The Hobson and Holtz Report – Podcast #634: January 16, 2012

Content summary: Update on SOPA; FIR Interviews posted: with John Clemons, interim IABC Executive Director, and a Google+ Hangout video interview with Stuart Bruce and Phil Gomes on Wikipedia and PR; inaugural FIR Book Club date reminder: January 27; review of Social Media Strategist coming soon; GaggleAmp webinar January 31; two winners of latest GaggleAmp/FIR contest; News That Fits: three candidates for new PR definition; Ragan promo; Dan York reports on the Consumer Electronics Show, and more; the state of PR; the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop; Facebook shows relentless global growth; Michael Netzley reports from Singapore on Reputation Institute white paper on how companies in China can build competitive reputations; listener comments; TemboSocial promo; Walgreens turns to paid social media warriors in battle with Expressscript; music from Andy’s Doomsday Device; and more.

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For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report for January 16, 2011: A 72-minute podcast recorded live from Concord, California, USA, and Wokingham, Berkshire, England.

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So, until Monday January 23…

(Cross-posted from For Immediate Release, Shel’s and my podcast blog.)

Neville Hobson

Social Strategist, Communicator, Writer, and Podcaster with a curiosity for tech and how people use it. Believer in an Internet for everyone. Early adopter (and leaver) and experimenter with social media. Occasional test pilot of shiny new objects. Avid tea drinker.