The Hobson & Holtz Report – Podcast #306: December 31, 2007

Content summary: New FIR discussion forum launching; the next FIR episode marks this podcast’s third anniversary; a listener contest coming; FIR live in January on BlogTalk Radio; Lee Hopkins looks forward to 2008; the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop; Microsoft promotes Vista on YouTube with open commenting; are email and mobile phones the real social graph?; Tesla CEO blogs explanations; who’s got what you’re looking for: ask Hoosgot; Colgate in Second Life; senior employees obligated to blog at SonyBMG UK;…

Best wishes for 2008

This last day of 2007 has been a hefty workday so far. But now getting close to winding down and focusing on celebrating the passing of the year tonight. One thing still to do later today – record FIR #306 with Shel. I expect we’ll do that over a glass of champagne. Well, I will as it will be early evening; not sure about Shel as he’ll only be starting his day in California! Things have been a bit quiet…

Cuts from FIR #305

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The Hobson & Holtz Report – Podcast #305: December 27, 2007

Content summary: Predictions for 2008; the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop; Todd Cochrane’s 24-hour podcasts to support OLPC; Google Reader sharing private data stirs up a storm; Blognation writers live on; online TV ads more popular than TV TV ads; Dan York reports on Twitter; listeners’ comments discussion; next FIR episode on New Year’s Eve; music from Brother Love; and more. [Messages from our sponsors: FIR is brought to you with Lawrence Ragan Communications, serving communicators worldwide for 35 years,…

The ugly face of conspicuous consumption

Did you have a great Christmas? We did in our family, a time of year when everyone gets together – parents, children, siblings, cousins – to simply enjoy each others’ company in a relaxed atmosphere. Plenty to eat and drink, lots of great conversations, and the pleasure of giving and receiving gifts. There is a dark side, though – packaging and waste. We’re probably typical among many families in the UK in that we now have a few boxes and…

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