The Hobson & Holtz Report – Podcast #159: July 31, 2006

Content summary: Vote for FIR in Podcast Awards 2006; listeners’ reactions to 25% variable speed FIR version; eBay invests in Meetup.com; a new voice at GM FastLane: chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner writes a post; Johnson & Johnson and blogging moms; activeCollab looks promising; JotSpot upgrade; PR Web embraces new media in press release distribution; BASF podcasts for agriculture journalists; Second Life update; co-creation podcast; Cyworld launches in the US; if all the internet’s a stage, why don’t CEOs use…

activeCollab looks promising

I’ve never been very good with project management tools. Most I’ve used seem too complex for my taste and never that easy to understand and use. Until now, my main experience has been with Microsoft Project. Yet my experience with that has been reflected by others with whom I’ve been using the tool: complex and not easy to use. So I tend to use tools like Excel and Access to keep track of things. Unquestionably the wrong types of tool…

The world’s happiest country is Denmark

If you live in Denmark, count yourself as highly fortunate – it has the highest satisfaction with life rating of any country in the world, according to research data from Adrian White, analytic social psychologist at the University of Leicester in England. White has published the World Map of Happiness, an interactive map that illustrates interational differences of happiness among the people of 177 countries. The map is based on an analysis of results from over 100 studies. The concept…

TOTP tunes out

Nostalgia ruled last night as I watched the very last Top of The Pops on BBC2 which we get here on cable TV. The one-hour special included clips from rock legends who were in the shows during the last four decades. The Rolling Stones. The Who. Slade. Blondie. T Rex. David Bowie. Wham. Madonna. Madness. And more. What a list! So ends an institution on British television after 42 years. It’s the 70s and early 80s shows that stand out…

Why the French blog

The French distinguish themselves, both statistically and anecdotally, ahead of Germans, Britons and even Americans in their obsession with blogs, says the International Herald Tribune. More than three million internet users, or more than 12 percent of those online in France, have created a blog, according to a study released in June by the ratings agency Médiamétrie, the IHT says. Some great sound bites from the paper’s feature: “You cannot be elected president of France without a blog,” said Benjamin…

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