Friday Wrap #149: Foursquare for sale, GE on TV, a hologram protest, brand emojis, fake reviews

Friday Wrap 149
Flickr photo courtesy of Michael Coghlan

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. I collect all of the items from which I choose the Wrap stories in my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.

News

Will Yahoo buy Foursquare?—The rumor mill says Yahoo, which has been pivoting to mobile in a big way, could offer $900 million to acquire the geolocation app. Read more

GE is producing a… Read More »

Friday Wrap #148: Teens on Facebook, easier retweeting, skills training on LinkedIn

Friday Wrap 148
Flickr photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore
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. I collect all of the items from which I choose the Wrap estories in my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.

News

About those teens fleeing Facebook…—Facebook continues to be the number-one social network among teens, according to new research from the Pew Research Center. Seventy-one percent of all teens… Read More »

Friday Wrap #147: Private Flipboard magazines, collaborative mobile videos, fewer business blogs

Friday Wrap 147
Flickr photo courtesy of Ian Stannard
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. I collect all of the items from which I choose the Wrap stories in my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.

News

Flipboard launches private magazines for groups—Flipboard has launched “Private Group Magazines,” allowing individuals to curate content into the app’s attractive, flippable magazine format and… Read More »

As news evolves, PR must be as accountable to the public as it is to its clients

The Future of News

People who don’t understand PR tend to conflate it with media relations. While earning media coverage is just one of many PR activities, the profound changes shaking the news business are good news for public relations. There’s hardly an online news outlet that hasn’t taken steps to offer native advertising. The decimation of the ranks of paid journalists means more opportunity for brands to influence what gets coverage. The ability for companies to go directly to their audiences, bypassing the filter of the media, has reduced reliance on hostile outlets to tell company stories.

If you think all this presages a rosy future for the PR… Read More »

Friday Wrap #145: FTC slams Google, the end of IE, social media at work, unhappy journalists

Friday Wrap #145
Flickr image courtesy of Erik Fitzpatrick
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. I collect the items from which I choose the Wrap stories in my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.


News

FTC report accuses Google of skewing search results—“Don’t be evil,” Google proclaims. Yet U.S. Federal Trade Commission staffers accused Google of manipulating search results to elevate its own… Read More »

MSNBC and NowThis’s Facebook news video experiment could be a model for brands

15 Seconds to FameThe implications of a deal between cable news network MSNBC and digital video distributor NowThis News could be profound for marketers and communicators. What the two media companies are trying is new, so the as-yet-unlaunched concept could be a bust. But if it attracts a following, it would demonstrate that a fresh look at Facebook could yield big results.

MSNBC and NowThis will produce two daily video programs. Sound Off will present one breaking news story every morning, inviting discussion on the Facebook page. The end-of-day show, FacePalm, will dish up off-kilter news items, also geared to generate conversation on the MSNBC and… Read More »

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