- I can see you now: Data from the FCC and from Wistia, taken together, offer new perspectives on broadband Internet and HD online video access in households and hotels. Apparently, they heard you yelling in your hotel room about how slow it is when you're on the road. You care about this useful trove because of all that video you're putting out in the world.
- Signifyin' the tweets: If you struggle with how to describe the significance, reach or other measures of your tweets, SocialMouths has these 7 tools for monitoring your tweets' effectiveness. Worth a look, especially if you need more ammo for that board presentation. (A hat tip to @zanarama for this find.)
- We need a bigger pincushion: When it comes to buttons, Facebook's "like" button and Google's +1 are still tied for top use on external sites, with the Twitter "tweet" not far behind. But the big news is the increased use of Pinterest's "Pin This" button, which grew 637 percent since February, dwarfing the progress of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, AddThis, StumbleUpon and Google+ in the same time period.
- If you can't beat 'em...Here's some data on how a library boosted its attendance by offering iPad and iPhone apps, as well as training in how to use tablets. How might your low-tech meeting, headquarters or gathering space do the same?
- A chart-felt plea: 7 free online resources for flow charts, diagrams and more is NOT something you should take home and read this weekend. Geek out at the office, dudes. (@starfocus gets the nod for sharing this one.)
- Carnival barker sounds so much nicer: A new study of millennials' low regard for news finds that they indeed think of it as garbage and lies.
- Plus this: Google+ helps with your search rankings, 5 ways. It's always the best reason to play with Google products.
- The roar of the crowd: Want a chat room on your Facebook Page? Check out Chat for Pages. I'm eager to hear your ideas about what you might do with this new app.
- Vote this way: We all know to watch the electoral campaigns for forward-thinking use of social media, but here's a study that shows a single Facebook post led to more than 300,000 votes in the 2010 election. Find out how.
- But are we getting smarter? Or just, er, phonier? The tipping point has come: More Americans use smartphones than use standard cell phones.
- Brain, picked: If you like the Brain Pickings blog as much as I do, you'll want to read this interview with blogger Maria Popova to hear about her work habits. I agree with her thought on Evernote.
Friday, September 14, 2012
Twitterstream, where you don't even need a ticket to get the benefit of these good ideas. Yes, you are tall enough to get on this ride:
Step right up for your great comms jobs: The NIH office of career training and development is looking for a science career writer...NiemanLab is looking for a staff writer...and the Advocates for Human Rights need a communications director.
Hope you have a good party in store, even if that looks like a nap. Thanks so much for spending the run-up to your weekend with me.