FIR Podcast #84: The O’Reilly (Social Media) Factor

For Immediate Release

Cross-posted from the FIR Podcast Network

Neville Hobson returns for the first episode of The Hobson & Holtz Report in 18 months. Today’s topics include…

  • Whether social media will be a factor in the snap election called for by UK Prime Minister Theresa May (as well as its role in the French election)
  • Social media evidently had a larger-than-apparent impact on advertisers that pulled their commercials from Fox News’s “O’Reilly Factor,” the cable news network’s biggest show
  • The Telegraph newspaper has launched a daily show specifically for the Google Home smart speaker/voice appliance
  • Facebook’s AR, VR, add hardware plans could spell the end for smartphones (and anything else with a screen)
  • Google’s plans to add an ad blocker to Chrome
  • Dan York reports on a plethora of topics, including Mastodon’s growth and video ads on Twitter.

Connect with Neville on Twitter at @jangles; read his blog at

Neville’s new podcast is The Small Data Forum Podcast.

Links to the source material for this episode are on Contentle.

Special thanks to Jay Moonah for the opening and closing music.

FIR was recorded using Zencastr.

About Neville Hobson

Neville HobsonNeville Hobson was co-host of The Hobson & Holtz Report for over 10 years. For over 15 years, Neville has been a voice of experience and influence when it comes to speaking about digital technologies, disruptive change in workplaces and marketplaces, relevant trends to pay close attention to, and what it all means for your business. His experiences embrace deep understanding and subject-matter expertise in contemporary business issues that include social, digital and cognitive technologies, connecting that with a career in traditional public relations, marketing communication, employee, compensation and benefits communication, and investor relations. Based in the Thames Valley some 30 miles west of London, Neville works either from his home office, or from a client’s location; or from wherever he has a good network connection.