Posted on November 3, 2004 10:04 am by Shel Holtz
Neville Hobson reports that Ellen Simonetti has been fired for real this time by her employer, Delta Air Lines. Delta has claimed that their issue with Simonetti—who goes by “Queen of the Sky” on her personal blog—was that she posed for a photo in her uniform, which violated a company policy, and not because she blogged about work. Nevill’s post notes that Simonetti plans legal action against Delta. Her blog currently includes the following note:
IF YOU ARE A MEMBER OF THE PRESS, PLEASE EMAIL ME AT QUEENOFSKY @ GMAIL.COM AND I WILL FORWARD YOU MY PR FIRM’S CONTACT INFO.
Posted on November 3, 2004 9:37 am by Shel Holtz
I just spent $25 for an i-name. It’s mine for 50 years. It might end up being worthless, but there’s promise to this concept. It could end up becoming a standard if the word spreads.
I learned about i-names from Mike Vincenty, a friend, colleague, co-author, and IT guy. Identity Commons is the group behind i-names. According to their site, Identity Commons “seeks to foster trusted electronic communications by creating the technological and social framework for an open global trust network. We are a creating a member-owned international federation that empowers individuals and organizations to own, control and share their online
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Posted on November 2, 2004 5:34 pm by Shel Holtz
Is this work-related or non-work-related surfing? According to a Harris Interactive study, conducted with meta search engine Dogpile, 23% of American adults have used the Net to search for information about co-workers, customers and other employees. That’s a significant number, right up there with all other popular online activities except general use of a search engine and use of e-mail, both of which are in the 90% range.
The primary motivation behind such searches: curiosity. Searches are also conducted to get information about a job candidate, find an address or phone number, prepare for a job interview, or check out a rumor.
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Posted on November 2, 2004 5:29 pm by Shel Holtz
There was speculation this morning from CBS Marketwatch’s Frank Barnako that bloggers could start leaking exit poll results before polls closed. Whether these leaks have had an impact on the election is an open question, but they have had an effect on the financial markets. According to Reuters, blogs speculating that John Kerry was leading in key swing states sent the Dow Jones industrial average down more than 40 points.
The article quotes Lisa Hansen, head trader at Transamerica Investment: “Apparently the blogs are saying that Kerry is ahead in one or two of the swing states and that’s why the market dipped.” Markets tend to favor
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Posted on November 2, 2004 10:26 am by Shel Holtz
CBS Marketwatch ‘s Frank Barnako warns that bloggers could leak exit poll results well ahead of major news organizations. “With inside sources and a willingness to pass along rumors, Webloggers are likely to be where confidential information from about polling, lawsuits and vote counts appear first.”
Barnako’s piece features the transcript of an interview with Blogads founder Henry Copeland, who notes that bloggers will be likely to leak information:
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Very likely if it’s from Fox, it’s going to go to Drudge because he can drive a lot of traffic their way. And it may in fact be an intentional leak for that reason. A lot of the media
Posted on November 2, 2004 9:12 am by Shel Holtz
Mike Manuel offers a nice post on the uptake of wikis by PR firms. If you’re not a PRWeek subscriber (I’m not), you won’t be able to read the item Mike links to, but he does include some of the scenarios in which a wiki might have helped. A sampling:
- A press release went out with an error because the deadline was approaching and a change wasn’t implemented
- You often have projects that require the constant feedback of multiple users in different countries
There’s more in Mike’s post.
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