Blogger & Vine

Blogger & Vine

It was ten years ago this week that Google acquired Pyra Labs as a means to bolster the company’s Blogger software platform (aka Blogspot). By so doing, the search/ad juggernaut helped hasten in the age of consumer-generated media and with it, a seismic shift in how, when and where people acquire and share news and […]

Newsing the Web

Newsing the Web

We’re in the midst of another one of those mindboggling weeks in New York City for anyone toiling in the PR, marketing, media, and digital arenas. So much to see. So much to do. FourSquare check-ins are swarming. It’s Internet Week! Of course, working stiffs need to be judicious about the events they choose to […]

Digital Reading Room, Spring ’11 Edition

Digital Reading Room, Spring ’11 Edition

With the arrival of spring, I thought the time was ripe to revisit the Digital Reading Room to give this blog’s more literate followers a digital refresh to their bookshelves, Kindles and iPads. (Anyone using a Nook, SONY e-Reader or Galaxy?) The Thank You Economy by Gary Vaynerchuk Engage, Revised and Updated: The Complete Guide […]

Doubting Thomases

Doubting Thomases

Washington Post media columnist and CNN “Reliable Sources” host Howard Kurtz set tongues-a waggin today with his column echoing complaints that President Obama has purposely avoided the White House press corps in order to control his message: “Every president attempts to circumvent the press corps, viewing it as obsessed with process stories and “gotcha” questions. […]

Manage This!

Manage This!

I had totally forgotten about my post two years ago featuring Chief Executive magazine’s then editor Bill Holstein’s rant against PR people. It wasn’t until PR Newser’s Jason Chupick linked back to the “Jennifer and Jasons All” item in his post today based on Mr. Holstein’s latest (yet not-unfounded) first-person diss of a broad swath […]

First Pitch & The Conversation

First Pitch & The Conversation

When PR colleagues ask me to assess the biggest changes in public relations, the conversation invariably turns to direct-to-consumer communications. Not unlike the billions big pharma spends to prod patients toward prescription products (minimizing the physician filter), PR pros also have a new and robust capacity to speak directly to end audiences. They too can […]

Gillmor, Winer, Scoble…

Gillmor, Winer, Scoble…

Shel Israel pointed to his Naked Conversations’ pen pal’s heartfelt post yesterday in which the inimitable blogging A-lister and general good guy Robert Scoble threw his hands up, and his keyboard down, to lament the sorry state of discourse on his blogging and twittering platforms: “Much of what I read over on that Silicon Valley […]