- Place yourself: You should be reading Mashable! anyway, but in case you missed it, here's Mashable's take on 5 important new trends in location-focused social media, rethought in the wake of Facebook Places and more.
- Auto-follow, or fan ban? Facebook has quietly implemented a de facto follow feature; TechCrunch has the details. You need to make sure your privacy settings are tailored to meet this change. And Facebook now lets page administrators ban fans and remove spammers. It's a useful tool, but one you need to think through so you're not just removing people who don't agree with you.
- Go with the flow: Louis Gray, another must-read, looks at how marketers are upset about changes to Twitter that make the background--once a palette for your online business card--less visible. It's a good reminder that, having adapted to social media, you need to be braced for changes, tweaks, and upgrades, rather than propping your communications strategy solely on one feature.
- Scientist, explain thyself: NPR "Science Friday" host Ira Flatow urged scientists to learn how to explain what they do to the rest of us, something I can always get behind.
- Pumped-up reads: Mediabistro tells us enhanced ebooks are taking off (think books with films and video incorporated).
- Follow the money: Even if you still have a local paper, it's the ads you need to keep an eye on, and this report tells us that 1 in 4 local firms are planning to cut the advertising they do in newspapers.
- Make your own brainstorming room: Love this low-tech idea: Paint that makes any wall into an erasable whiteboard--in colors, even.
- Function follows format? Design can sometimes tell you where the content's headed. If you logged on to the New York Times op-ed section online, you saw a nice clean design this week. Nieman Lab saw something else: the harbinger of an iPad app.
- Big news for event planners: Eventbrite, an online registration service, is meshing even more closely with Facebook (which doesn't offer a way to process paid registrations). Could be a great benefit if you put on paid events.
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