My Top 5: Zillow Goes to Hell, Meek(er) Rebuttal, Influencer Self-Policing, Kill Uber?

McMansion Hell, Zillow and Intellectual Property This past week, I have seen passionate posts online about the issue of the (very funny) McMansion Hell  site being served with a Cease & Desist (and threatened lawsuit) by Zillow over using images without permission. First things, first-  Zillow dropped the threats in exchange for MMH’s agreement to…well, … [Read more…]

My Top 5: Disclosure Moves Forward, Thanks to Instagram and More…

Instagram Wants You to Label Your Garbage (well, Your Sponsored Posts) What would it take for me to dust off my blog after some well earned rest (aka “neglect”)? Some good news from the world of social media disclosure, of course! Instagram is introducing “sponsored post” labels. To someone who has often harped on the lack of … [Read more…]

Social Media Top 5: Politics on Facebook, LinkedIn Advertising & Cheap Tablets Are All Great

UPDATE: I had originally planned to write thoughts on how our new President’s use of Twitter as his outlet for kneejerk infantile rage showed both the possibilities and extreme downside to the platform (that I still use, by the way), but I’ll just let this story about some of the National Parks and NASA accounts doing … [Read more…]

Social Media Top 5: Craptivism Won’t Kill You and Fake News is Alright (Not Really)

Craptivism Won’t Kill You I have long been reluctant to festoon my social media profiles with the trappings of social activism (remember “Twibbons?”), because I don’t really think I am doing anything concrete for a cause if I’m doing so- especially if that’s all I’m doing. The latest, in the aftermath of the presidential election, is … [Read more…]

Social Media Top 5: Pipeline Protests, Ballot Selfies, the Electoral Map & More

Activism/Slacktivism This morning (October 31) I started noticing friends checking in to Standing Rock, ND, the location of protests by Native Americans (the Standing Rock Sioux) against the Dakota Access Pipeline. My first reaction was to assume the unlikely: some friends were traveling to join the protests. Wow, right? No, it turned out some Facebook … [Read more…]

Social Media Top 5: Fixing Conferences, Taking Coffee, Poaching Buzzfeed, Celebrating Social Media Club

How About Addressing the Real Problems with Conferences? Most of the tips for conferences in this post by Marcus Sheridan make sense; all are, at worst, arguable. They are also mostly small fixes aimed at making the speakers’ lives better. I guess that makes sense, as the writer is a professional speaker. As a sometime conference attendee, … [Read more…]