Friday Wrap #244: Spammy posts, podcast metrics, fake news/hate speech solutions, Snapchat and teens

Friday Wrap #244The Wrap will take a holiday break, returning on January 5. I will continue to maintain my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow. To make sure you never miss an issue, subscribe to my weekly email briefing.

News

Facebook inks deal with Universal Music Group—Facebook users will be able to upload videos that include music from Universal Music Group’s vast library across Facebook, Instagram, and Oculus as a result of a deal the companies have signed. That’ll put Facebook on somewhat equal footing with YouTube, which with has signed similar deals with Universal and Sony. Takeaway: Quite a difference from the days of Napster when the… Read More »

Friday Wrap #229: Hurricane coverage, YouTube’s makeover, WhatsApp’s business designs, and more

Friday Wrap #229I 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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The Society for New Communication Research (SNCR)—part of The Conference Board and of which I am a Founding Fellow—has undertaken an initiative to determine how people in the communication industry can help tackle the increasingly significant problem of fake news. (I’m part of the task force.) One of our early efforts is to get a handle on the intersection of fake news and communication through a survey. If you’re a communicator with responsibility for managing… Read More »

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

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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 »

Friday Wrap #203: PRSA blasts “alternative facts,” Samsung sets a new crisis standard, audio surges

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PRSA officially slams “alternative facts”—Good for PRSA (of which I am a member) for its official statement rebuking the White House for making false statements and labeling them “alternative facts.” The Public Relations Society of America issued a statement arguing that the behavior reflects badly on all communication professionals. President Jane Dvorak wrote, “PRSA strongly objects to any effort to deliberately misrepresent information. Honest, ethical professionals never… Read More »

Friday Wrap #199: Echo witnesses a murder, Russia protests via meme, brands prep for Trump attacks

Friday Wrap #199This is traditionally a slow news week, so it’s a shorter-than-usual Wrap this week (and likely next week, as well, unless CES delivers some surprises). 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.

Webinar Alert

No, engagement isn’t dead—I have been surprised to see so many articles proclaiming the death of employee engagement. The data they cite is fine; the conclusions they draw are absurd. While employees may not seek engagement, they do crave the things that engage them. And while too many surveys are more focused on… Read More »

Friday Wrap #197: Anonymous worker discussions, NASA GIFs, print’s viability, executive news habits

Friday Wrap #197I 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.

News

Write online reviews with no fear of lawsuits—U.S. President Barack Obama has signed the Consumer Review Fairness Act, which protects consumers who write negative reviews on Yelp, TripAdvisor, and other review sites. The bill also bans non-disparagement clauses in contracts that require consumers to agree not to write bad reviews before they can avail themselves of the business’s services. The takeaway: Businesses getting bad reviews will now actually have to make… Read More »

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