Facebook’s Real Audience

Photo: Eliza Kern, GigaOMYou mean you missed it? Yesterday the world’s biggest social network held a news conference — its third in four months. The reaction from a sampling of tech prognosticators was mixed. Dave Winer:I can’t believe the idiots at the FB press conf applauded the fact that the cheezy HTC phone comes in four…… Continue reading Facebook’s Real Audience

Rock Star Founders

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs (photo: Reuters) A much buzzed-about piece in wunderkind Justin Smith’s The Atlantic titled “Steve Jobs’s Law” explains “Why Founders Make the Best Leaders.” It was accompanied by an iconic and familiar image of Mr. Jobs wowing the cult of Mac at one of his soon-to-be legendary product launch events.Author James Kwak writes: “Still, the conventional…… Continue reading Rock Star Founders

Friday’s Video Views

NBC News Digital Chief Speaks “There are over a billion cameras floating around in people’s pockets around the world.” Beet.TV treats us to the perspective of Mark Lukasiewicz, VP for Specials and Digital, NBC News. Of course, this interview took place before the momentous events in Egypt this week, which showed, in spite of those…… Continue reading Friday’s Video Views

Friday’s Video Views

Good Reporting is Not a CommodityBeet.TV’s Andy Plesser catches up with Chris Ahearn, president, Media, Thomson Reuters, in Monaco (of all places). Ahearn is bullish on Reuters growth on our shores. (via @huffingtonpost)Staci SpeaksWhile we’re on the subject of quality content, the influential editor of paidContent Staci Kramer also spoke with Andy while in Monaco.…… Continue reading Friday’s Video Views

Much Ado About Zuckerberg

Maybe I’m in the minority, but I found Mark Zuckerberg’s character, as deftly played by Jesse Eisenberg in “The Social Network,” to be somewhat appealing in a strange way. Jarvis, on the other hand, calls the film “anti-social.”Aside from his weirdly contorted smile, social insecurities, lack of personal empathy, and that misogynist opening scene, Zuckerberg…… Continue reading Much Ado About Zuckerberg

“The Social Network” Campaign

Facebook’s user stats are astounding, and with each day, even the most diminutive details of the company’s evolution make breathless copy via the real-time social eco-system known as Twitter.Geesh. If only my clients without that social media “je ne sais quoi” could commandeer such robust attention! But then again, maybe my Twitter follow strategy is…… Continue reading “The Social Network” Campaign

Primetime Meltdown

The value to a company of a smart, articulate and engaging CEO cannot be underestimated. Nowhere is this PR fact-of-life more apparent than during a live TV or video-streamed media interview.I’ll always remember sitting alongside one of the best in the business — Sun Microsystems’ CEO Scott McNealy. We were in the green room of…… Continue reading Primetime Meltdown

Friday’s Video Views

This week’s edition of Vide Views features the suddenly ever-present Mark Zuckerberg, a tutorial on how to use the new FB privacy settings, a wacko PR guy, and a TV commercial from a white show ad agency that’s virally in tune with the YouTube age.The Mark Zuckerberg ShowTo start, it seems Facebook’s PR consiglieres instructed…… Continue reading Friday’s Video Views

Friday’s Video Views

This week’s edition of Video Views features some eye-opening social media adoption stats, Scoble’s 15 Israel start-ups, Calacanis on FB privacy, words of wisdom from the PSFK Conference, and “Coco” at the Googleplex.This first video asks (then answers): Is social media a fad? Or the biggest shift since the Industrial Revolution? The growth of social…… Continue reading Friday’s Video Views

Friday’s Video Views

This week’s edition of Video Views captures notable quotables from both coasts, including Mark Zuckerberg, David Remnick, Kara Swisher, Steven B. Johnson, Jeff Pulver, Gary Vaynerchuk and others…To start, AllThingsD’s Kara Swisher sets the hand-held stage for Facebook’s inaugural f8 conference for application developers, held in Santa Clara:From the same conference, we get a rare…… Continue reading Friday’s Video Views