One of the most credible articles I've read this year on what's happening with live online video appeared in the Guardian last week. Written by Jerry Daykin, a global digital partner at Carat UK, the feature describes a complex landscape where live-video tools like Periscope, Facebook Live Video and Snapchat enable individuals to create and share content on-demand, yet highlights an issue that could have a big impact on how this landscape continues to evolve: A growing problem for social … [Read more...] about Lights, camera, action: the unexpected rise of live online video
There are some telling comments in a report about artifical intelligence that was published in the Guardian last October that has given me pause to think frequently about that place where AI and human intelligence intersect and/or collide: It is relatively easy to create a learning brain but we don’t yet know how to create a heart or a soul. In a recent talk at the New Yorker festival MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito asserted that “humans are really good at things computers are not.” It's a pair … [Read more...] about What will become of empathy in a world of smart machines?
This article titled "Digital agencies must learn how to speak the CEO’s language" was written by Brandon Geary, for theguardian.com on Thursday 11th February 2016 16.00 UTCIt was Hewlett-Packard co-founder David Packard who said that marketing is too important to be left to the marketing department – that senior execs must make it their mission as well. But we must update that sentiment. Digital now has become too important to be left to the marketing department and the chief marketing officer … [Read more...] about Digital agencies must learn how to speak the CEO’s language
Barclaycard is to roll out a range of wearable payment devices that can be used to make ‘touch and go’ contactless payments across the UK, following the launch of its bPay wristband last year. The card issuer's announcement yesterday notes that each device - an updated wristband, key fob and sticker - will use contactless payment technology and be powered by a secure digital wallet. Barclaycard - part of Barclays Retail and Business Banking - is a global payment business. The devices can … [Read more...] about Barclays expands contactless wearables
The news yesterday that Twitter CEO Dick Costolo is stepping down from that leadership role next month has attracted widespread commentary and opinion, not least on Twitter itself. There's credible opinions that Costolo is going because he hasn't evolved Twitter as many observers and critics expected or believe he should have. Indeed, the stock market greeted yesterday's announcement with a 10 percent rise in Twitter's share price at one point. An analysis in the Guardian today - you can … [Read more...] about Dick Costolo: Twitter unfollows the leader as social milestones are missed
News that The Guardian newspaper is planning to aggregate its presence on the web under a single entry point, theguardian.com domain, is an interesting milestone for a mainstream medium whose innovation in extending its presence and brand beyond its traditional printed newspaper origins in the UK makes it a stand-out among mainstream publishers. A web address change may not seem like that big a deal. But if you're a content publisher putting out the type of content online that attracts … [Read more...] about Guardian to launch new platform to streamline access to web content
A discussion topic in episode 701 of the FIR podcast, published today, looks at a question asked in the Metro newspaper last week: should British politicians take notes from Barack Obama’s campaign team? The Metro's excellent report looked at the key role social media played - especially Twitter - in both of the US president's election campaigns in 2008 and 2012 in enabling direct engagement with reporters and opinion-makers as well as with voters in communities across the United States (see … [Read more...] about Number 10 hands out Twitter exclusives to favoured journalists
The Guardian's report on plans by the Press Complaints Commission (PCC), the UK's mainstream print-media regulator, to include tweets made by journalists in its regulatory remit shouldn't be a surprise to any observer of the contemporary and rapidly-evolving media landscape. As the Guardian reports, the PCC thinks some tweets by journalists would be considered as part of a newspaper's editorial content and, therefore, subject to existing regulation covering such content. It wants media … [Read more...] about PCC seeks to regulate press Twitter feeds