Please stop telling me to quit Facebook

99 Days of FreedomA Dutch nonprofit, Just B.V., is behind the latest effort to get people to stop using Facebook. The campaign, “99 Days of Freedom,” was inspired by the recent Facebook A/B test that suppressed some posts to see if a more upbeat or downbeat News Feed prompted users to post more positive or negative updates of their own.

The campaign wants you to commit to dumping Facebook for 99 days, long enough to determine whether your emotions undergo any kind of metamorphosis from not using the social network. The campaign website is host to an image you can use to replace your profile picture; there’s also a personalized countdown you can share… Read More »

Friday Wrap #109: Yo gets serious, internal social media suffers, 3-screen advertising, and more

Friday Wrap #109
Flickr photo courtesy of Matt Reinbold
The Friday Wrap (which is what you’re reading) is a curated rundown of news, reports and posts from the past week that, while they didn’t go viral or attract much attention, are still interesting and useful for communications professionals. I select Wrap items from my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.

News

FTC may scrutinize Facebook experiment—The Facebook’s A/B test to determine if suppressing positive or negative posts leads users to post more positive or negative updates of their own may be reviewed by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, based on a request by Senator Mark Warner… Read More »

Friday Wrap #108: Google forgets, a new Vine metric, broker tweets, RIP Orkut, writing bots, & more

Fourth of July Friday Wrap
Flickr image courtesy of Epic Fireworks
To all my fellow Americans, a very happy Fourth of July. To all my friends and colleagues from around the world, happy Friday! The Friday Wrap (which is what you’re reading) is a curated rundown of news, reports and posts from the past week that, while they didn’t go viral or attract much attention, are still interesting and useful for communications professionals. I select Wrap items from my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.


News

Consequences of “right to be forgotten” start to emerge—The European Court ruled on May 13 that Google must honor requests from Europeans who want links to… Read More »

Facebook ran an A/B test. Get out the torches and pitchforks!

The Pitchfork and Torches Crowd Comes After Facebook Again

One of the things the Internet is best at is righteous indignation. The crowd can take up its pitchforks and torches in a heartbeat. Virtual lynchings are becoming the norm and, just as when lynchings happened IRL, they often target innocent victims. The media, quick to jump on a meme gaining velocity, spreads the stories with equal disregard for critical thinking or fact checking.

Consider fast-food chain KFC, vilified and pilloried when the crowd became outraged—outraged, I tell you—that an employee in a Mississippi restaurant asked the grandmother of a young girl disfigured in a pit bull attack to leave because her appearance was… Read More »

Friday Wrap #107: Farewell to blog ranking system, teens return to Facebook, there’s more to Yo

Firday Wrap image courtesy of SNappa2006
Flickr image courtesy of SNappa2006
The Friday Wrap is a curated rundown of news, reports and posts from the past week that, while they didn’t go viral or attract much attention, are still interesting and useful for communications professionals. I select Wrap items from my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.

News

Technorati kills its blog ranking system—Technorati was once the go-to resource for searching the blogosphere—including posts with specific tags—as well as identifying the most influential bloggers. Over the last several years there has been fewer and fewer references to Technorati, and last month, with virtually no… Read More »

Friday Wrap #106: New rules for paid Wikipedia editors and pharmas, Twitter GIFs, social sentiment

A gift-wrapped Second Life store
Second Life image courtesy of Torley
The Friday Wrap is a curated rundown of news, reports and posts from the past week that, while they didn’t go viral or attract much attention, are still interesting and useful for communications professionals. I select Wrap items from my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.

News

Wikipedia tightens rules against undisclosed editing—In the wake of the multi-agency statement committing PR agencies to playing by Wikipedia’s rules, the online collaborative encyclopedia has changed its terms of use to require disclosure from anyone paid to edit articles. Wikimedia’s top communicator explained,… Read More »

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