Friday Wrap #246: Tinder vs LinkedIn, grim Snapchat outlook, audio trends, Kodak’s blockchain play

Friday Wrap #246I 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

Facebook News Feed will focus even more on friends and family—Like it’s not hard enough getting your company’s posts to appear in a Facebook user’s News Feed, the company is introducing “sweeping changes” to what its members see, prioritizing posts and comments from friends and families “while de-emphasizing content from publishers and brands.” Takeaway: Later in this update, you’ll read that Facebook is the overwhelming preference for… Read More »

Friday Wrap #244: Spammy posts, podcast metrics, fake news/hate speech solutions, Snapchat and teens

Friday Wrap #244The Wrap will take a holiday break, returning on January 5. I will continue to maintain my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow. To make sure you never miss an issue, subscribe to my weekly email briefing.

News

Facebook inks deal with Universal Music Group—Facebook users will be able to upload videos that include music from Universal Music Group’s vast library across Facebook, Instagram, and Oculus as a result of a deal the companies have signed. That’ll put Facebook on somewhat equal footing with YouTube, which with has signed similar deals with Universal and Sony. Takeaway: Quite a difference from the days of Napster when the… Read More »

Friday Wrap #243: RIP Storify, easier tweetstorms, we like long tweets, distrust’s cost, and more

Friday Wrap #243I 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

Storify is shutting down—Storify, the curation tool that made it drop-dead easy to curate content around breaking news or issues, will shut down permanently on May 16. Users can still access Storify 2 if they pay for a Livefyre license. Takeaway: While I haven’t used it in a while, Storify was my main curation tool for a couple years. It never took off the way it should have (though it was front-and-center in a couple breaking news situations), but its purchase by Livefyre… Read More »

Friday Wrap #240—or is it the first Wednesday Wrap? Either way, it’s a double issue

Friday Wrap #240It’s the Wednesday Wrap! Knowing the holiday weekend is upon us, I decided to combine the items that would have appeared in a Friday Wrap last week with those I have collected so far this week (so there will be no Wrap on Friday). 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

CompuServe’s forums are shutting down—A long time ago, I was an assistant sysop on CompuServe’s PR & Marketing Forum (PRSIG). I even remember my CompuServe ID (76346,627). My memories of CompuServe—even when it was all text—are still good ones.… Read More »

What do you get when you mix a podcast and a chatbot?

If you said “podbot” or “chatcast,” very funny. But I’m being serious here.

While riding on BART this morning, listening to the latest episode of the Reveal, I heard this mashup in action.

Reveal, the podcast from the Center for Investigative ReportingReveal is the podcast from the Center for Investigative Reporting. Alex Leston usually hosts the show but Anna Sale—host of WNYC’s Death, Sex + Money podcast—took over hosting duties for this episode. The focus was on the immigration crackdown in the U.S., but that’s incidental to technique Sale employed that made me sit up and pay attention. At the beginning of the show, she announced that listeners would be able to text messages in order to get… 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 »

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