Friday Wrap #240—or is it the first Wednesday Wrap? Either way, it’s a double issue

Friday Wrap #240It’s the Wednesday Wrap! Knowing the holiday weekend is upon us, I decided to combine the items that would have appeared in a Friday Wrap last week with those I have collected so far this week (so there will be no Wrap on Friday). I extract items for the Wrap from my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow. To make sure you never miss an issue, subscribe to my weekly email briefing.

News

CompuServe’s forums are shutting down—A long time ago, I was an assistant sysop on CompuServe’s PR & Marketing Forum (PRSIG). I even remember my CompuServe ID (76346,627). My memories of CompuServe—even when it was all text—are still good ones.… Read More »

Friday Wrap #237: Split feeds, bloated numbers, success with memes, what influencers want, and more

Friday Wrap #237I extract items for the Wrap from my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow. To make sure you never miss an issue, subscribe to my weekly email briefing.

Announcement

After 21 years as an independent consultant (which followed 19 years in the corporate world), I have re-entered the corporate world. As of Tuesday, I am director of Internal Communications at Webcor, one of the largest commercial construction companies in California. I am excited about what lies ahead for me in this role. As for this newsletter, I plan to keep it going. It may be shorter, given that my time has become much less flexible, but cranking out HC+T Briefing… Read More »

Friday Wrap #233: Twitter doubles characters, Alexa gains ground, video pivot fails, AMC bets on VR

Friday Wrap #233I extract items for the Wrap from my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow. To make sure you never miss an issue, subscribe to my weekly email briefing.

News

Twitter expands to 280 characters—Twitter’s 140-character limit will soon be a thing of the past. The company is expanding the limit on posts to 280 characters. Only some users have access (though several people have published tricks to get access to the expanded limit, including using Tweetdeck). The company said it’s confident that change will be positive but wants to test it with a small group before expanding it to everyone. Takeaway: See the next item. Read more

How… Read More »

Friday Wrap #232: A second life for QR codes, smart jerseys, voice-controlled news, and more

Friday Wrap #232I extract items for the Wrap from my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow. To make sure you never miss an issue, subscribe to my weekly email briefing.

A quick note

So I got a note from a colleague and reader who asked why I dropped “The Takeaway” from this weekly update. I explained that I was putting the stories about which I had a point of view in the top section, “The Big Stories.” Not good enough, he said; “The Takeaway” was what differentiated this bulletin from all the other curated wrap-ups. So I’m going back to it while adding short items that are worth sharing without a takeaway. As always, I’m deeply grateful for your… Read More »

Friday Wrap #231: Cookie wars, business social network and chat wars, PR’s climate change influence

Friday Wrap #231I extract items for the Wrap from my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow. To make sure you never miss an issue, subscribe to my weekly email briefing.

The Big Stories

Unleash your superhero with AI—“Every PR person who manages to surf the new AI wave will get instant superpowers, including the ability to predict the future,” according to this VentureBeat piece. The article gives a big shout-out to Shift Communications for using “AI and machine learning in predictive analytics, text mining, and advanced attribution. During a recent client crisis, Shift was able to crunch more than 15,000 content-rich blogs for a medical client in… Read More »

Friday Wrap #225: Instagram fixation, sponsored GIFs, Microsoft’s AI vision, fallout from bad press

Friday Wrap #225I extract items for the Wrap from my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow. To make sure you never miss an issue, subscribe to my weekly email briefing.

The Big Stories

Young Instagrammers spend 32 minutes daily on the app—Most people younger than 25 spend 32 minutes on Instagram every day. As for the rest of us, everyone over 25, we spend a mere 24 minutes a day using Instagram. Most of that growth is due to Stories, the feature Instagram cribbed from Snapchat (and is now a feature on Messenger and Facebook, as well), according to Facebook. Stories, which launched a year ago, has 250 million daily users. This data no doubt is… Read More »

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