Five stories for Friday

Content that arrived in my RSS reader this morning presents many interesting things that are going on in business, communication and technology. And so little time to comment on them today other than in passing. While I share links to content I find interesting in my Google Reader account (aka my link blog which you can subscribe to), I wanted to note some of that content here, as much a marker for my own reference as it might be of…

Diminishing care about politics

Yesterday’s gaffe by Prime Minister Gordon Brown – he made disparaging private comments about a voter with whom he said publicly he’d had an enjoyable conversation, forgetting  that his radio microphone was still live – is all over the mainstream media this morning, as you might expect. It’s also all over the social space especially Twitter. Here’s what comes up on a tweetcloud of the election hashtag #ukelection: My own view is that Gordon Brown’s behaviour was disappointing, showing disrespect…

The Hobson and Holtz Report – Podcast #544: April 26, 2010

Content summary: Neville’s solo on Sunday and Shel’s on a plane; FIR Interview with Kelly Hoey published, Katie Paine’s NewComm Forum session is up; Shel’s review of NewComm Forum 2010; Neville looks at celebrity iPhone apps and Google Maps Navigation; a shout out to Effective Edge Communications for the revised FIR banner; listener comments; News That Fits: Marriott launches virtual meetings, how social media helped travellers during the Iceland volcano crisis, the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop, Michael Netzley in…

Earthquakes and wisdom of the crowd

Last week, a senior Iranian cleric claimed that earthquakes are caused by the promiscuous behaviour of women. Such a claim produced guffaws and countless Twitter retweets in probably most places outside Iran. Now Mashable reports on how a Facebook group called Boobquake plans to test the cleric’s theory through an event taking place today. Mashable says it’s designed to embarrass the cleric if a significant increase in earthquakes does not occur. […] The event has more than 177,000 “confirmed” guests…

Love for the Cadbury brand

There’s quite a bit of talk about Cadbury – an iconic British brand controversially snapped up earlier this year by US food giant Kraft – becoming a presence on the High Street with Cadbury-branded outlets that, some say, would compete directly with the likes of Starbucks. BrandRepublic samples street opinion: Summary: everyone loves the Cadbury brand. But enough to cough up the cash? Terrific ad hoc feedback, direct and natural. I hope Kraft is listening to this. Related posts: The…

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