Social Web Update 11.03.19


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A weekly annotated curation of significant social web platform developments from the previous week, with links and carping marginalia as needed . . . Posted every Monday morning or thereabouts.  
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Facebook’s reputation continues to take it on the chin for reasons that are common knowledge, including security breaches, the Cambridge Analytica scandal, facilitating the spread of misinformation during elections and concerns about privacy protection. Which may explain Mark Zuckerberg’s release last Wednesday of what is being called a “privacy-focused vision for social networking.”

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Facebook

Facebook inaugurated a new separate section for ‘memorialized accounts’ called ‘Tributes’ on which people can share their memories of someone who has died. As Mashable explains “When an owner of a Facebook account dies, the social network often turns it into a ‘memorialized account’, a special type of profile which can only be moderated by the so called ‘legacy accounts,’ had Continue reading "Social Web Update 11.03.19"

Social Web Update 25.02.19


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For the first time, digital ad spending is outstripping ad spending on traditional media. And the gap is expected to widen according to a February 2019 study by eMarketer thanks largely to expenditures on Facebook and Google. Only four years ago, “digital advertising was just half the size of the “traditional” ad industry four years ago in 2015” says Kurt Wagner at Recode which reported on the study.

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Instagram

It’s just a test, but according to Natt Garun at The Verge app researcher Jane Manchun Wong has uncovered an experiment on Instagram with adding a donation sticker for its Stories feature “The feature seems similar to what Facebook offers with its fundraising and donation tools for charity or Continue reading "Social Web Update 25.02.19"

Social Web Update 18.02.19


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Although this is a screenshot from an infographic rather than my usual chart, it does have some useful numbers for social media strategists. (You may need a magnifying glass to read them admittedly.) Not sure I agree that 9 hashtags are ideal, especially if they are irrelevant to the content. But I’m not an expert in hashtagology. The full infographic from Social Media Today can be found here (with easier to read text).

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Twitter

As it tries to keep up with Instagram and Snapchat, Twitter is working on an enhanced camera featured called ‘News Camera’ “that’s accessible with a swipe from the home screen and allows you to overlay captions on photos, videos, and Live broadcasts before Continue reading "Social Web Update 18.02.19"

Social Web Update 04.02.19


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Now here’s some good news . . . so to speak. The 2019 Edelman Trust Barometer reports that there has been a sizeable — and meaningful — increase in how many of us consume and amplify news on a regular basis. Whether as evidence of maturing news consumption habits, or abject fear of what partisan right-wing politics is doing to our world, it’s good to see we appear to be paying attention!

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Tumblr

Not much usually happens at Tumblr when it comes to new features or updates. But last week it had quite the facelift. Driven by the need to meet higher accessibility standards, Tumblr has made its “inaccessible menus are more accessible, we fixed our poorly described elements, and increased Continue reading "Social Web Update 04.02.19"

Social Web Update 28.01.19


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A weekly annotated curation of significant social web platform developments from the previous week, with links and carping marginalia as needed . . . Posted every Monday morning or thereabouts.  

Instagram

In reality this announcement is a Netflix update. You can now share movies and shows to your Instagram Story directly from the Netflix mobile app. TechCrunch’s Sarah Perez writes that “The feature will add the title’s custom art to a users’ Instagram Story, where it remains visible for 24 hours. The Story can also be customized with other options, like a user poll, for example . . . If the viewer has the Netflix app installed on their iPhone, they’ll see a “watch on Netflix” link in the Story that takes them to the show’s or movie’s page in the Netflix app when tapped.”

Facebook

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Social Web Update 14.01.19


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A weekly annotated curation of significant social web platform developments from the previous week, with links and carping marginalia as needed . . . Posted every Monday morning or thereabouts.  
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Could this be the year that ‘voice’ takes over again as Alexa, Google Home or Facebook’s Portal usage becomes more widespread (remember when we used to ‘call’ people on phones) and with podcasts set to go mainstream according to some?  A study referenced (improperly indexed by the author) in a VentureHarbour article called “20 Digital Marketing Stats You Need To Know In 2019”, makes the point that nearly 60% of people have started using voice for search in the past year.

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LinkedIn

If you live in China and are using or intending to use LinkedIn, you’ll have to be prepared to surrender your phone number. Rita Laio at TechCrunch discovered that LinkedIn “is requiring both new Continue reading "Social Web Update 14.01.19"

Social Web Update 24.12.18


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A weekly annotated curation of significant social web platform developments from the previous week, with links and carping marginalia as needed . . . Posted every Monday morning or thereabouts.  
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Statista: The Statistics Portal reported in November that revenue in Canada’s social media advertising segment amounts to US$2,279m in 2018, and that “revenue is expected to show an annual growth rate (CAGR 2018-2023) of 20.8%, resulting in a market volume of US$5,872m by 2023.”

