Expanding internet choice with .guru and more

This week, a raft of new top-level domains for internet addresses became available for early registration. I was reminded of this in an email a few days ago from GoDaddy, the domain name registrar, suggesting that I might like to acquire a .guru domain before it becomes generally available on February 5. A sort of queue-jump. Looking through the long list of new names – officially known as generic Top-Level Domains, or gTLD – that ICANN has posted, I note…

Making the #CIPRSM redundant

One of the great things about a professional association is that it can be a powerful force for change in taking a leading and proactive stand in helping those in the profession – association members or not – understand and more likely embrace the change if that’s a goal. I see that as a great position the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) is now in with regard to social media and where it fits into the broader organisational communication…

A new guide to help you verify digital content from any source

Verifying facts before publishing a news story is one of the cornerstones of trusted behaviour that we have traditionally expected from the mainstream media. Even in the disruption of traditional sources of news over the past decade – with the rise of social media, of newer sources of news and information that compete with the traditional, of newer digital platforms from which to make news and information available, and in changing behaviours of people from purely consumers to creators (citizen…

The Hobson and Holtz Report – Podcast #740: January 27, 2014

New in the FIR Podcast Network: FIR B2B #1 with Paul Gillin and Allan Schoenberg; Lori Ruff on AMP Up Your Social Media #13 with Glenn Gaudet; FIR Presents Inside PR 361: Justine Sacco, poor judgment and the mob mentality; Linked Conversations with Chuck Hester #7: a chat with “42 Rules” author Chris Muccio; Quick News: Pinterest (which has added animated GIFs) is changing how we blog, UK university accepts payment by Bitcoin for tuition fees, does blogging by marketing…

How to be smart about guest bloggers

Updated on March 9, 2015 Every week, I receive two or three requests to publish guest posts on my blog. The requests come by email from people I don’t know who almost always have a Gmail address, not a recognisable company domain. And there is usually nothing in the email about the person other than a name (which often doesn’t quite match the name in the email address), and no links to any presence on the social web. They offer…

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