Friday Wrap #146: Up Periscope, FTC looks at IoT, Comcast gets social serious, lots of Facebook news

Friday Wrap 146
Flickr photo courtesy of Duncan Holmes
The Friday Wrap is a review of news, posts, reports, and other items appearing in the last week that will help you stay on top of the forces shaping communication in this fast-paced, ever-changing environment. These are stories that may have been lost in the flood of headline news stories. This week, in the wake of Facebook’s F8 conference, there’s so much Facebook news that I’ve set it off in a separate section. I collect all of the items from which I choose the Wrap stories in my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.

News

Twitter launches Meerkat competitor to glowing reviews—Thanks to… Read More »

Friday Wrap #138: FCC warns hotels, Snapchat delivers news, the Uber model proliferates, and more

Friday Wrap #138
Flickr photo courtesy of MartialArtsNomad.com
It was another big week for news, reports, posts, and updates of interest to communicators. There’s even more in my link blog, where I collect everything I might consider using for the Wrap—as well as my podcast. You’re welcome to follow it.

News

FCC warns hotels never to try blocking guest WiFi—After Marriott withdrew its petition for permission to block guest WiFi, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission issued a stern warning to Marriott and other hotels that blocking WiFi is contrary to the basic principle that nobody can interfere with authorized radio communications, including… Read More »

Friday Wrap #132: LinkedIn simplifies home page, mobile changes everything, computers rule video

A wrapped-up building (Friday Wrap #132)
My web developer, Kurt Deutscher, shot this image of a wrapped-up
building on a rainy winter day in Portland, Oregon.
Mobile dominates this installment of the Friday Wrap, my weekly review of news, reports, studies, and posts from the last week that may not have grabbed the big headlines (like the Sony hack), but still have implications for those of us working in the communications/PR/marketing world. I curate the Wrap from a the items I collect during the week on my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.

News

Skype releases real-time translator preview—Microsoft’s Skype now allows you to have a instant-messaging conversation in… Read More »

5 technologies that aren’t dead (or even on life support)

Read enough digital media experts, and you’ll be convinced that any number of still-useful tools and channels aren’t worth your time, money, or effort. Usually the “{fill in the blank} is dead” meme is just hyperbole.

In general, new media don’t kill old media; old media adapts and often contracts, but doesn’t disappear and rarely is even marginalized. Based on their strengths, these channels and tools tend to find their new level.

I chose the five items listed here because over the last couple weeks, I’ve read items that reinforce the notion that their deaths have been greatly exaggerated.

Check-ins

Number of Google search… Read More »

Friday Wrap #98: The end for Google+?, geotargeted ads on Reddit, Facebook rocks on Fridays

Friday WrapBig news has flown fast and furious this week, led by the FCC’s decision to turn its back on Net neutrality and support a “fast lane” for companies willing to pay for it. With all that, it’s even easier to miss some posts, stories and studies that could be useful. That’s why I produce the Friday Wrap, a summary of items of interest to communicators that may have flown by under the radar. I collect all the stories from which I cull the items for the Wrap on my link blog, Links From Shel, which you’re welcome to follow.

Breaking News

The end of the line for Plus?—Google+ earns the second highest engagement levels (behind YouTube) of any… Read More »

FIR Book Review: Age of Context, by Robert Scoble and Shel Israel

Age of ContextAge of Context: Mobile, Sensors, Data and the Future of Privacy explores the convergence of five technological factors—mobile, social media, data, sensors and location—and their present and future impact on everything from commerce to medicine to transportation.

FIR co-hosts Neville Hobson and Shel Holtz review the book in the context of an earlier FIR interview we conducted with the authors and two book launch events, including one in which Neville recorded Robert and Shel’s presentation as an FIR Speakers & Speeches podcast.

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