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Facebook

A couple of Facebook announcements on the weekend of December 15th undermined my claim to rigorous curation artistry. I missed the “addition of a web browser, plus some of Messenger’s Instant Games like Battleship, Draw Something, Sudoku and Words With Friends” to Facebook’s smart display video chat screen called Portal (which isn’t setting sales records as yet). Nick Statt at The Verge commented that the new web browser “opens up Continue reading "Social Web Update 24.12.18"

For Immediate Release 147: Tell Me a (Facebook) Story


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Neville Hobson joined FIR host Shel Holtz for the July edition of “The Hobson & Holtz Report” and conversation about these topics:
  • Starbucks and plastic straws (listener comment from Kris Gallagher)
  • British Airways asks customers to post personal data on Twitter ‘to comply with GDPR’
  • Will Facebook Stories (and Instagram Stories, Messenger Stories, WhatsApp Stories, and Snapchat Stories) change how marketers use social media?
  • Whatever the EU does about copyright laws, expect it to change social media globally
  • Chatrooms come out of closed beta at Reddit
  • Facebook has suspended Crimson Hexagon from accessing data while it investigates how that data is being used
  • New buyers of smart speakers want to reduce the amount of time they spend looking at screens
Also, Gini Dietrich shares her thoughts on companies shrugging off the “E” in the PESO model she helped develop, Dan York has his Tech Report, and more. Special thanks to 
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Twitter removes fake followers to build trust in follower counts


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Twitter profile If you’ve noticed a sudden drop in the number of people following you on Twitter, the likeliest reason would be action taken by Twitter last week as part of its efforts to build trust and confidence in follower counts – the number of people who follow others on the social network. In an announcement posted on July 11, Twitter said it had begun a global action to remove suspicious accounts from users’ followers, describing it as a step to improve Twitter and ensure everyone can have confidence in their followers.
As a result, the number of followers displayed on many profiles may go down. Most people will see a change of four followers or fewer; others with larger follower counts will experience a more significant drop. We understand this may be hard for some, but we believe accuracy and transparency make Twitter a more trusted service for public conversation.
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For Immediate Release 118: Longer tweets, creepy tweets, and tweetstorms


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For Immediate Release 118: Longer tweets, creepy tweets, and tweetstorms
Phones Shel Holtz and I recorded the December edition of the monthly Hobson & Holtz Report podcast. It is the final FIR episode of 2017: FIR will return on January 8, 2018, in an all-new format. Listen to this episode for details! This month’s topics:
  • A group of UK newspapers using robots to help write stories
  • Research that found higher engagement for tweets that took advantage of the new 280 character count
  • Storify, a great curation tool aimed at journalists, is shutting down
  • GoFundMe is changing the shape of disaster relief
  • The FCC’s comment server was flooded with fake comments
  • Netflix sent out a tweet that many found creepy (but was it really?)
  • Dan York reports on Twitter’s new tweetstorm tool, the new ability to follow hashtags on Instagram, and Facebook opening its AR studio to more people

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For Immediate Release 113: Not a 280-Character Episode


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For Immediate Release 113: Not a 280-Character Episode
appiiscreens Shel and I recorded the November edition of the monthly Hobson & Holtz Report podcast. We had a great chinwag on these topics:
  • A follow-up to our KFC story (about 11 herbs and spices); the social media team struck again.
  • Twitter has made its new expanded 280 character count available to almost everyone. Not everyone is happy about it.
  • Uber’s new CEO took an investigator’s advice and scrapped the company’s old values statements. Instead of simply crafting a new one, he crowdsourced it to his employees, who responded in a big way.
  • The traditional media thinks the fake news problem is elevating trust in the traditional media. Audiences don’t agree.
  • When pregnant US mums get information from a website with social media elements, they’re more likely to get their children vaccinated and keep those vaccinations up to date. There are
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Twitter offers richer scope with 280 characters


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Twitter offers richer scope with 280 characters
Twitter Since Twitter first appeared in 2006, the notion of sharing your thoughts and those of others in a concise 140-character message you can create and share from myriad devices has become an enduring aspect of the social web. Today for many, it’s an essential communication tool that enables direct and unfiltered connection between individuals that results in engagement and even relationships. For others, it’s seen as a marketing channel that pays only lip service to authenticity. And for others still, it’s a dark place filled with fake news, misinformation and propaganda. One thing many of its roughly 100 million global daily active users might agree about is that Twitter can be a challenge to get a message across in only 140 characters. It often requires some smart thinking about words, grammar and meaning, requiring clever editing to get all you want
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Social media stars breaching rules on promoting brands, watchdog says


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Social media stars breaching rules on promoting brands, watchdog says
songofstyle Instagram The Guardian reports on a rise in complaints to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), the UK advertising regulator, who says ‘influencers’ on social media sites such as Instagram and Twitter fail to declare that they are being paid to publicise products. The newspaper defines ‘influencers’ thus:
Social media celebrities who have large and engaged followings online. They get paid money to publicise products and can command tens of thousands for one post.
This is about disclosure where the influencer publicising a product or service would makes it clear in his or her post that there’s some kind of relationship with the brand owner and/or that the influencer receives compensation for that post, financial or otherwise. It’s common sense to disclose such relationships, to ensure there’s no ambiguity and to improve transparency. In our current climate of fake news
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A Real-Time Conversation About AI and the Future of Work


