The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #27: April 25, 2005

Content summary: Listeners’ comments (on character blogs, recording with an ipod, our mention in the New Scientists article on Skype, FeedDemon, our review of Yahoo 360 and employer monitoring of employee e-mail and online activity); Les Blogs update; Business Week’s cover story, “Blogs Will Change Your Business,” communication strategic planning, executive voice in a CEO blog, Wendy’s PR efforts in the wake of a customer finding a finger in a cup of Wendy’s chili, a client’s perspective on PR, the difference between marketing and PR.

Show notes for April 25, 2005

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Community journalism may be harder than online knowledge sharing

Wired has an interesting piece today about the problems Wikinews is experiencing that its parent, Wikipedia, never had to deal with:

“In Wikipedia, the writing style of an encyclopedia is more timeless. You can get it right eventually. It’s going to be the same article for many years,” said Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia’s founder. “With a news story, the actual story has a limited lifespan. If it’s not neutral, you’ve got to fix it quickly.”

Community journalism may be a tougher nut to crack than simple online knowledge sharing. Read the whole story here.

It’s the people, stupid: Part 3

Here we go again. Will nobody stop these idiots?

An article in the Maryland Business Gazette succumbs without challenge to the same stastical nonsense that is cited by hundreds of other publications and which has led thousands of businesses to embark on engagement-killing programs of monitoring employees’ online activities. Are these business writers hypnotized by numbers? Do they never question what they’re told? Here’s the drivel coming out of the Gazette:

According to a recent Gallup Organization report, the average employee uses office computers for nonwork activity about 75 minutes per day. At an average wage of $20 per hour, that…

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The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #26: April 21, 2005

Content summary: Listeners’ comments (on not knowing what to think about blogs; recording on an iPod; on enjoying open source marketing interview; more on character blogs; screencasting and Camtasia; on IBM intranets and good publicity; suggestions for transcribing interviews; syndicating RSS content; from our Australia correspondent); report on the Blognomics conference; don’t dismiss press releases; restrictions on employee bloggers during an acquisition; internal communication measurement; update on re-publishing blog posts.

Show notes for April 21, 2005

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On the road again

I should have noted yesterday that I’m on the road, back to Chicago yet again. On a personal note, this is a trip with a double purpose. In addition to doing the keynote at a healthcare company’s communications conference, I met my son here. Ben has been in the US Army—the 101st Airborne—for the last three years (including a year in Iraq). He officially gets out of the Army on May 27, but had enough leave built up that he’s spending the time between now and then at home. He flew from Nashville to Chicago, and we spent the evening with Steve Crescenzo (employee communications consultant, speaker, and blogger extraordinaire) and his… Read More »

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