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Friday Wrap #214: Alexa sees, United scrambles, influencers clean up, apps add AR, and more

Friday Wrap #214I extract items for the Wrap from my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow. To make sure you never miss an issue, subscribe to my weekly email briefing.


It’s looking worse for Twitter—Twitter’s user base grew in the last quarter, but revenue fell while the company was outbid for Thursday Night Football live-streaming by Amazon. The takeaway: Twitter is an important conduit for news and information, but without any light at the end of its revenue tunnel, its prospects are bleak. If something doesn’t change in a hurry, I would expect Twitter to be acquired. Read more

Can 24/7 live-streaming save Twitter?—Twitter plans to… Read More »

If newspapers are curating content, why aren’t business communicators?

Curation is Back, BabyBeginning around 2011, content curation was a hot topic. There was no end of workshops and keynotes and blog posts and books. Today, you can talk about curation and hear a pin drop.

Curation is alive and well even if it seems quaint compared to Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality, voice tech, and some of the other technologies that have pushed it aside. SmartBrief has a nice business curating email newsletters on a wide variety of topics, from PR to the restaurant business, from pharmaceuticals to risk and compliance. I look forward to Shelly Palmer’s daily email, which features a handful of articles curated from a variety of… Read More »

FIR Podcast #84: The O’Reilly (Social Media) Factor

For Immediate Release

Cross-posted from the FIR Podcast Network

Neville Hobson returns for the first episode of The Hobson & Holtz Report in 18 months. Today’s topics include…

  • Whether social media will be a factor in the snap election called for by UK Prime Minister Theresa May (as well as its role in the French election)
  • Social media evidently had a larger-than-apparent impact on advertisers that pulled their commercials from Fox News’s “O’Reilly Factor,” the cable news network’s biggest show
  • The Telegraph newspaper has launched a daily show specifically for the Google Home smart speaker/voice appliance
  • Facebook’s AR, VR, add… Read More »