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   I recently had one of the most fast-paced, fun and provocative conversations I had in a while. It wasn’t something that happened in IRL. Instead, this real-time conversation took place on Twitter.  Organized by Cognizant and Pega prior to #Pegaworld2017, I joined Ben Pring, author of What To Do When Machines do Everything as well as Cogizant and Pega executives, to explore the unfolding reality of  AI and its role in the future of work and more importantly, the overall impact on the future of business. Seriously. This was an action-packed event. While there were only 8 questions, the answers from Ben, me, along with those from Cognizant, Pega and all who participated, were as fast and furious as they were deep and meaningful. I wanted to share at least my stream with you. I also included the full Twitter Moments below. I would love to hear your
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Mastodon, the hot new social network like Twitter, kind of


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Mastodon, the hot new social network like Twitter, kind of
Mastodon instances
A new social network started up six months ago and began picking up speed last week as it echoes the early days of Twitter. It’s called Mastodon and was born out of frustration with changes being made on Twitter, according to an interview with founder Eugen Rochko in The Verge.
Last year, after Twitter began moving away from a purely chronological feed, Rochko began building the back end for what would become Mastodon. Instead of building a unified service, Rochko envisioned something more like email, or RSS: a distributed system that lets you send public messages to anyone who follows you on the service. Anyone can create a server and host their own instance of Mastodon, and Mastodon works in the background to connect them.
The idea of a federated social network like Mastodon is a
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How Twitter Works – a legal opinion


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How Twitter Works – a legal opinion

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Most reasonable people are aware that if you publicly publish something defamatory about someone else that is false, you can be sued for libel. If you lose the legal case, it can be expensive for you in terms of damage to your reputation as well as a financial cost.

(Related: the difference between libel and slander in UK law.)

And I’d add that most reasonable people are also aware that the same rules on libel apply to all methods of public communication, including online.

So, for instance, if you tweet something bad about someone that’s false, they can sue you for libel. Which is precisely what happened in the case of Jack Monroe vs Katie Hopkins, the judgement of which was published on March 10 by the High Court of Justice.

Briefly, the case involved two tweets posted in 2015 by Katie Hopkins

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Vine was always going to wither, while Twitter native video, Facebook and Instagram all flourish


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RIP Vine. As soon as Twitter announces that it’ll give Vine more than a heavy prune, it seems that people get all nostalgic about the whole thing. The likes of Wired, BBC Newsbeat, Metro and Sports Illustrated (and dozens more) have written moist-eyed tributes to the six-second video publishing platform. Actually you’ll struggle to find anyone who’s […]

Vine was always going to wither, while Twitter native video, Facebook and Instagram all flourish


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RIP Vine. As soon as Twitter announces that it’ll give Vine more than a heavy prune, it seems that people get all nostalgic about the whole thing. The likes of Wired, BBC Newsbeat, Metro and Sports Illustrated (and dozens more) have written moist-eyed tributes to the six-second video publishing platform. Actually you’ll struggle to find anyone who’s […]

#FridayFive: PR and Digital News Roundup [September 23 2016]


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This week in March Communications #FridayFive, we uncover the latest in PR, social and digital news, specifically: why leading PR firm chose Facebook at Work as a collaboration tool, Twitter finally allowing longer tweets, the key to podcasting in PR, the important social media news you should know and key questions you should ask a client before getting started. Why a Leading PR Firm Chose Facebook at WorkWhy a Leading PR Firm Chose Facebook at Work September 15, 2016 – CIO When Facebook released a live-video feature for Facebook at Work, Weber Shandwick was one of the first companies to put it to use. The service hasn’t replaced the PR firm’s other collaboration tools (yet), but it is quickly gaining traction. Twitter’s New, Longer Tweets Have ArrivedTwitter's New, Longer Tweets Have Arrived September 19, 2016 – The Verge Media attachments including images, GIFs, videos and polls will no longer count against the 140-character limit on Twitter. The Key to Podcasting in PR: ListenThe Key to Podcasting in PR: Listen September 19
Social Media News Will Affect Communications Planning
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The Power (and Perils) of ‘No Comment’


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The Power (and Perils) of 'No Comment'We live in a media landscape fueled by social rumor, speculation and fact-free conclusion. Depending on your relationship to the story going through the meat grinder in today’s news cycle, it’s either a lot of fun to watch or deeply horrifying. (Sometimes both, simultaneously, let’s be honest.) For brands, it’s the perfect environment for two little words – “no comment” – to take on a life of their own and spiral out of control. But sometimes they feel unavoidable. Last week, Twitter experienced a textbook case of the “no comment” spiral when a board member answered the question of whether the company can continue independently with a simple “no comment.” In Twitter’s case, the blurt actually resulted in an explosion of social media speculation about its true meaning and a 6 percent boost to its lagging share price. It was a clear demonstration of the power of speculation
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