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Important Facebook Changes And Why You Should Care

In an effort to become the center of the social hub and violate your privacy (which, incidentally, Facebook doesn’t believe in anyway), Facebook made some interesting changes recently to…well, nearly everything. As a marketer and, more importantly, your friend, I just want to point a few things out that may be of interest to you.

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Facebook changed its privacy policy AGAIN. You may want to check to see how much of your information is shared on Facebook to people who aren’t your friends. And I mean friends in the Facebookian sense, not, you know, real friends. Visit your profile while you are NOT logged in and see how much of your information you can see. My guess is, you’ll see a whole lot more than you thought. You can change this in the privacy settings. You should all do this. Facebook makes it a point not to widely announce these changes to the average user, so people who want to protect their info should regularly check to see what the privacy settings are. When the Internet nerd herd raises alarm bells about this, I’ll try to keep you in the loop.

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Friday Frivolity – Web Site Story

Geek dinners tend to resort to nerdy talk about tech news, the latest shiny social media gadget, and the latest social networking stories and stats. In our space, it also tends to turn into a discussion of the latest PR and marketing gaffes. It is called a Geek Dinner, after all.

I was pleased, while in Toronto last week for a vacation with my wife, when she agreed to join me for such a meet up with some of Toronto’s PR and marketing best, Donna Papacosta, Dave Fleet, Martin Waxman, Ed Lee, and fellow FHers David Bradfield and Eden Spodek. It was a blast to meet some of my coworkers face-to-face finally and shake hands with some of my inspirations and corporate rivals. Bonus, my wife even enjoyed it, so she says.

Donna, in addition to organizing the whole thing, tipped me off to this hilarious gem from College Humor that turns West Side Story into…well, I imagine what a Geek Dinner Musical would sound like. Thanks to all for making the trip downtown for the meet up.

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The Rundown with Shel Holtz and Neville Hobson-Part II

TheRundown Welcome to the Rundown Podcast. Here I give and get The Rundown on social media and all things Public Relations and Digital marketing on the web.

Episode 4 of The Rundown Podcast features part two of my discussion of podcasting with communication and podcast rockstars – Shel Holtz (@shel) and Neville Hobson (@jangles) from the For Immediate Release series of podcasts. They recently released the results of their listener survey, which spurred a detailed discussion of podcasting past, present and future…

I also welcome back Ashley Mead in a new segment I’ve dubbed: Calling You – at a Moment’s Notice! Ashley’s got an interesting new hobby that really gives you the perspective from 15,000 feet.

The Rundown with Shel Holtz and Neville Hobson – Part II


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  • 00:00 Music by Me
  • 00:40 Welcome
  • 01:19 Calling You – at a Moment’s Notice! Starring Ashley Mead
  • 04:50 Segue into the podcast discussion with Shel Holtz and Neville Hobson
  • 04:56 Podcasting as niche vs widespread adoption for podcasts
  • 05:55 Podcast Community Catalyst
  • 08:00 Global podcast perspective
  • 08:55 Podcast education
  • 10:41 Podcast technology vs. podcast disinterest
  • 11:44 Audio Blogging
  • 13:57 Rise of Video Blogging
  • 14:20 Big Media – independent podcasters vs. mainstream media
  • 17:24 What is podcasting really vs. what is podcasting ideally
  • 18:21 State of podcasting
  • 19:50 Podcasting is dead
  • 21:51 Where can we find them?
  • 22:22 Break
  • 22:29 Farewell
  • 22:51 Mr. Media rolls us out.

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Friday Frivolity – Google Roommate

With all of the exciting things being released from Google recently, including the convoluted, yet promising Google Wave, the experimental organized search-relevancy tool that is Google Squared, and the promise of Chrome on Mac and Linux, Google is certainly making strides to bury the release of Microsoft’s search engine Bing continue to be the a powerhouse in search and Internet-based collaboration.

So, what else will Google continue to provide to us – and at what cost? Check out ROOMMATES – Episode 1 from the boys at The Big Honkin, a hilarious adventure when Google becomes their roommate.

I’m looking forward to more, because as Google continues to roll out new services, Google Roommate may not be far behind. Hat tip agian to my colleauge and Internet bloodhound (in the nicest way) JayVee for pointing this out to me.

Friday Frivolity – Transparency, Trust, and You

Dilbert.com

On the web, transparency and trust matter. Reputation management is increasingly important since, every day, the control of the message slips further out of the corporate grasp. Think about what messages you and your company are broadcasting. Then think about what you and your company are actually doing. Then think about what people actually say about you. Do any of them match up?

The netizens of the Interwebs have a funny way of sniffing out the truth of the matter and reporting it, which can seriously damage your reputation and ultimately consumer trust. Not that you work for or run Dilbert’s company. Nor would you do those sorts of things, right? Right?!

But more importantly, do you even know what people online are saying about you? Perception becomes reality – right or wrong. And while the control of your brand is fundamentally out of your hands, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be monitoring and engaging with people who do have that control. That’s why it’s called reputation management, not control.

Now, go have a good weekend, but keep the Google Alerts coming.

The Rundown with Shel Holtz and Neville Hobson-Part I

TheRundown Welcome to the Rundown Podcast. Here I give and get The Rundown on social media and all things Public Relations and Digital marketing on the web.

Episode 3 of The Rundown Podcast features part one of a discussion of podcasting with two of my favorite podcasters – Shel Holtz (@shel) and Neville Hobson (@jangles) from the For Immediate Release series of podcasts. They recently released the results of their listener survey, which spurred a detailed discussion of podcasting past, present and future…

The Rundown with Shel Holtz and Neville Hobson – Part I


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  • 00:00 Face off
  • 00:41 Welcome
  • 01:33 Comments? Suggestions?
  • 01:50 Segue
  • 02:00 Welcome, again
  • 02:20 Introduction of Neville and Shel
  • 05:00 The FIR Listener Survey – why release the survey results?
  • 07:29 Changes to The Hobson & Holtz Report?
  • 08:20 Length
  • 09:05 Podsafe Music – Really?
  • 11:40 RSS vs. iTunes
  • 13:49 iPod vs. iPhone
  • 16:02 Conversation Rules
  • 17:03 Podcast Stats – Downloads vs. Listeners
  • 18:37 Is content still king? (eMarketer study Podcasting Into the Mainstream, March 2009)
  • 21:07 Diversity in audience – why and how?
  • 22:57 Podcast listenership
  • 25:21 Break
  • 25:30 Luke pimps these other podcasts:

Don’t hesitate to send in audio or text comments, questions, feedback and anything else that suits your fancy. I reserve the right, of course, to play or read any and all of your comments as well as delete them without a second thought. But don’t let that stop you from giving it a shot!

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Friday Frivolity: Celebrity Twitter Overkill

In this sequel to Twouble with Twitters from Current_’s SuperNews, Twitter jumps the, uh…whale and Darren…well, you’ll just have to see.

Which character are YOU in this interpretive animated sketch? The Celebrity? The Skeptic? The Pusher? The Flock of Sheep?

Even more important, which group does your audience, client, customer, vendor, or potential customer belong to? How will you reach them? Is this even a way to reach them? Before latching on to the next shiny new thing, let’s stop, look and listen to make sure we’re on target, on strategy, and on message.


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Hat tip to JayVee for flagging this video for me.

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