Social Media Top 5: The Blogfather Speaks, The CEO Counts & the Map Don’t Lie


Only three this week. We’ve had holidays. Happy New Year. Iran’s “Blogfather” – This is Why we Must Have Good Things After last week’s story about Medium claiming to be the future of Web content, it is interesting to see this story- an Iranian blogger emerges from six years in prison aghast at the prevalence … [Read more…]

Social Media Top 5: Lessons Learned From “Lessons Learned from Star Wars” Posts (NO SPOILERS)

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Here we go again: the long-awaited new Star Wars movie is out (side note: I’m ok with spoilers; either the movie is good or it’s not), and the predictable “Lessons Learned” posts are pouring in from PR, marketing and social media bloggers. Yay. Here’s one with PR lessons! Here’s another, with business lessons! (It’s an old … [Read more…]

Social Media Top 5: Podcasters Ask the Wrong Question, Don’t Period Your Text & The War on Tree-Blobs

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I actually had more material than I could use this week, how about that? I had to trim and five and was able to avoid any mentions of Donald Trump (oops). No, Facebook is Not the Next Big Platform for Podcasts I am, most likely, a greater-than-average consumer of podcasts. Part of the reason is I listen … [Read more…]

Social Media Top 5: #ShmivingTuesday, Twitter Share Count Hysteria, & the SpareMe Economy

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#GivingTuesday, #ShmivingTuesday I have spent a lot of snark-energy lately on the various “Days” that invade our calendar. One might consider that unsurprising, knowing that I’m not a big holidays guy in general, but “Chilblains Awareness Day” and “Put the Toilet Seat Down Thursday” are things i can live without. That goes for broader “Days” … [Read more…]

Social Media Top 5: Twitter Has Heart; Spotify Not So Evil? LinkedIn Mod Changes


Twitter? Hearts? Have you no…um, Heart? People like to accuse Twitter of having “Facebook Envy,” adding features to its idiotically simple core service (some better than others). Now that Twitter has changed Favorite” to “Like,” complete with heart icon, people are going nuts. I really could care less about this change but it is fun … [Read more…]

Social Media Top 5: Yelp Abuse, Grantland’s Tomb, Snapchat Owns You, and More…


Fighting Fraud with Fraud. And Threats. and Stupidity. It looks like  a restaurateur got fed up with some entitled vegans (no, not all vegans act that way , don’t assume I think that way just because I think bacon is awesome) making unreasonable order requests. It also looks like the restaurateur lost it on social … [Read more…]

Social Media Top 5: Twitter Loves Developers Again, YouTube Red, & Blame it on Content Shock


Twitter Developments Once upon a time, Twitter closed its legs on third-party developers. I thought that made sense in terms of controlling how people accessed Twitter – and could see ads, but obviously developers, who helped make Twitter what it was in the early days, were put off. The great developments (Tweetdeck et al) were … [Read more…]