Friday Wrap #246: Tinder vs LinkedIn, grim Snapchat outlook, audio trends, Kodak’s blockchain play

Friday Wrap #246I choose the items to appear in the Wrap from those I have curated into 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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Facebook News Feed will focus even more on friends and family—Like it’s not hard enough getting your company’s posts to appear in a Facebook user’s News Feed, the company is introducing “sweeping changes” to what its members see, prioritizing posts and comments from friends and families “while de-emphasizing content from publishers and brands.” Takeaway: Later in this update, you’ll read that Facebook is the overwhelming preference for… 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 #236: Ethics call to action, new Twitter rules, CEOs going social, voice vs. paid search

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Richard Edelman calls for industrywide ethics principles—In the wake of the Bell Pottinger scandal in the UK, Edelman CEO Richard Edelman “called for the PR industry to adopt a new set of ethics principles superseding those of trade associations.” Edelman called out the Arthur W. Page Society, PRSA, and IABC, whose codes of ethics “do not safeguard ethical behavior” and “can’t prevent what happens in the soft underbelly” of PR. The four principles to which the entire industry… 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 #232: A second life for QR codes, smart jerseys, voice-controlled news, and more

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A quick note

So I got a note from a colleague and reader who asked why I dropped “The Takeaway” from this weekly update. I explained that I was putting the stories about which I had a point of view in the top section, “The Big Stories.” Not good enough, he said; “The Takeaway” was what differentiated this bulletin from all the other curated wrap-ups. So I’m going back to it while adding short items that are worth sharing without a takeaway. As always, I’m deeply grateful for your… Read More »

The promise of social media runs headlong into viral disaster hoaxes

This image of a shark swimming on a flooded Houston freeway is fakeOne of the first things I read this morning was a Facebook post from Peter Shankman. Peter shared three days’ worth of posts—September 11-13, 2001—from a mailing list on which he was active, hosted by the World Wide Web Artist’s Consortium. As Peter tells it, “The early morning hours of the list centered around the mundane, but quickly became hyperfocused on one obvious news story. As someone who was on a plane that day, I got my first bits of information from the list, transmitting back whenever I could, as well.”

I spent a fair amount of time reading the posts. The footage news organizations share of that terrible day doesn’t capture… Read More »

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