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Ten years is a long time.

In 2008, audiences were gushing over The Dark Knight and dissing Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The iPhone was only a year old and people were still in love with their Flip video cameras. MySpace was still a popular social network. Passengers carried portable DVD players onto their flights. Justin Long and John Hodgman were still cranking out those Mac vs. PC commercials. (Their roles would be reversed today.) Everyone experienced Britney Spears’s meltdown, Tina Fey was parodying Sarah Palin on SNL, we lost Tim Russert (and Meet the Press has never been the same), and digital picture… Read More »

Friday Wrap #245:Stories Everywhere, WOMMA acquired, opposing sexual harassment pays off

Friday Wrap #245Happy New Year! Let’s kick off 2018 with the first edition of the Friday Wrap. As always, I choose the items to appear in the Wrap from those I have curated into my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow. To make sure you never miss an issue, subscribe to my weekly email briefing..

News

You’ll soon be able to embed Snapchat Stories on your website—Stories Everywhere is a new program that will let third-party publishers embed Snapchat Stories on their websites. Takeaway: Stories was so massively popular a feature that Instagram copied it, then WhatsApp, then Facebook. Several other apps adopted the feature, too. It wouldn’t be hard… Read More »

Friday Wrap #239: Big Brother Really Is Watching

Friday Wrap #239I 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.

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Twitter doubles character count—Twitter has officially expanded the character count for a tweet to 280 characters. Most of those testing the new limit in late September didn’t generally take advantage of the longer count, leading some to believe that most tweets will remain short; only 1% of tweets created by the test group reached the 280-character limit, while 9% of the control group—still using the 140-character limit—reached the cap. Still, as you’ll see below, some… 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 #236: Ethics call to action, new Twitter rules, CEOs going social, voice vs. paid search

Friday Wrap #236I 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

Richard Edelman calls for industrywide ethics principles—In the wake of the Bell Pottinger scandal in the UK, Edelman CEO Richard Edelman “called for the PR industry to adopt a new set of ethics principles superseding those of trade associations.” Edelman called out the Arthur W. Page Society, PRSA, and IABC, whose codes of ethics “do not safeguard ethical behavior” and “can’t prevent what happens in the soft underbelly” of PR. The four principles to which the entire industry… Read More »

Friday Wrap #234: Inflating numbers, facelifts on Instagram, resistance to new tech, AI for kids

Friday Wrap #234

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

LVPD applauded for online response to massacre—While a torrent of fake news accompanied the horrific shooting in Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Police Department was able to ensure accurate information was available by posting timely announcements and press conferences across its various social media profiles. Takeaway: Institutions can’t think about this after a disaster strikes. Part of a social media presence means being prepared to swing into action during difficult times.… Read More »

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