Friday Wrap #140: News on Snapchat, Facebook immortality, Google’s healthcare move, life for print

Friday Wrap 140
Flickr photo of a wrapping machine at work
courtesy of of Rachel Tayse
I’m drafting today’s Wrap from a hotel room in Santa Fe, where I presented the second of a two-day workshop on polishing web writing with the great writing coach/consultant/trainer, Ann Wylie. As always, the Wrap is a rundown of news, posts, articles, and research that’s useful for communicators to know but that not have been widely shared. I collect items of interest from which I choose the pieces to include in the Wrap on my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.

News

Snapchat Discover the latest big thing in news—There wasn’t a lot of praise for Discover when… 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.

News

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 »

Friday Wrap #138: FCC warns hotels, Snapchat delivers news, the Uber model proliferates, and more

Friday Wrap #138
Flickr photo courtesy of MartialArtsNomad.com
It was another big week for news, reports, posts, and updates of interest to communicators. There’s even more in my link blog, where I collect everything I might consider using for the Wrap—as well as my podcast. You’re welcome to follow it.

News

FCC warns hotels never to try blocking guest WiFi—After Marriott withdrew its petition for permission to block guest WiFi, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission issued a stern warning to Marriott and other hotels that blocking WiFi is contrary to the basic principle that nobody can interfere with authorized radio communications, including… Read More »

Friday Wrap #137: New Trust Barometer, reducing hoaxes, bad words, an anonymous app for employees

Venice wrappedf up in 2011
Flickr photo of Venice wrapped up in 2011 courtesyt of Kristina D.C. Hoeppner
Greetings from 39,000 feet. I have a jam-packed day Friday, so I’m taking advantage of in-flight WiFi to crank out this week’s Wrap. As always the Wrap is a summary of the last week’s news, posts, and other good stuff that has crossed my feeds that may not have gotten a lot of attention but is still useful for communicators to know. Feel free to follow my link blog, where I collect the content from which I select items for the Wrap (and for my podcast).

News

Edelman releases 2015 Trust Barometer—Upholding an annual tradition at the Davos economic forum,… Read More »

Friday Wrap #136: Marriott backs down, Nissan blows an AMA, Time Inc. curates, PR beats lobbying

Friday Wrap #136
Flickr photo courtesy of Wetsun
The new year is heating up, as evidenced by a record number of items in today’s Wrap. There’s even more in my link blog, where I collect all the items from the past week I think would be useful or interesting for communication professionals; you’re welcome to follow it.

News

Marriott backs down—Marriott International has withdrawn its petition to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requesting permission to block personal WiFi devices guests bring to its hotels. The company is attributing its change of heart to pressure from the public and the press. “Marriott International listens to its… Read More »

Friday Wrap #135: Ethics-challenged PR, 360-degree videos, tracking “Dark Social,” Zuck goes Oprah

Friday Wrap 135
Flickr photo of Cristo art at the Reichstag in Berlin in 1995
courtesy of Zug55
The Friday Wrap is my weekly review of news items, blog posts, reports, and studies from the last week that could be useful to communicators but weren’t the stories that got the big headlines. I collect items from which I draw the Friday Wrap’s selections in my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.

News

TV anchor suspended over PR activities—Another case of challenged ethics has emerged with the suspension of Global Television news anchor Leslie Roberts. A Toronto Star investigation found that Roberts secretly has been a part owner of a small PR firm,… Read More »

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