Friday Wrap #184: A taste of Peach, brands blow Bowie tributes, Snapchat is mainstream, and more

Friday Wrap #184The 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. If you want to make sure you never miss an edition of the Wrap, subscribe to my weekly email newsletter.


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Friday Wrap #130: ABC’s 1-minute Facebook newscast, easy CAPTCHA, Google for kids, who views videos

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Photo (c) United States Navy (photo by Photographer’s Mate
3rd Class Gregory E. Badger)
Here’s today’s Friday Wrap, my selection of articles and posts from the past week that are important or useful for communicators, but that didn’t necessarily get a lot of attention. I curate these items from my link blog, where I save everything I find interesting from a communications perspective; it’s also what I use to choose the stories I’ll cover on the For Immediate Release podcast.


ABC creates 1-minute newscast for Facebook—David Muir, host of ABC’s flagship newscast, is now hosting a video newscast created exclusively for the network’s… Read More »

Friday Wrap #99: Anonymous login, Google unbundles, the power of superfans, and more

Friday WrapThe 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.


Facebook unveils anonymous login—If you use Facebook authentication to log in to other sites, those sites have access to information about you based on your Facebook account. With the announcement of anonymous login, Facebook is making a statement about privacy by letting you choose to log in to sites using Facebook’s authentication without giving any of… Read More »

Simplicity, integration continue to drive Facebook’s success

Mark Zuckerberg made a critical point during today’s announcement at Facebook headquarters—a point that was glossed over in most of the subsequent (and concurrent) discussions.

The announcement introduced three features: group chat, modifications to the design for chat, and video chat. The demonstration of the video chat feature focused on simplicity. Want to initiate a video chat with a friend? From the chat tab or your friend’s profile page, just click “Call.” If you’re the recipient of your very first Facebook video call, you don’t need to download or install anything. Just accepting the call installs the plugin.

Skype CEO Tony… Read More »

Virtual panel discussion via Skype

Shel Holtz

I just wrapped up participating as a panelist at the monthly chapter meeting of IABC‘s chapter in Orlando, Florida. Also on the panel with me was Barbara Gibson, immediate past chair of IABC. Barb’s from London. I live in the San Francisco East Bay. We both participated on the panel without leaving our homes.

Not that this is an all-time first. I’ve done a talk from Intel’s Santa Clara headquarters to a group meeting in the company’s Oregon offices. I’ve participated via conference call and Skype. But this was the first time Skype video was used the way chapter member Patrick Grady set it up.

As members arrived for the meeting, they… Read More »

VodBurner: Record both sides of a Skype call

Netralia CEO Jeremy Hague and I chatted for a bit over Skype today while I recorded the call using VodBurner, Netralia’s latest product. It couldn’t be simpler to use. Just click the “record” button on VodBurner when you’re ready to start the recording, have your conversation, then hang up. A box appears to let you know the video recording has been saved; click the button in the box to launch the editor.

Shel Holtz

You can set the point at which the video switches to you, the person on the other end of the call, or the split screen that shows both of you. When you’re done, you can publish the video to the ASF format or upload it directly to… Read More »

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