Friday Wrap #228: Aetna’s crisis, killer robots, the digital native myth, voice shopping, and more

Friday Wrap #228I extract items for the Wrap from my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow. To make sure you never miss an issue, subscribe to my weekly email briefing.

The Big Stories

Aetna in crisis mode after mailing reveals customer HIV statuses—A routine mailing has Aetna doing damage control, with the plastic window on the envelope showing the patient’s name and address along with (in many cases) the fact that the patient takes HIV medications. The letter explained changes to Aetna’s plan when filling HIV prescriptions. Anybody picking up the mail would have been able to see the information. Legal groups have written outraged letters to… Read More »

Friday Wrap #227: Charlottesville and tech, the state of work, Facebook’s influencer grab, and more

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The Big Stories

Facebook shuts down anonymous employee discussion group—During my consulting gig with the Asian Development Bank in Manila this week, the issue of anonymous employee contributions came up. It’s a topic I’ve been discussing for at least a decade. In general, I’m not a fan of anonymity on intranets. If Tom reads something brilliant Mary wrote and wants to make a connection, he’s out of luck if Mary shared her post anonymously. There are times, though, when… Read More »

Friday Wrap #226:  Twitter “rooms,” a BBC font, a Google Snapchat clone, a podcast ruling, and more

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The Big Stories

Instagram tests letting friends join your live video—You may not have to livestream by yourself on Instagram much longer. The company is testing a feature that will let you invite friends to join your Instagram Live broadcast. When someone accepts your invitation, the screen will split in two to display both participants. Viewers will still be able to like and comment. When the session ends, you can share it as an Instagram Story or dump it. The feature will roll… Read More »

(Abbreviated) Friday Wrap #223: Amazon vs. the world, gender stereotyping standards, doing AMAs well

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Data Journalism for Communicators

Data journalism is more than just a trend in the publishing world. Its momentum is crazy big with media outlets investing more and more into the practice of telling stories with numbers. The PR world has not caught on. There is potential in pitching data stories as well as producing our own data journalism to elevate our content marketing efforts. I’ll get you up to speed on data journalism in my July 27 webinar. Register

By the way, I recorded a… Read More »

Friday Wrap #222: Social media diversfiies the news you see, astroturfing Reddit, online harassment

Friday Wrap #222I extract items for the Wrap from my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow. To make sure you never miss an issue, subscribe to my weekly email briefing.

Data Journalism for Communications: Upcoming Webinar

Data journalism is more than just a trend in the publishing world. Its momentum is crazy big with media outlets investing more and more into the practice of telling stories with numbers. The PR world has not caught on. There is potential in pitching data stories as well as producing our own data journalism to elevate our content marketing efforts. I’ll get you up to speed on data journalism in my July 27 webinar. Register

The… Read More »

Friday Wrap #221: WSJ shutters blogs, Photobucket accused of blackmail, doctors adopt Snapchat

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The Big Stories

Wall Street Journal closes eight blogs—The Law Blog (one of the Journal’s oldest blogs), China Real Time, Speakeasy, and five other blogs have been shuttered because, according to one of the bloggers, the tools for telling stories have changed. Josh Chin, who wrote the China Real Time blog, said, “We plan to transfer the same energy and insight that animated the blog to covering China on WSJ’s other platforms.” The demise of these blogs is part of the WSJ 2020… Read More »

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