- Squash those rumors: Despite what your teenager does or says, a new report shows that text messaging has declined in the U.S. for the first time. This puts us in line with the rest of the world, where the vast array of Internet options was already diminishing use of texting.
- Squash blossoms: Fashion and perfume designer Issey Miyake has a new app that lets you post a message anywhere on Google Maps Street View. You choose location, type in your message, adjust where it appears on the map, and share it.
- When life takes your pumpkin, make pumpkin seeds: Facebook page fan reach is down, but engagement is hanging in there, says new data.
- That's calabaza to you: The Associated Press Style Manual online is now available in Spanish. Share this long-overdue resource around with your grantees, students, nonprofit partners, government agencies and more.
- Cut-and-dried gourds? Now there's a Facebook cheat sheet of keyboard shortcuts for using the site, fast.
- The Great Pumpkin: After Hurricane Sandy, folks in storm-struck areas found a new medium for getting their news: Radio. See the numbers--they're impressive.
- More pie, please: I inhaled Joan Didion's Slouching Towards Bethlehem as part of my development as a writer. The great Brain Pickings blog this week reminded me how much I love Didion's essay on keeping a notebook. I am going to reread this with Evernote in mind...
And in lieu of job postings on this long weekend, here's a good read for job-hunters, shared with me by one of my readers, who said, "This looks like the sort of thing you would post." It's Forget the cover letter. Write the pain letter, instead.
I'm grateful for your readership of the blog, in Thanksgiving week and every week. Enjoy your weekend...