Friday Wrap #158: News Feed changes, apps for products, useless social content, card design, & more

The Friday Wrap is my weekly collection of news stories, posts, studies, and reports designed to help organizational communicators stay current on the trends and technology that affect their jobs. These may be items that flew under the radar while other stories grabbed big headlines. I collect material from which I select Wrap stories (as well as stories to report on the For Immediate Release podcast) on my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.


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Google search results will list sites that load slowly—Users finding your site in a Google search result will no longer need to actually visit the site in order to find out it takes… Read More »

Friday Wrap #157: DMs unchained, Apple ad-blocking, VR in NFL training camp, internal comms lives

Friday Wrap #157
Wikimedia Commons photo courtesy of Andrew Dressel
The Friday Wrap is my weekly collection of news stories, posts, studies, and reports designed to help organizational communicators stay current on the trends and technology that affect their jobs. These may be items that flew under the radar while other stories grabbed big headlines. I collect material from which I select Wrap stories (as well as stories to report on the For Immediate Release podcast) on my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.

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Twitter DMs can be as long as you want—Starting next month, you’ll be able to DM your friends on Twitter with a message of any… Read More »

Friday Wrap #139: Coke suckered, Nationwide pilloried, brand content ignored, & lots of Twitter news

Friday Wrap #139
Flickr photo courtesy of Juhan Sonin

Some Super Bowl follow-up was inevitable in this week’s Wrap, along with the usual mix of news, reports, posts, and studies. As always, I bookmark everything I might consider for the Wrap—and for my podcast—on my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.

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Coca-Cola suspends automated tweet campaign after being suckered—It was a cute idea: Mark negative tweets with the hashtag #MakeItHappy, which would cue Coca-Cola to convert the negative words into ASCII images. Then Gawker found the automated system handling the conversions had made art out of the slogan of white nationalism. Gawker next… Read More »

Plague democratizes the infectious spread of information

An image shared on PlagueWhether Plague takes off or is relegated to the scrap heap of failed apps remains to be seen, but the idea is intriguing (if not downright revolutionary). At its core, Plague democratizes the process of determining what spreads through social media, and even what goes viral. The app bills itself as “an essentially different way to spread information.”

The idea is simple. You share something on the app—a video, a photo, an animated GIF, a link, your own thoughts—and it immediately “infects” the four people closest to you geographically who have downloaded and installed it. (You are automatically connected to all other Plague users as… Read More »

Friday Wrap #120: Vine for audio, hashtags gone bad, Ello goes viral, employees like badges, & more

Friday Wrap #120
Flickr photo courtesy of Peter Gordon
Welcome to the Friday Wrap, my weekly summary of stuff I’ve 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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Sobo is Vine for audio—Audio has been proliferating across the web in all kinds of interesting ways lately, even if it hasn’t attracted a lot of attention. Yammer co-founder Alan Braverman thinks there’s something going on, though, which is why he launched Sobo, a “social soundboard” (currently only for iOS), enabling… Read More »

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