The Marriage of Colleges and Social Media Influencers Is Bad News

Last week a lot of people’s cages were rattled when it was revealed dozens of the nation’s wealthiest individuals had paid outrageous sums to consultants and others who would help their kids get into the most elite colleges and universities around. The situation starkly revealed the disconnect between the ideal - that an education is … Continue reading The Marriage of Colleges and Social Media Influencers Is Bad News

Medium Gives Twitter Referrals Preferential Treatment

If you’re not familiar with the details of what the term “zero rating” means you’ve likely still encountered it in some manner. The concept has been applied by wireless carriers to help lure customers concerned that streaming services, social media and so on are eating too much of their monthly data allocation. So a company … Continue reading Medium Gives Twitter Referrals Preferential Treatment

Flickr’s Changes Offer Multiple Warnings For the Future

April Glaser offers a number of good thoughts related to the impending changes to the photo-sharing site Flickr, which is about to start forcing people to pay for a Pro membership if they don’t want their pictures - at least those over 1,000 - permanently deleted. For anyone who’s been using the site for any … Continue reading Flickr’s Changes Offer Multiple Warnings For the Future

Video Lures More Media Companies

Publishing company Complex has become the latest media outlet to license original programming to a streaming service, in this case both Netflix and Hulu. The first will get six shows while the second gets 10. Complex’s situation is a bit different, as the article points out, than efforts by publishers like Vox Media and others … Continue reading Video Lures More Media Companies

No, Ethics Have Been Around For A While Now

Of all the various issues raised by the dueling documentaries - one on Hulu, one on Netflix - recounting the events of Fyre Festival, one of the most pervasive has been the actions of Jerry Media, a creative agency hired by the founders of Fyre to promote the event online. The agency, which produced the … Continue reading No, Ethics Have Been Around For A While Now

Those Systems Don’t Know Us, But Pretend To

I’ve certainly had experiences similar to what’s described in this much-shared story from a few months ago about the way the algorithms that push suggestions and notifications at us all day long are never exactly right but are also never exactly wrong. Spotify, for instance, continues to insist I’m going to enjoy Hall & Oates … Continue reading Those Systems Don’t Know Us, But Pretend To

Take the Pressure Off Social Responses

More terrible data pushing the terrible notion that brands engaging in marketing efforts via social media should feel the need to respond to each and every comment directed at them. This time it comes via a survey of U.S. adults, gauging what they feel is an appropriate response rate. Unsurprisingly, most people feel such responses … Continue reading Take the Pressure Off Social Responses

Social Media, Parenting and Privacy

The internet has been aflutter in recent days over the story of a blogger and her children. The woman in question has been writing about her children for years, since each was an infant. Now one of them, aged nine, has discovered the internet has all kinds of pictures of her and her sibling along … Continue reading Social Media, Parenting and Privacy

AR is the New QR

Walmart, according to Sarah Perez at TechCrunch, has begun adding AR to its in-store experience, with tags on select items that add price and other details to shoppers using the story’s mobile app. If that sounds familiar, it’s because it’s only a slight variation on what was promised years ago when companies and marketers were … Continue reading AR is the New QR

What I Accomplished In 2018

Every year is interesting in its own right. There are ups and downs and moments in between, things that will never be forgotten and things that won’t be remembered without serious effort being put in. On at least two fronts, 2018 was notable in very positive ways. First, from January through August I kept quite … Continue reading What I Accomplished In 2018