Friday Wrap #244: Spammy posts, podcast metrics, fake news/hate speech solutions, Snapchat and teens

Friday Wrap #244The Wrap will take a holiday break, returning on January 5. I will continue to maintain my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow. To make sure you never miss an issue, subscribe to my weekly email briefing.

News

Facebook inks deal with Universal Music Group—Facebook users will be able to upload videos that include music from Universal Music Group’s vast library across Facebook, Instagram, and Oculus as a result of a deal the companies have signed. That’ll put Facebook on somewhat equal footing with YouTube, which with has signed similar deals with Universal and Sony. Takeaway: Quite a difference from the days of Napster when the… Read More »

Friday Wrap #243: RIP Storify, easier tweetstorms, we like long tweets, distrust’s cost, and more

Friday Wrap #243I 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

Storify is shutting down—Storify, the curation tool that made it drop-dead easy to curate content around breaking news or issues, will shut down permanently on May 16. Users can still access Storify 2 if they pay for a Livefyre license. Takeaway: While I haven’t used it in a while, Storify was my main curation tool for a couple years. It never took off the way it should have (though it was front-and-center in a couple breaking news situations), but its purchase by Livefyre… Read More »

Friday Wrap #241: A new form of protest, the future of media, Alexa for the office, and more

Friday Wrap #241The Wrap was delayed again this week as I settle into my full-time job. Thanks for your patience. 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

It’s YouTube’s turn to introduce Stories—Whether Snapchat stands or falls, it should be remembered for launching the Stories trend. YouTube is the latest to adopt the wildly popular feature with “Reels,” currently undergoing a test, is “YouTube’s spin on the popular ‘stories’ format, but designed specifically for YouTube creators,” according to a senior product manager.… Read More »

What do you get when you mix a podcast and a chatbot?

If you said “podbot” or “chatcast,” very funny. But I’m being serious here.

While riding on BART this morning, listening to the latest episode of the Reveal, I heard this mashup in action.

Reveal, the podcast from the Center for Investigative ReportingReveal is the podcast from the Center for Investigative Reporting. Alex Leston usually hosts the show but Anna Sale—host of WNYC’s Death, Sex + Money podcast—took over hosting duties for this episode. The focus was on the immigration crackdown in the U.S., but that’s incidental to technique Sale employed that made me sit up and pay attention. At the beginning of the show, she announced that listeners would be able to text messages in order to get… Read More »

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

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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 #229: Hurricane coverage, YouTube’s makeover, WhatsApp’s business designs, and more

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Got 5 Minutes?

The Society for New Communication Research (SNCR)—part of The Conference Board and of which I am a Founding Fellow—has undertaken an initiative to determine how people in the communication industry can help tackle the increasingly significant problem of fake news. (I’m part of the task force.) One of our early efforts is to get a handle on the intersection of fake news and communication through a survey. If you’re a communicator with responsibility for managing… Read More »

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