Friday Wrap #62: Facebook embeds, media consumption, underfunded content marketing, AVEs, and more

Friday Wrap #62The Friday Wrap is a review of some of the posts and news items from the last week that I found particularly interesting—and that you may have missed amidst other stories that got bigger play. I select these stories from a pool of items I collect during the week at, which you’re welcome to peruse. It’s the same collection from which I draw stories to report on For Immediate Release, the podcast I co-host with Neville Hobson.

Now you can embed Facebook posts

You can do it with tweets, YouTube videos and Instagram photos, but until this week, you couldn’t do it with Facebook posts. Now, hoping to spread Facebook… 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 »

Friday Wrap #35: social influences spending, online errors, employee policies, end of the password

Friday Wrap #35

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Here’s the weekly rundown of reports, articles and posts from the last week that caught my attention that didn’t get widespread coverage. I select these items from a larger collection of pieces I save to my link blog:

Consumer spending increasingly influenced by social media

The holiday shopping season saw retail sales rise, and much of what consumers spent was influenced by social media, according to a study from the Advertising Research Foundation. The study, reported in Bulldog Reporter’s Daily Dog, found that about one-third of shoppers said they were either introduced to a brand or… Read More »

New tools that scrape user images could be on a collision course with the law

Collision CourseThe surging popularity of photo sharing, marketers’ desire to capitalize on those images for brand purposes, emerging technologies, and the law appear to be on a collision course.

Just as social media management company Venueseen opens an API designed to scoop up Instagram photos for use in a brand’s marketing efforts, a New York judge has ruled that two news outlets infringed on a photographer’s copyrights by publishing the photos he posted on Twitter.

Venueseen’s API was announced with a press release on Wednesday. The iconic Indianapolis 500 race is the first company to use the tool. They’ll be able to “plot fan’s geotagged and… Read More »

Friday Wrap #15: Trademark stupidity, crowdsourced curation, top social brands, Seesmic acquired

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Did you miss me last week? The Brazil trip turned into a longer stay than I planned, thanks to airport closures due to Hurricane Isaac. But I’m back, so let’s wrap the week! This is my (mostly) weekly review of items that crossed my newsfeeds over the last seven days that are interesting enough to report but didn’t make it as a standalone blog post. It’s all derived from my link blog, which you’re always free to visit or subscribe to.

Feel free to call it “social business.” Just don’t call it the “social enterprise”

File this under: “Really?” If ever there was a generic term, “social enterprise” is one. I’ve… Read More »

Banning anonymous online speech is a really, really bad idea

AnonymityThere is no doubt that anonymity enables most of the truly heinous actions taken online. Anonymity also enables people living in repressive regimes to communicate what’s happening in their countries. In Egypt, anonymous bloggers spoke out against the Mubarak regime. Those who were identified were dragged from their homes and thrown in jail. Anonymity was their only protection.

New York isn’t exactly a repressive regime, but there are other legitimate and necessary uses of anonymity right here at home. There was, for example, the wife of the Electronic Arts employee who chronicled workplace abuses, leading to change. Had she identified… Read More »

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