Millennials crave in-person conversation

Face-to-face conversation is alive and well

Oh, those pesky Millennials. So much blame is heaped on people born between the early 1980s and the early 2000s for a culture where conversation is deteriorating and everybody is texting. “We never talk anymore,” the complaint goes. MIT social studies professor Sherry Turkle has even written a book about it, alarmingly titled, “Reclaiming Conversation.” Meanwhile, recognizing that the highly coveted Millennial market is busy texting away, companies are tripping over themselves to adopt technologies that will reach them.

In fact, businesses routinely tout the brilliance of technologies that eliminate the need for actual conversation.… Read More »

Friday Wrap #181: Periscope is Apple’s App of the Year, Vine declines, YouNow stars arise

Friday Wrap #181The Friday Wrap is my weekly collection of news stories, posts, studies, and reports designed to help organizational communicators stay current on the trends and technology that affect their jobs. These may be items that flew under the radar while other stories grabbed big headlines. (Here’s hoping this week’s collection makes sense, since I’m writing under the influence of some serious pain meds following back surgery on Wednesday.) As always, I collect material from which I select Wrap stories (as well as stories to report on the For Immediate Release podcast, along with stuff I just want to remember to read) on my link blog, which… Read More »

Friday Wrap #177: Facebook bends on real names, Twitter swaps stars for hearts, CMOs doubt PR

Friday Wrap #177The Friday Wrap is my weekly collection of news stories, posts, studies, and reports designed to help organizational communicators stay current on the trends and technology that affect their jobs. These may be items that flew under the radar while other stories grabbed big headlines. As always, I collect material from which I select Wrap stories (as well as stories to report on the For Immediate Release podcast, along with stuff I just want to remember to read) on my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.

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Facebook finally gives in on “real name” policy—Facebook has long required users to set up accounts with their real… Read More »

Friday Wrap #174: Flash is toast, beacons are hot, influencers are necessary, search is mobile

Friday Wrap #174The Friday Wrap is my weekly collection of news stories, posts, studies, and reports designed to help organizational communicators stay current on the trends and technology that affect their jobs. These may be items that flew under the radar while other stories grabbed big headlines. As always, I collect material from which I select Wrap stories (as well as stories to report on the For Immediate Release podcast, along with stuff I just want to remember to read) on my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.

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Homeland Security investigates Wikipedia edits—The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is investigating reports that a… Read More »

Friday Wrap #173: Ethics-challenged outreach, Twitter reveals Moments, Google AMPs up the mobile web

Friday Wrap #173The Friday Wrap is my weekly collection of news stories, posts, studies, and reports designed to help organizational communicators stay current on the trends and technology that affect their jobs. These may be items that flew under the radar while other stories grabbed big headlines. As always, I collect material from which I select Wrap stories (as well as stories to report on the For Immediate Release podcast, along with stuff I just want to remember to read) on my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.

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Edelman’s ethics questioned in offer to pay for reporters’ insights—PR agency Edelman sent emails to select reporters on… Read More »

Friday Wrap #169: Wikipedia purges editors, GM CEO on Facebook, sad state of social customer service

Friday Wrap #169
Flickr photo courtesy of Erich Ferdinand
The Friday Wrap is my weekly collection of news stories, posts, studies, and reports designed to help organizational communicators stay current on the trends and technology that affect their jobs. These may be items that flew under the radar while other stories grabbed big headlines. As always, I collect material from which I select Wrap stories (as well as stories to report on the For Immediate Release podcast, along with stuff I just want to remember to read) on my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.

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Wikipedia bans hundreds of editors for promoting brands—A months-long… Read More »

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