Children’s charity checks in to Habbo Hotel

While the focus this week on virtual communities has been on Second Life, with news of developer Electric Sheep’s $7 million tie-up with CBS and others, here’s news of one organization’s plans for another virtual community. The UK children’s charity NSPCC is to set up a presence for three months in Habbo Hotel, says a BBC News report, with a primary goal of reaching out to a new audience: […] The charity will host events and activities on the website…

Anything good to say about Windows Vista and Office 2007?

I haven’t yet upgraded to Windows Vista or Microsoft Office 2007. Still running Windows XP and Office Pro 2003 with every patch and update that’s been released. I do plan to upgrade. However, the negative experiences of some people give me a bit of a pause for thought. One experience that’s being widely commented on is from Jason Busch talking about his nightmare: […] Having spent approximately 25 of my last 40 waking hours trying to get Vista and Office…

Creative Commons version 3 launched

Creative Commons, the non-profit organization devoted to expanding the range of creative work available for others legally to build upon and share, has launched version 3.0 of their copyright licenses. This updated version introduces a number of changes including spinning off the ‘generic’ license to be the US license and creating a new generic license, now known as the ‘unported’ license (detailed explanation here). I’ve taken the opportunity to update the CC license on this blog. It’s not version 3…

Survey on corporate use of social media

Internal communication research and training firm Melcrum is conducting a survey on social media usage in large companies. A note I received today from MD Robin Crumby said: […] We’ve so far sent the survey to over 20,000 subscribers to Melcrum’s e-newsletters for corporate and employee communicators and got over 1200 responses in 48 hours. This is likely to be the largest global survey of its kind and we’re keen to share the findings with your blog readers as soon…

The Hobson & Holtz Report – Podcast #218: February 26, 2007

Content summary: A bad marketing stunt in Boston for Dr Pepper produces apologies from Cadbury-Schweppes; MP3 file format under threat if Microsoft pays Alcatel-Lucent in lawsuit; Steve Rubel’s guide on how to turn Gmail into a personal nerve center; OpenID update; rent instant hot friends at FakeYourSpace; Bryan Person reports: TMP in Second Life, Twitter, Podcamp Toronto; memo to DreamHost: communicating in a crisis can be more about quantity not quality; listeners’ comments discussion; come to New Communications Forum in…

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