Friday Wrap #111: A social web standard, press releases have legs, the rise of “sadvertising”

Friday Wrap #111
Flickr photo courtesy of Loz Pycock
The Friday Wrap (which is what you’re reading) is a curated rundown of news, reports and posts from the past week that, while they didn’t go viral or attract much attention, are still interesting and useful for communications professionals. I select Wrap items from my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.

News

W3C to develop social media standards—The World Wide Web Consortium has announced it will develop a standard way to build social network operations into the Web, including adding friends, commenting, and sharing updates with text, photos, and video. The standard also will allow multiple… Read More »

Friday Wrap #110: Blogger fined for success, automated PR, social-reputation link, mobile newsrooms

Friday Wrap #110
Bacon-wrapped hot dog Flickr image courtesy of Arnold Gatilao
The Friday Wrap (which is what you’re reading) is a curated rundown of news, reports and posts from the past week that, while they didn’t go viral or attract much attention, are still interesting and useful for communications professionals. I select Wrap items from my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.

News

French blogger fined over her review’s popularity—French blogger Caroline Doudet wrote a scathing review of the restaurant Il Giardino that met Google’s criteria so well it became the number four link in a search for the restaurant. The owner sued, claiming… Read More »

Friday Wrap #109: Yo gets serious, internal social media suffers, 3-screen advertising, and more

Friday Wrap #109
Flickr photo courtesy of Matt Reinbold
The Friday Wrap (which is what you’re reading) is a curated rundown of news, reports and posts from the past week that, while they didn’t go viral or attract much attention, are still interesting and useful for communications professionals. I select Wrap items from my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.

News

FTC may scrutinize Facebook experiment—The Facebook’s A/B test to determine if suppressing positive or negative posts leads users to post more positive or negative updates of their own may be reviewed by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, based on a request by Senator Mark Warner… Read More »

All evidence points to a burgeoning wearable tech category

Hyginex health worker braceletHospital leaders everywhere struggle to get staff to wash their hands. Studies reveal that, without campaigns and reminders, hospital workers wash their hands about 30% of the time they’re working with patients. In Canada alone, this results in an estimated 220,000 healthcare-associated infections each year, and more than 8,000 deaths.

As a result, hospitals try everything from clever videos to security-like systems to monitor whether employees have washed their hands each time they’ve entered an intensive care room.

In Israel, a startup called Hyginex has come up with a better solution that is producing significant results. It’s a… Read More »

Facebook ran an A/B test. Get out the torches and pitchforks!

The Pitchfork and Torches Crowd Comes After Facebook Again

One of the things the Internet is best at is righteous indignation. The crowd can take up its pitchforks and torches in a heartbeat. Virtual lynchings are becoming the norm and, just as when lynchings happened IRL, they often target innocent victims. The media, quick to jump on a meme gaining velocity, spreads the stories with equal disregard for critical thinking or fact checking.

Consider fast-food chain KFC, vilified and pilloried when the crowd became outraged—outraged, I tell you—that an employee in a Mississippi restaurant asked the grandmother of a young girl disfigured in a pit bull attack to leave because her appearance was… Read More »

Friday Wrap #107: Farewell to blog ranking system, teens return to Facebook, there’s more to Yo

Firday Wrap image courtesy of SNappa2006
Flickr image courtesy of SNappa2006
The Friday Wrap is a curated rundown of news, reports and posts from the past week that, while they didn’t go viral or attract much attention, are still interesting and useful for communications professionals. I select Wrap items from my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.

News

Technorati kills its blog ranking system—Technorati was once the go-to resource for searching the blogosphere—including posts with specific tags—as well as identifying the most influential bloggers. Over the last several years there has been fewer and fewer references to Technorati, and last month, with virtually no… Read More »

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