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Entries from October 31st, 2008

Can you stop taking credit for everything?

October 31st, 2008 · 7 Comments · Social Media

So to get you all up to speed on the subject of this post (especially those living outside the UK), two “comedians” on the BBC have gotten into hot water for a prank call (in poor taste) on a radio show. Initially there were a small number of listener complaints but some UK newspapers (potentially […]

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The life of the indignant comment spammer

October 29th, 2008 · 4 Comments · Social Media

A rather amusing incident occurred today. I was beavering away on one of my work related blogs when within minutes of a post going live, a new comment appeared. The comment was relevant to the post, but then I noticed that the “commenter’s” URL was clearly comment spam – I obviously won’t reproduce it here. […]

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Where’s Web 2.0’s stamina?

October 24th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Social Media

You know it never ceases to amaze me the attention deficit that infects the world of Web 2.0. In 2003-2004 blogging was going to kill journalism and destroy traditional media because here was a way to publish information fast – and more importantly anyone with access to an Internet connection could publish their thoughts and […]

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It’s the week for them obviously…

October 24th, 2008 · No Comments · Public Relations

You know we should all try and be more reasonable here, there are too many people taking themselves too seriously online. I hope I’m not turning into one of them. Post my last rant, this e-mail appeared today: “As a blogger on public relations or marketing, you may be interested in commenting on the…”   […]

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Rant: How you can showcase how you don’t understand the basics of online PR or web 2.0

October 22nd, 2008 · 9 Comments · Public Relations

Ahem.  Now you may know that I can be something of a contrarian when it comes to all the unbridled excitement you often find associated with “Web 2.0” but let’s park that for the moment.  If you’re thinking about starting a blog then it’s probably a good idea to do a quick search and discover […]

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Social networks for PR and media, online video, future of news, blog product reviews and web 2.0.. what’s that all about?

October 22nd, 2008 · 1 Comment · Public Relations, Social Media

Rex Riepe was in touch about the launch of a new social network for PR people and journalists called IvyLee. From the site: IvyLees seeks to revolutionize the way PR professionals and journalists interact. The site provides a tool-based social network at no cost, an exciting alternative to traditional media tools. Members can distribute and […]

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Anxiety, why you should sleep on it and how bad news travels…

October 17th, 2008 · No Comments · Public Relations

I was in a great all-day meeting today…. it’s not often that I’d put those words in that order. But it was a great meeting (are you allowed by positive about anything anymore?).  During the day I heard a fantastic definition of anxiety, which I thought was apt given the current economic gloom:   “Anxiety […]

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Late: Three inspirational communicators

October 9th, 2008 · No Comments · Public Relations

Back in August, Simon Wakeman tagged me for a meme on my top three inspirational communicators. Due to the vagaries of the new WordPress dashboard (which is sadly appalling at tracking incoming links) I missed it. So, months late, I’m cheating and here are my thr-our. Randy Pausch – The late Randy Pausch‘s last lecture […]

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PR blog posts crash and Is my work here complete?…

October 8th, 2008 · No Comments · Public Relations

I’m delighted to report that wading through my RSS reader this evening was a lot less stressful than usual.  It appears that the combination of the US presidential election and the continuing global economic uncertainty have combined to reduce the volume of PR blog posts this week… Or… maybe neither events have anything to do […]

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Treat technology as you would a friend…

October 3rd, 2008 · 2 Comments · Social Media

I have to admit I enjoy it when the online discussion moves from the ethereal norm to something that reflects reality. The issue of information overload and the use of technology, is something that impacts everyone today. When we talk about “social media” and how “Web 2.0” will change PR, one of the key issues […]

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