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The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #765: July 21, 2014

The Hobson & Holtz ReportQuick News: French blogger fined for writing a critical restaurant review that achieved a high Google search ranking, Russian government caught editing Wikipedia entry for MH17 tragedy, is PressFriendly making PR agencies sweat?, Bing follows Google in offering Europeans the ‘right to be forgotten’; Ragan promo;

News That Fits: Are automated ‘editing bots’ the future foundation for knowledge development on Wikipedia?; Dan York’s Tech Report: at the IETF meeting in Toronto, Google Analytics for iOS, WordPress Weekly podcast, WordPress 4.0 coming, rapid content development; re-thinking earned, owned, and paid media; the Media… Read More »

Friday Wrap #110: Blogger fined for success, automated PR, social-reputation link, mobile newsrooms

Friday Wrap #110
Bacon-wrapped hot dog Flickr image courtesy of Arnold Gatilao
The Friday Wrap (which is what you’re reading) is a curated rundown of news, reports and posts from the past week that, while they didn’t go viral or attract much attention, are still interesting and useful for communications professionals. I select Wrap items from my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.


French blogger fined over her review’s popularity—French blogger Caroline Doudet wrote a scathing review of the restaurant Il Giardino that met Google’s criteria so well it became the number four link in a search for the restaurant. The owner sued, claiming… Read More »

Please stop telling me to quit Facebook

99 Days of FreedomA Dutch nonprofit, Just B.V., is behind the latest effort to get people to stop using Facebook. The campaign, “99 Days of Freedom,” was inspired by the recent Facebook A/B test that suppressed some posts to see if a more upbeat or downbeat News Feed prompted users to post more positive or negative updates of their own.

The campaign wants you to commit to dumping Facebook for 99 days, long enough to determine whether your emotions undergo any kind of metamorphosis from not using the social network. The campaign website is host to an image you can use to replace your profile picture; there’s also a personalized countdown you can… Read More »