A guide to writing for the world

Updated on June 15, 2013 Much of what we write these days is for publication electronically in some form. Email, text messages, Twitter, social network walls, blog posts, web pages, you name it, we’re writing it. With so many people writing so much stuff, often in languages that are second to them, it’s amazing everyone understands it all. Maybe that’s a reflection of the flexibility of the structure and syntax of languages like English where you can usually get away…

FIR Speakers and Speeches: Rob Shimmin at Dell B2B Social Media Huddle

The second Dell B2B Social Media Huddle (hashtag: #dellb2b) took place at Microsoft in London on May 25, 2010. The aim of the one-day event was to bring together senior in-house communications and marketing professionals to exchange and share experiences on business-to-business social media for mutual benefit. Each of the presentations, and some of the unconference sessions, were live-broadcast via UStream (see the video recordings) and audio-recorded for FIR Speakers & Speeches podcasts. In this FIR Speakers & Speeches podcast,…

The Hobson and Holtz Report – Podcast #553: June 28, 2010

Content summary: Shel’s on his own in Atlanta; two surveys for FIR listeners to take; review of Charlene Li’s Open Leadership is coming; listener comments; 5 minutes on… BPGlobalPR Twitter account inspires a similar effort aimed at ATT, the 15 most hated companies in America include Dell, study says people trust companies on Twitter; the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop; News That Fits: why you should think twice about location-based services, Michael Netzley reports from Asia; Mark Story reports on…

The Russian president tweets

The Russian government has started a presence on Twitter in the form of two accounts under the name of the ‘President of Russia,’ one in Russian and one in English. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev tweeted his first thoughts yesterday in the type of greeting message often seen by people starting out on Twitter: Hello everyone! I’m on Twitter, and this is my first tweet. Subsequent English-language tweets have been somewhat bland and pretty safe (eg, "Russia will continue to do…

The Hobson and Holtz Report – Podcast #552: June 21, 2010

Content summary: FIR video interview and demo of IABC Discovery posted, plus another FIR Speakers & Speeches podcast from the Dell B2B event in London; listener comment and Friendfeed FIR Room round-up; 5 minutes on… Forrester’s call for help with their enterprise social media survey, the social media era ends in 2012, an execution tweeted, ExxonMobil launches a corporate blog; News That Fits: Gatorade’s social media mission control, Dan York reports, Rolls-Royce communications director says "social media is a complete…

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