I hope all of my American readers enjoyed a warm, restful and rewarding Thanksgiving Day. My readers are among the most important parts of my life for which I gave thanks yesterday—along with my family, friends, and colleagues. I’m also thankful that the communications profession continues to provide so many opportunities for commentary, experimentation and significant contributions to employers and clients everywhere. The holiday didn’t stop me from accumulating the usual mix of stories during the week, even if the flow of news was a bit subdued thanks to the impending celebration. As usual, you can find all the stories I curated Read More »
We had a great turnout at the Social Media Breakfast East Bay, with about 75 participants convening on a diner in Oakland to hear Robert Scoble and Shel Israel talk about the Age of Context, the theme of their excellent (and highly recommended) new book. As one of the event co-organizers, I was chuffed (as my British podcast co-host would say) at the turnout. You should check to see if there’s a Social Media Breakfast in your town! In the meantime, here’s this week’s review of stories that caught my attention during the past week. I collect the ones I might use for the Wrap (and the podcast) at LinksFromShel.tumblr.com.
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(c) Can Stock PhotoThe announcement that the Huffington Post will reject anonymous comments beginning next month has sparked debate over online anonymity. The desire to eliminate trolls from the conversation is certainly understandable. Anybody who has read comments on YouTube videos knows how anonymity can drag the discussion into the gutter. Incivility reaches new levels when there is zero accountability. Pretty much everything evil that has been done online has occurred from behind the veil of anonymity.
But I raised an eyebrow when I read Arianna Huffington declare that “Freedom of expression is given to people who stand up for Read More »
At the World Public Relations Forum 2012 in Melbourne, Australia, almost 800 public relations practitioners endorsed the Melbourne Mandate, a call to action of new areas of value for public relations and communication management. It was co-created by 1,000 people from 30 countries over the course of a year.
The interview begins with Valin and Tisch explaining what the Global Alliance is and its work.
The two men outlined the purpose and scope of the Read More »
Friday Wrap #61: Erasing history, Instagram fashion reveal, social business progress, social farmers
Image (c) CanStock PhotoYou have undoubtedly already heard about Facebook, which is suddenly a darling among investors again as its mobile advertising platform has taken off, stoking profits more in line with the market’s expectations when the company first went public. Data reveals that Facebook is beating out niche sites for local searches, and the number of mobile users in the U.S. and the U.K. jumped 20 percent last month alone. But while Facebook was basking in the limelight, other news was reported that may have slipped by unnoticed. The Friday Wrap is a rundown of some of those stories that I found particularly interesting. You Read More »
Image (c) CanstockBack in 2006, Michael De Kort was a Lockheed Martin engineer working on a Coast Guard contract when he became increasingly convinced that the work his employer was doing left the ships vulnerable to attack. According to De Kort, blind spots in the vessel’s surveillance system would expose the crew, the communications system was vulnerable to eavesdropping, and some of the equipment wouldn’t be able withstand extreme cold temperatures.
De Kort tried to get people to listen to his concerns, contacting everyone from his bosses to government investigators to congressmen. Unable to get anyone to pay attention, he finally Read More »