Friday Wrap #241: A new form of protest, the future of media, Alexa for the office, and more

Friday Wrap #241The Wrap was delayed again this week as I settle into my full-time job. Thanks for your patience. I extract items for the Wrap from my link blog, which you’’re welcome to follow. To make sure you never miss an issue, subscribe to my weekly email briefing.

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It’s YouTube’s turn to introduce Stories—Whether Snapchat stands or falls, it should be remembered for launching the Stories trend. YouTube is the latest to adopt the wildly popular feature with “Reels,” currently undergoing a test, is “YouTube’s spin on the popular ‘stories’ format, but designed specifically for YouTube creators,” according to a senior product manager.… Read More »

Friday Wrap #239: Big Brother Really Is Watching

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Twitter doubles character count—Twitter has officially expanded the character count for a tweet to 280 characters. Most of those testing the new limit in late September didn’t generally take advantage of the longer count, leading some to believe that most tweets will remain short; only 1% of tweets created by the test group reached the 280-character limit, while 9% of the control group—still using the 140-character limit—reached the cap. Still, as you’ll see below, some… Read More »

Friday Wrap #235: Adieu, AIM; Dove and Zuck are both sorry; swipe to vote your proxy, and more

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AOL is shutting down Instant Messenger—Two decades ago, it revolutionized online communication: You could actually chat with someone else without using email. Twenty years later, AOL is permanently closing AOL Instant Messenger (AIM). The takeaway: The mourning of AIM’s passing is mostly nostalgic, but you have to wonder why AOL didn’t evolve the tool as it became clear that messaging would come to dominate mobile communication. It could have been Messenger or Snapchat if… Read More »

Friday Wrap #230: Equifax’s crisis, Bell Pottinger’s ethics, Google’s “how-to” site, and more

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The Big Stories

Equifax is the latest company to botch its crisis communication—Equifax learned a month ago that 143 million customers may have been compromised by a breach of its network, including Social Security numbers, mother’s maiden names, and other highly sensitive information. The company tweeted yesterday that it took action immediately despite the fact that it has known for a month and has done little to assuage customer anxiety over the breach, limiting its… Read More »

Friday Wrap #227: Charlottesville and tech, the state of work, Facebook’s influencer grab, and more

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The Big Stories

Facebook shuts down anonymous employee discussion group—During my consulting gig with the Asian Development Bank in Manila this week, the issue of anonymous employee contributions came up. It’s a topic I’ve been discussing for at least a decade. In general, I’m not a fan of anonymity on intranets. If Tom reads something brilliant Mary wrote and wants to make a connection, he’s out of luck if Mary shared her post anonymously. There are times, though, when… Read More »

Friday Wrap #214: Alexa sees, United scrambles, influencers clean up, apps add AR, and more

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News

It’s looking worse for Twitter—Twitter’s user base grew in the last quarter, but revenue fell while the company was outbid for Thursday Night Football live-streaming by Amazon. The takeaway: Twitter is an important conduit for news and information, but without any light at the end of its revenue tunnel, its prospects are bleak. If something doesn’t change in a hurry, I would expect Twitter to be acquired. Read more

Can 24/7 live-streaming save Twitter?—Twitter plans to air… Read More »

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