Prediction 2007: A great year for communicators

I’ve been reading what a lot of bloggers are predicting for 2007. If only a handful of these things actually happen, it will be a phenomenal year for people, for business and for Life As We Know It! While I didn’t plan on making any predictions for 2007, I just reviewed a post I wrote on Jan 5, 2006 that was sort of a non-prediction but ended up as an actual prediction. I think my concluding paragraphs are still valid:…

Naked conversations

Where else would you read about a survey like this but in The Sun? – NEARLY half of Brits regularly chat to friends and family on their home phone NAKED, a survey has revealed. The poll showed 49 per cent of 600 people questioned were happy to use the phone in their birthday suit. Women are more likely than men to go au naturel – 40 per cent of men bare all while chatting, compared to 57 per cent of…

Growing pains for Second Life

I managed to connect to Second Life this morning for the first time in two days. The virtual world – generally known as the grid – was completely offline since Thursday as developer Linden Lab grappled with a combination of a hardware failure plus database issues. Downtime due to infrastructure problems have plagued Second Life during the past few weeks, obviously frustrating for the developer and for SL users. Whatever was the precise cause of the issues that led to…

The Hobson & Holtz Report – Podcast #201: December 28, 2006

Content summary: Two new interviews and a book review posted; ethics Skypecast is on Jan 13; Lee Hopkins eulogizes on FIR; Mitch Joel’s international 6POS podcast; the ways PR agents piss off journalists, and a few companies that do it right; what is the value of professional PR bodies?; PRSA elects new president; Robert Scoble on the US presidential election campaign trail; Text 100 presents a Second Life view of the new publics; Microsoft PR issues: the Vista laptop give-away…

The great PR cock-up

The phrase “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” seems to be an appropriate idiom to describe a developing kerfuffle surrounding Microsoft’s latest blogger outreach campaign ahead of the launch of Windows Vista at the end of January. Concisely, here’s what’s happening: 1. A few days before Christmas, Microsoft (or Edelman – the lead PR agency for the launch of Vista – depending on which blog post you read) emailed a number of influential US bloggers to ask them…

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