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 #134: Snapchat deceived, Palm’s return, email’s dominance, McDonald’s beacons, and more

Friday Wrap 789
Flickr photo courtesy of Jeff Golden
I hope your New Year’s celebrations were fun and safe. Now it’s time to get on with the promise of the new year by keeping up with the latest developments, news, research, and ideas culled from around the web, notably those items that didn’t get a lot of attention. I select the items from my link blog, where I collect whatever strikes me as interesting; the link blog—which you’re welcome to follow—is also the source for stories I cover on my podcast. As you might expect, it has been a slow week, but there were still some interesting reports.

News

Snapchat deceived customers, FTC says—The U.S.… Read More »

Is “above the fold” design dead?

A newspaper in a rack displaying only the content above the foldConventional wisdom among designers led to most early websites contained in a horizontal rectangle that required no scrolling. Employing an old newspaper concept, designers resisted putting any content “below the fold,” or beyond the bottom of the visible browser window, since readers didn’t scroll. If you wanted your content to be seen, it needed to be above the fold.

There is a growing consensus that those days are over. The once-valid reasons for keeping content on a single screen and using hyperlinks to reveal deeper layers of content are no longer much of a concern.

There are still below-the-fold issues to keep in mind. Web… Read More »

Plague democratizes the infectious spread of information

An image shared on PlagueWhether Plague takes off or is relegated to the scrap heap of failed apps remains to be seen, but the idea is intriguing (if not downright revolutionary). At its core, Plague democratizes the process of determining what spreads through social media, and even what goes viral. The app bills itself as “an essentially different way to spread information.”

The idea is simple. You share something on the app—a video, a photo, an animated GIF, a link, your own thoughts—and it immediately “infects” the four people closest to you geographically who have downloaded and installed it. (You are automatically connected to all other Plague users as… 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 »

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