Friday Wrap #195: Breitbart’s boycott, a corporate memo ban, the rise of voice tech, and more

Friday Wrap #195I 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.


Writing for Mobile—As part of a client project, I have been researching the living daylights out of best practices, empirical studies, and real-world experiences when it comes to writing for mobile devices (mainly smartphones). I’ll share what I’ve learned in a webinar scheduled for noon EST on December 14. Register

Excellence in New Communication Awards—If you have produced work that reflects innovation in the use of digital and social media, mobile media, collaborative… Read More »

Friday Wrap #150: Gaming Wikipedia, BuzzFeed ethics, FM’s fade, greenwashing, news by GIF

Friday Wrap 150
Pixabay photo courtesy of FraukeFeind

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.


Another object lesson on gaming Wikipedia—Grant Sharps is the chairman of the conservative (or Tory) party in the UK. He’s also been blocked from Wikipedia after the only encyclopedia’s… Read More »

Join me next week for SNCR Research Symposium and Awards Gala

SNCRAt every SNCR event I attend, there’s always a first-time participant who marvels that it’s the most worthwhile social media event she or he has attended. “Why don’t more people know about this organization?” they always ask.

Events from SNCR—the Society for New Communications Research—aren’t glitzy and don’t necessarily attract all the cool kids. They are an exercise in substance over style. Instead of the same old tired sessions, SNCR’s presentations address new research and trends that could well be new to even the most experienced social media manager.

Even the annual awards ceremony is an education in best practices and… Read More »

Friday Wrap #13: Facebook pages ruling; how professionals, journalists & everybody uses social media

Friday Wrap #13Every week, I find fascinating items in my various newsfeeds. I’d like to blog about them all, but time is short. The Friday Wrap is a review of some of the most interesting. I select them from my link blog.

In Australia, it’s all just advertising on Facebook

So you’re an Australian company and you’ve set up a Facebook page dedicated strictly to customer support. The focus of that page no longer matters as far as the Australian government is concerned. According to the Advertising Standards Board, posts made to any Facebook page you may have established—along with comments left by your customers—are all considered advertising and must… Read More »

Deep discounts to NewComm Forum 2010

imageThe New Communications Forum—NewComm Forum to the initiated—begins on April 20 in San Mateo, California. That’s just two weeks from tomorrow. I keep reiterating the same point about NewComm: If you’re already knowledgable about social media and you’re serious aboute more advanced learning, this is the conference to attend.

I’ve been to all four previous Forums, and have been a speaker at each. I’m always stunned at the quality of the sessions and the caliber of the speakers. I routinely hear this conference (along with SNCR’s annual research symposium) referred to as “the best conference you’ve never heard of.”

Time to change that.… Read More »

NewComm Forum is coming. Will you be there?

NewCommForum logoFive years ago, I spoke at a little conference in Napa, California. Two social media enthusiasts put it together with a very specific goal: let people who are on top of social media get together. People with specific expertise would present to small groups, there’d be a couple of keynotes, but mostly it would be about gathering and sharing.

Out of that first NewComm Forum, the Society for New Communications Research (SNCR) was born, and the Society and the Forum have been linked ever since. NewComm kept getting better and better. There are plenty of Social Media 101 conferences out there—it seems like one is taking place every day—and… Read More »

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