Fastlane followup: Did he or didn’t he?

Debbie Weil thinks General Motors Vice Chair Bob Lutz “is veering pretty darn close” to discussing the GM earnings drop in his latest post to the Fastlane blog. The post, titled “Zeta Not the End of RWD Performance,” acknowledges a “reshuffling” of the GM product line. Lutz writes, “Yes, we have canceled our plans to build rear-wheel-drive vehicles off the Zeta architecture. But that does not mean we’ve canceled plans to build rear-drive vehicles altogether.” Further, he says the decision had nothing to do with cost reduction, but was instead a resource allocation designed “to pull some other programs ahead and get other vehicles to… Read More »

Two words for whiners: “Common Usage”

Over the last two days, I’ve read probably a dozen posts on various blogs that complain about the words “blog” and “blogosphere.” Most of these turn their noses up, offering such disclaimers as “I refuse to use that stupid word ‘blogosphere.’”

Oh, please. Give it up. Blog, blogosphere, podcasting…they’ve all reached the plateau of common usage. This is what these things are called and all the whining and bitching in the world won’t change it. There are plenty of words commonly used to describe or define things that are stupid when you think about them. (I particularly dislike the use of the word “page” to describe what you see on the… Read More »

Activist aggregator: low-cost, fast, and effective

There’s no way in hell I’ll use this blog to express my personal views on the Terri Schiavo case. This blog is about PR and communications. Which is why I’m taking a deep breath and pointing you to a “Save Schiavo” Web hub.

The site, from, simply lists bloggers who are writing in support of saving the Florida woman at the center of legal and political wrangling over her life. According to Jan Frel...

It’s also very low-tech, low-cost, seemingly automated, and it gives offering to a gigantic nexus of like-minded bloggers. What’s missing from it of course is the actionability… there’s no shared discussion about what steps…

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Dramatic increases of RSS expected

Okay, so readers of Slashdot aren’t necessarily representative of the average Net user. These are the technologically advanced, the earliest of the early adopters, people who eat and sleep technology. Still, if this group sees dramatic growth of a technology just over the horizon, it’s a safe bet that there’s only a short step to the adoption of that technology by others.

A survey of people who subscribe to the Slashdot RSS feed, covered in a press release, suggests that RSS is poised to explode. Seventy-three percent of the survey respondents said they would increase their use of RSS in the next year. That increase is a result of the… Read More »

The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #17: March 21, 2005

Content summary: Listeners’ comments: on suggestions for how to comment, video and vlogging trends, differences between internal blogs and bulletin boards; interview - an open conversation with Steve Rubel; discussion about the interview; planned changes in show format for future interviews.

Show notes for March 21, 2005

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Welcome to For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, a 67-minute conversation recorded live from Concord, California, USA, and Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Download the file here (MP3, 30.8MB), or sign up for the RSS feed to get it and future shows automatically. (For automatic synchronization with your iPod… Read More »

Fastlane’s not the forum for GM’s bad news

In his “Strategic Public Relations” blog, Kevin Dugan wonders if GM will address its recent surprising forecast and related fallout in its blogs. I hope not.

In case you missed it, GM announced it would lose money in the next quarter and that the company would lay off workers. Says Dugan:

Anyone that has visited the company’s Smallblock Engine and Fastlane blogs knows they do not lend themselves to discussing ???job actions.??? But blogs are a dialogue and readers may steer the conversation to this news.

In his outstanding analysis of what distinguishes blogs from message boards, “CommonCraft” blogger Lee LeFever makes this… Read More »

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