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Friday Wrap #173: Instagram’s half-billion users, Vine’s 140-second limit, Tumblr’s live video

Friday Wrap #173The Friday Wrap is my weekly collection of news stories, posts, studies, and reports designed to help organizational communicators stay current on the trends and technology that affect their jobs. These may be items that flew under the radar while other stories grabbed big headlines. As always, I collect material from which I select Wrap stories (as well as stories to report on the For Immediate Release podcast, along with stuff I just want to remember to read) on my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow. If you want to make sure you never miss an edition of the Wrap, along with extra material only for subscribers, sign up for… Read More »

Smartphones and productivity: Here we go again

Smartphones and Productivity: Here we go again

A new survey finds nearly 20% of full-time employees are productive fewer than five hours a day. The cause of that lost productivity? Smartphones.

We have been here before. First, employers blamed the Web for lost productivity. They responded by blocking access to the Web, only to open it later when they realized it actually contained work-related content. Later, social media was the culprit. Businesses responded, predictably, by blocking social media sites. Now, a quarter of companies are banning personal calls and cell phone use.

Nearly half of employers insist smartphone distractions have compromised work quality, lowered… Read More »

Friday Wrap #172: Facebook videos inspire chatter, Millennials alter company comms, and more

Friday Wrap #172The Friday Wrap is my weekly collection of news stories, posts, studies, and reports designed to help organizational communicators stay current on the trends and technology that affect their jobs. These may be items that flew under the radar while other stories grabbed big headlines. As always, I collect material from which I select Wrap stories (as well as stories to report on the For Immediate Release podcast, along with stuff I just want to remember to read) on my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow. If you want to make sure you never miss an edition of the Wrap, subscribe to my weekly email briefing.

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