Capturing the zeitgeist

The always-excellent cartoonist Matt sums things up very nicely in today’s Daily Telegraph with this front-page cartoon. In such a British tongue-in-cheek way, it captures the zeitgeist surrounding two highly topical and opinion-provoking events that have dominated the mainstream media during the past week. One is pretty serious, the other looks as if it is but really, it isn’t. The serious story is the one surrounding ex-Royal Bank of Scotland CEO Sir Fred Goodwin. It’s been making headlines every day…

Presenting social media in context

Yesterday morning I had the pleasure of participating in an online event that involved delivering a one-hour presentation that Finnish entrepreneur and communicator Andrea Vascellari recorded for use as part of his firm’s Open Innocell project. Open Innocell, is a project iTive started to work on in the beginning of 2008. During last year we helped 12 regions around Finland to share their best practices and develop their organizations with the help of social media and web 2.0 tools. The…

The Hobson and Holtz Report – Podcast #426: February 26, 2009

Content summary: CDs for first-time commenters; upcoming FIR Interview; Shel at the East Bay Social Media Breakfast; Neville talks to Stuart Bruce at the Wolfstar party in London; Dan York reports on a career development and the Gmail outage; the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop; News That Fits: New research shows B2B buyers have very high social participation, Ryanair and the ‘idiot bloggers’, Annenberg research on impact of recession on PR, why ghost blogging is wrong; listeners’ comments discussion including…

The finger from Ryanair

This is either another indicator of organizational arrogance, or a sign that some very odd people work at the company, but take a look at what’s happening with Ryanair. Either way, it’s a huge public relations cock-up. If you’re a user of the Irish budget airline’s website and then write a blog post about your experience with it and finding a bug, complete with screenshots, here’s a taste of what you can expect from Ryanair if they come a-visiting and…

Ignore the noise

Plenty of heaving shoulders and taking deep breaths this week over some of the utter drivel published in the mainstream media about Twitter and other social media. It’s mostly about Twitter, though. There’s so much of it – it’s not just the Daily Mail – that it’s hard to know where to start in commenting about any of it. Luckily, I can refer to Lloyd Davis’ excellent post that, to quote Lloyd’s own words, joins up some of the dots.…

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