Today’s social networked world

This is the world of social networks according to gossip blog ValleyWag citing data from Alexa. Although the map’s colours make it a bit difficult to see clearly which network is prevalent in which part of the world, you can see where the two networks most talked-about in the English-speaking world (MySpace and Facebook) are dominant – USA and Australia (MySpace); Canada, UK, Middle East, South Africa (Facebook). One stat I found a bit surprising was regarding Cyworld, the social…

The Hobson & Holtz Report – Podcast #253: June 28, 2007

Content summary: Road-weary Shel in Dallas; the IABC conference; the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop; Dan York reports; turning address books into social networks: is it time to look at Plaxo again?; social network overload; new intranets take a page from MySpace; an olympic PR challenge for brands at Beijing 2008; Facebook’s potential for marketing; David Phillips reports; listeners’ comments discussion; the music; and more. [Message from our sponsor: Save time with the CustomScoop online clipping service: sign up for…

The Foreign Secretary who blogs

So the change has begun, following yesterday’s handover of power from Tony Blair to Gordon Brown, with the announcement this morning of the new Cabinet that Prime Minister Brown is forming. A huge change, it seems, in personalities and styles compared to the types of people Tony Blair would have included. I’ll leave it to other, more politically-seasoned pundits to offer views and opinions (and there are plenty of opinions). Some good conversations going on at BBC Political Editor Nick…

The only tech PR news is iPhone

One of the questions we had in Monday’s FIR #252 came from Doug Haslam via Twitter: Should any PR people with consumer tech products even bother pitching this week? Or will it be all iPhone all the time? I recall my reply on the show was not if you’re in the UK but probably so if you’re in the US as the iPhone launches in the US on June 29 but not in the UK until later this year. Well,…

More cool ways to use Twitter

Along with about half the planet, I use Twitter, the compulsive chat/connector/micro-blogging (take your pick or add your own definition) service that lets you see what your friends are up to at any given moment and let them know what you’re up to. Already there are hundreds of add-on applications that extend the capabilities of what you can do with Twitter. Everyone has a favourite and one isn’t necessarily better than any other. But for what it’s worth, I love…

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