Friday Wrap #137: New Trust Barometer, reducing hoaxes, bad words, an anonymous app for employees

Venice wrappedf up in 2011
Flickr photo of Venice wrapped up in 2011 courtesyt of Kristina D.C. Hoeppner
Greetings from 39,000 feet. I have a jam-packed day Friday, so I’m taking advantage of in-flight WiFi to crank out this week’s Wrap. As always the Wrap is a summary of the last week’s news, posts, and other good stuff that has crossed my feeds that may not have gotten a lot of attention but is still useful for communicators to know. Feel free to follow my link blog, where I collect the content from which I select items for the Wrap (and for my podcast).

News

Edelman releases 2015 Trust Barometer—Upholding an annual tradition at the Davos economic forum,… Read More »

Friday Wrap #136: Marriott backs down, Nissan blows an AMA, Time Inc. curates, PR beats lobbying

Friday Wrap #136
Flickr photo courtesy of Wetsun
The new year is heating up, as evidenced by a record number of items in today’s Wrap. There’s even more in my link blog, where I collect all the items from the past week I think would be useful or interesting for communication professionals; you’re welcome to follow it.

News

Marriott backs down—Marriott International has withdrawn its petition to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requesting permission to block personal WiFi devices guests bring to its hotels. The company is attributing its change of heart to pressure from the public and the press. “Marriott International listens to its… Read More »

Friday Wrap #135: Ethics-challenged PR, 360-degree videos, tracking “Dark Social,” Zuck goes Oprah

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Flickr photo of Cristo art at the Reichstag in Berlin in 1995
courtesy of Zug55
The Friday Wrap is my weekly review of news items, blog posts, reports, and studies from the last week that could be useful to communicators but weren’t the stories that got the big headlines. I collect items from which I draw the Friday Wrap’s selections in my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.

News

TV anchor suspended over PR activities—Another case of challenged ethics has emerged with the suspension of Global Television news anchor Leslie Roberts. A Toronto Star investigation found that Roberts secretly has been a part owner of a small PR firm,… Read More »

Friday Wrap #134: Snapchat deceived, Palm’s return, email’s dominance, McDonald’s beacons, and more

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Flickr photo courtesy of Jeff Golden
I hope your New Year’s celebrations were fun and safe. Now it’s time to get on with the promise of the new year by keeping up with the latest developments, news, research, and ideas culled from around the web, notably those items that didn’t get a lot of attention. I select the items from my link blog, where I collect whatever strikes me as interesting; the link blog—which you’re welcome to follow—is also the source for stories I cover on my podcast. As you might expect, it has been a slow week, but there were still some interesting reports.

News

Snapchat deceived customers, FTC says—The U.S.… Read More »

Plague democratizes the infectious spread of information

An image shared on PlagueWhether Plague takes off or is relegated to the scrap heap of failed apps remains to be seen, but the idea is intriguing (if not downright revolutionary). At its core, Plague democratizes the process of determining what spreads through social media, and even what goes viral. The app bills itself as “an essentially different way to spread information.”

The idea is simple. You share something on the app—a video, a photo, an animated GIF, a link, your own thoughts—and it immediately “infects” the four people closest to you geographically who have downloaded and installed it. (You are automatically connected to all other Plague users as… Read More »

An open letter to Marriott: I’m staying elsewhere as long as you want to block my WiFi hotspot

UPDATE: According to reports on January 15, Marriott has abandoned its effort to get the FCC to revise its rules to allow them to block guest WiFi, mainly due to public pressure.

WiFi

Dear Marriott:

Your focus on the business traveler experience has made your hotels my first choice when I have to hit the road for work. However, your anti-consumer stance on WiFi has me rethinking that choice. In fact, all the business I’ve been giving Marriott over the years could well be going to Hyatt, which seems to your polar opposite.

You—with the assistance of your lobbying group, the American Hospitality & Lodging Association—have petitioned the… Read More »

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