Friday Wrap #226:  Twitter “rooms,” a BBC font, a Google Snapchat clone, a podcast ruling, and more

Friday Wrap #226I 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

Instagram tests letting friends join your live video—You may not have to livestream by yourself on Instagram much longer. The company is testing a feature that will let you invite friends to join your Instagram Live broadcast. When someone accepts your invitation, the screen will split in two to display both participants. Viewers will still be able to like and comment. When the session ends, you can share it as an Instagram Story or dump it. The feature will roll… Read More »

Friday Wrap #220: Renamed AVEs still suck, trust in newspapers grows, older Americans get social

Friday Wrap #220I 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

Voice search advertising is years away—Smart audio is upon us and its adoption is on a rapid pace (see “From the Blog” below). That presents challenges to both SEO and SEM, since rather than presenting a page with multiple results, voice search delivers “one true answer” (even though the answer could be different each time based on algorithms that choose from multiple search results). For SEO experts, the challenge is getting their content into the mix. It’s even… Read More »

Friday Wrap #219: White House affects perceptions of PR, Instagram crushes Snapchat, and more

Friday Wrap #219I 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

White House communications team casts negative perceptions on PR practitioners—The team managing communications at the White House is generally viewed as the most visible PR people on the planet. PR practitioners wish that weren’t the case with the current administration and would prefer to distance themselves from Sean Spicer and the rest of the administration’s spokespeople. There was general agreement among PR professionals surveyed by the USC Annenberg School… Read More »

Friday Wrap #218: Politics drive boycotts, marketers ignore voice, seniors go mobile for news

Friday Wrap #218The Wrap was MIA for the last two weeks due to business travel, so there’s a lot to catch up on. I’m also toying with a modified format, putting the stories I want to comment on at the top and sharing shorter items through the rest of the update. So let’s get to it, but not before I remind you that 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

Amazon is buying Whole Foods—The $13.7 billion deal gives Amazon access to a nationwide food chain that will most likely become a venue for retail experimentation.… Read More »

Friday Wrap #211: A/B tests for all, gaming Instagram, why people trust news, there’s data in GIFs

Friday Wrap #211Lots to catch up on after skipping last week’s Wrap due to travel. I’ll try to keep everything brief so I can cover a lot without going overboard on length. 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

Twitter removes @replies from character limit—The usernames of the people to whom you reply no longer count as part of the 140-character limit. The individual or people to whom you are replying now appear above the tweet text rather than within it. Adding or tagging other people still requires you to add their username… Read More »

The economics of deregulation may not add up in the values-driven marketplace

Image of a waterway polluted by toxic coal waste

The Clean Power Plan is one of the Obama-era regulations President Donald Trump promised to repeal as part of his promise to accelerate the economy and create jobs. The Plan, proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency and finalized by the administration in 2015, was designed to bolster the move toward clean energy through the introduction of standards for power plants and state goals for reducing carbon dioxide pollution.

Presumably, power companies and others that produce carbon dioxide are celebrating the sweeping away of these costly regulations. After all, by lowering costs they can deliver higher returns to shareholders… Read More »

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