Friday Wrap #182: Employees can gripe, zoo shutters social media, YouTube plans to go beyond video

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Employees are free to tweet their complaints—The National Labor Relations Board has finalized a decision initially rendered in March that beleaguered restaurant chain Chipotle was wrong for firing an employee who tweeted complaints about the company, forcing Chipotle to revise its policies. The NLRB is signaling that “freedom os speech is protected for employees who want to criticize their employers on Twitter.” The takeaway: This ruling is consistent with several… Read More »

Friday Wrap #181: Another nail in the G+ coffin, preparing for Gen Z, waiting for the content crash

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Google Plus takes another hit—Google has been marginalizing Google Plus for some time and the trend continues with the announcement that G+ Hangouts on Air will be discontinued as of September 12. Instead, Google is moving Hangouts on Air to YouTube Live. Several of Hangouts on Air’s best features aren’t making the transition, notably the Q&A tool. Google suggests you use the Q&A feature in Google Slides instead. The takeaway: Google Plus is dead. It just hasn’t fallen… Read More »

FIR #47: Take THAT, U.S. Olympic Committee

Cross-posted from the FIR Podcast Network

Today’s panel features “Writing Without Bullshit” author Josh Bernoff, social media traveler Steve Garfield, and SHIFT Communications Marketing Technology Vice President Christopher S. Penn. The stories covered in today’s show:

  • A follow-up to last week’s report on Saatchi & Saatchi chairman Kevin Roberts’ suspension after offensive remarks about gender equity in the ad business. Roberts has resigned.
  • The U.S. Olympic Committee and the International Olympic Committee apparently don’t want any businesses to talk about the games unless they’re paying sponsors. Not even a tweet… Read More »

Friday Wrap #179: Facebook punishes clickbait, Instagram intros Stories, native ads still deceive

Friday Wrap #179Two new sections make their debut in today’s Wrap: Video (which may well become a recurring section) and Instagram Stories (just because there was so much diverse reporting on the new Instagram feature). 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… Read More »

Shrink-Wrap #4: Is every company still a media company?

It has been seven years since Tom Foremski proclaimed that “every company is a media company.” In the wake of that observation, a lot of companies embraced brand journalism…then stopped. Meanwhile, media companies have continued innovating. Can we say our companies behave like media companies when media companies have moved beyond content portals?

Friday Wrap #177: Everyone’s verified, blockchain copyright, Medium migration, emoji overload

Friday Wrap #177I thought a category dedicated to Pokémon Go would be one-and-done but alas, the smartphone game continues to produce stories with direct relevance for communicators. The special category is back in this edition of the Friday Wrap, 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… Read More »

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