The Hobson and Holtz Report – Podcast #770: August 25, 2014

Quick News: Go through US Customs Control with just an app on your iPhone, browser extension exposes native ads, the 25 most popular mobile apps in the US, Adam Carolla settles patent troll’s suit over podcasting; Ragan promo; News That Fits: Should a PR firm reflect the client’s demographics when that client is the City of Ferguson?; Dan York’s Tech Report: the Twitter timeline, SoundCloud; Sky News’ digital platform for 16-25 year olds ahead of 2015 UK general election; the…

Weighing up the worth of sharing AP content or not

A news item on Techmeme caught my eye, so I clicked to read it. “Oregon sues Oracle over failed health care website,” the headline said, linking to a report by the Associated Press about a lawsuit against Oracle filed by the US state of Oregon alleging some pretty serious malfeasance on Oracle’s part over a health care website. It’s the kind of business story that interests me, and one I tend to share on Twitter as some of my community…

Scaling visual messaging and the attraction for marketers

The rise of mobile messaging apps like WhatsApp – used by at least 500,000,000 people a month around the world who share 700 million photos and 100 million videos every single day – is one growing facet of a multi-dimensioned object that I call “the visual social web.” It’s not a separate thing to the social web; rather, it’s a part of it that I think will have greater significance to people who use such a service, because it’s about…

FIR Interview: Melissa Agnes and Gerard Braud debate “going dark” with social media in a crisis

Social media has become a standard component of crisis communication efforts. In an August 6 blog post, crisis communications and media training consultant Gerard Braud of Braud Communications argued that there could be crisis situations in which institutions would be best served by taking down their Facebook page or other social media outposts. Looking at the flood of negative, critical, and even outrageous comments left to Emory Healthcare’s Facebook page after the hospital began treating an Ebola victim, Braud concluded,…

The Hobson and Holtz Report – Podcast #769: August 18, 2014

Updated on August 23, 2014 New FIR interview coming this week with Gerard Braud and Melissa Agnes, authors of posts with conflicting views of using social media in a crisis; FIR Podcast Network host Chuck Hester appeared on TWiT’s The Social Hour as a LinkedIn expert; alert to IABC members: servers suffered a cyber-attack, no passwords or credit cards compromised, make sure your virus protection is up-to-date asks Executive Director Carlos Fulcher; Quick News: Marking ten years since episode one…

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