Spending most of a week in Sin City

A bit of a dramatic headline, perhaps, but Sin City aka Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, is where I’m headed on Sunday morning on a  Virgin Atlantic flight where I’ll be for most of next week, back here in the UK on Thursday morning. It’s been a few years since I was last in Vegas. Each time I’ve been there, it’s been on business and this upcoming trip is no different. So no ‘sin’ in sight yet I always have a…

Introducing new FIR reporter Mark Story

If you listen to FIR episode #504, you’ll hear a report filed by a new correspondent – long-time listener Mark Story who’s based in Washington, DC. Mark is Director of New Media at the US Securities and Exchange Commission. He’s been the architect behind some interesting public experimentation with social media by the SEC including a Twitter account and live-tweeting an SEC press conference. As a contributor to FIR, Mark’s no stranger. In his guise as Adjunct Professor at Washington’s…

At the extremes with social media in the UK

I agree with Stephen Waddington: if you’re in PR in the UK, Econsultancy’s Social Media and Online PR Report is essential reading. I’ve not yet read the detailed report, published earlier this week, just scanned through the extract freely available on Econsultancy’s website. Plus I’ve absorbed some of the commentary posted by PR influencers such as Wadds and others like Danny Whatmough. One of the metrics especially caught my eye as it accurately reflects what I see as a paradox…

The Hobson and Holtz Report – Podcast #504: November 26, 2009

Content summary: Happy Thanksgiving to our US listeners; welcoming Mark Story as an FIR correspondent; we’re going to try Jeremy Hague’s Vodburner app for Skype video calls; Dan York reports on Google Wave and LinkedIn APIs, and has a neat TweetDeck tip; the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop; News That Fits: When the plug is pulled on BusinessWeek’s bloggers, can a Facebook profile serve as a marketing channel?, the convergence of internet and TV quickens in the UK, did microblogging…

Software should be smarter

Earlier today, I updated a new program I’m trying out – Seesmic for Windows, which I wrote about last week. After the installer had updated the app, I launched it but got an alert from Norton Internet Security 2010. Up popped a security dialog saying “A program is behaving suspiciously on your computer. We recommend that you choose to block and remove it.” As you can see in the screenshot segment (click it to see full image), it’s the Seesmic…

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