Friday Wrap #153: Policy problems, Instant Articles, VR in retail, and video, video, video

A special note on this week’s wrap photo. That adorable newborn wrapped up in a hospital blanket? That’s my granddaughter, Madeleine Ann Holtz, born yesterday. Now, on to business: The Friday Wrap is a review of news, posts, reports, and other items appearing in the last week that will help you stay on top of the forces shaping communication in this fast-paced, ever-changing environment. These are stories that may have been lost in the flood of headline news stories. I collect all of the items from which I choose the Wrap stories in my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.

News

You know that social media policy you rolled out?… Read More »

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 #132: LinkedIn simplifies home page, mobile changes everything, computers rule video

A wrapped-up building (Friday Wrap #132)
My web developer, Kurt Deutscher, shot this image of a wrapped-up
building on a rainy winter day in Portland, Oregon.
Mobile dominates this installment of the Friday Wrap, my weekly review of news, reports, studies, and posts from the last week that may not have grabbed the big headlines (like the Sony hack), but still have implications for those of us working in the communications/PR/marketing world. I curate the Wrap from a the items I collect during the week on my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.

News

Skype releases real-time translator preview—Microsoft’s Skype now allows you to have a instant-messaging conversation in… Read More »

Friday Wrap #125: The Special Thursday Edition

Happy Halloween from The Friday Wrap!Warm greetings from London! My travel schedule made it impossible to produce the Friday Wrap on Friday, and for a while, I considered just skipping an edition. But there are so many interesting items to share, I opted instead to post a special Thursday edition of the Friday Wrap. (If the NFL could have special Thursday Night Edition of Monday Night Football, why can’t I publish my Friday newsletter on a Thursday?) As always, I’ve bookmarked all the various items I found intriguing on my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.

News

HTML 5 is a done deal—It has taken eight years, but the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has wrapped up… Read More »

Friday Wrap #119: PR Wikipedia guide, bloggers as journalists, TwitPic lives, interactive packaging


Flickr image—“Wrapped Up Dinosaurs”—courtesy of Matt Brown
Welcome to the Friday Wrap, my weekly summary of stuff I’ve found in the last seven days that didn’t grab the big headlines but is still important, interesting, and/or worthwhile for communicators and marketers…and this week ranks up there among the most interesting collections of stories since I started the wrap. I collect these on my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.

News

IPR releases Professional’s Ultimate Guide to Wikipedia—William Beutler has been one of the key thought leaders when it comes to ethical PR engagement with Wikipedia. His company, Buetler Ink,… Read More »

Friday Wrap #116: Bye-bye Authorship, who owns your Likes?, Hyperlapse marketing, and more


Flickr image courtesy of jodimichelle
Greetings from Sao Paulo, Brazil. I’m here teaching a three-day course on social and digital media to a group of senior communications executives. It’s part of a year-long program from Aberje, the national communications association, and Syracuse University. But I couldn’t let a week go by without regaling you with this week’s highlights. As always, I’ve drawn on the items I’ve saved to my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow; it’s also the source of the stories I cover on my podcast.

News

Google suddenly kills of Authorship—Once highly touted as a way to connect search results contents with… Read More »

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