- Shiny: NY Times tech reporter David Pogue weighs in on his favorite bright ideas in tech for 2012. Gotta love the Cycloramic app, which lets your phone take a 360-degree video without a tripod or stand. Many bright lights here.
- Flashing lights, and lots of 'em: Amazon reports that it sold a record 27 million items on Cyber Monday alone, a record 306 items per second. Amazon also set a record for Christmas Day digital downloads, so tell your spouse you weren't the only one. You can find out more in these facts and figures about Amazon sales this year, an interesting data-laden read.
- Just shine a little brighter: I know some communications consultants who do their best to discourage newbies...as a way of cutting down on the competition. I tend to side with Seth Godin, who says true professionals don't fear amateurs.
- Twinkle, twinkle: If you're still mad at Instagram, you can get three free months of Flickr Pro.
- Light-shedder: With smartphone use rising and online video still the strongest trend in social media, you may already know why mobile video is set to explode. But this piece adds some data to your hunch.
- Dimmed lights: Retraction Watch blog, all about getting caught, tots up the year in research retractions, including one scientist who apparently fabricated results in 172 studies, a record.
- Light my good side: LinkedIn profile changes, made easy helps you get ready for that moment when the spotlight's on you as a candidate.
- Cue the lightbulb over your head: You can be more productive and creative if you give your brain a few breaks throughout the day. Here are three quick and easy ways to quiet your mind. One includes daydreaming. Seriously. We're here for you at the weekend read.
- The light fantastic: Google is extending free calling within Gmail through 2013, for calls placed in the U.S. and Canada.
I'll be shedding light on the experts, scientists and policy wonks you work with at Be an Expert on Working with Experts, January 10 in Washington, DC. In addition to learning how to work with experts' default communications styles, rather than against them, you'll get to meet the top communicators who've already registered, coming from all over the U.S. But hurry: Registration closes next
What a year it's been! Thanks, as always, for stopping here to get your communications and social media smarts on and your weekend started. You're the bright lights in any week for me.