Friday Wrap #69: Net non-users, trusted advertising, Instagram adoption, article Pins, and more

Friday (Bacon) Wrap

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I’m faced with another embarrassment of riches when it comes to stories, studies and reports published this week. As always, the Friday Wrap is made up of items that may have escaped your notice but are worthy of your attention. I collect the items I consider for the Wrap, the podcast, blog posts and other content at my link blog, (Am I the only person who still has a link blog?)

15% of American adults don’t use the Internet

Roughly one out of every seven American adults over 18 don’t use the Internet or email, according to The Pew Internet and American Life Project. Among them, 34% say… Read More »

Friday Wrap #67: digital rises, Google enables embeds, Cole Instagrams a response, Storify acquired

Friday Wrap #67The big stories this week centered on twitter’s IPO, announced (of course) in a tweet, and tasteless brand tributes on the solemn anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. (If you haven’t seen AT&T’s tweet or the sign in the Marriott lobby, did you just awaken from a coma?) In the Friday Wrap, I try to report on smaller stories of great interest to communicators that might have slipped by unnoticed. You are most welcome to visit my link blog,, where I collect the stories from which I choose items for the Wrap. The link blog also serves as the source of stories for my podcast, For Immediate Release.

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Friday Wrap #64: Upbeat stories get better engagement, Google+ goes internal, bye-bye Tag, and more

Friday Wrap #64
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Social media was front and center in the news this week. Facebook announced it was leading an initiative to bring the Internet to the two-thirds of the world that doesn’t have access, while the Huffington Post made waves by announcing it would no longer permit the posting of anonymous comments. In the midst of these stories, other announcements and posts may have slipped by unnoticed. These are the ones I found most intriguing, although you can see all the stories I collected on my link blog,

Upbeat stories get more traction

Consuming the news used to be a depressing affair. “Don’t they… Read More »

Friday Wrap #63: Crisis fail, WeChat surge, mobile news snacking, preference for keyboards, and more

Friday Wrap #63

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During the week The New York Times went down and The Washington Post was hacked, one is left to wonder whether these online news services might have been well served with an unhackable analog backup. Maybe a print version? All kidding aside, the Times simply shifted its news publication to Facebook, using the Facebook Notes tool to keep readers informed, mainly about the turmoil in Egypt, until the official site came back online. There was, of course, other news during the week. The stories I found most interesting—and which were easily missed—make up this week’s Wrap. By the way, there won’t be a Wrap next week.… Read More »

Friday Wrap #61: Erasing history, Instagram fashion reveal, social business progress, social farmers

Friday Wrap #61
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You 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 »

Friday Wrap #51: Likes as speech, brands shrug off Google+, native ad results, new roles for ebooks

Friday Wrap #51

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This week’s Wrap comes to you from Amsterdam, where I presented a session on crisis communications in the social media era at Ragan Communications’ PR/Social Media Summit. Fortunately, both the hotel room and the conference venue—ING House—have great WiFi. That matters, as you’ll see in one of today’s items, which I culled from my link blog at

Should your boss be able to fire you for who you like?

Danny Carter worked suggestion that such communication has less than full constitutional protection would result in chilling the very valued means for communication the Internet has made… Read More »

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