- Where have all the flowers gone? I preach all the time about being ready to switch when your fav platforms change or die, but this is a body blow: Google Reader will retire July 1. #savegooglereader is the hashtag for your protests on Twitter.
- She laughs like the flowers: This idea's so good and simple, it made me laugh out loud. At Pew Internet, all the tipsheets summarizing research are now in one convenient place. Steal this idea, smart media relations types, then tell reporters where they are. Thanks to Joe Bonner for this nice find.
- Let 1,000 ebooks bloom, but before you do, learn how to measure your self-publishing competence, with 6 skills you need.
- Loves me. Loves me not: You're reaching more of your Facebook fans than you think, says this article. I'm a believer.
- Stop and smell the customer service: In a brilliant move that you should figure out how to steal, Google+ will start using its Hangouts for customer service, making good use of the shared screen feature.
- Eye candy, plus flowers: Here's another wonderful use of Google+ Hangouts: Virtual Photo Walks, in which pro photographers hook phones up to their cameras and let shut-ins and others spy over their shoulders and see the world. Donate if you can.
- Prime garden space: Amazon reportedly has some 10 million subscribers to its Prime service. I'd start pitching them versus the networks.
- Please don't bring me flowers: A little heads-up from Seth Godin: "If you've been waiting for the next big thing before you jump in, it's here." He turns to "what's now?" and so should you.
- New daisy chain: Do you know about Twitter's long-form platform, Medium? Chris Brogan thinks Medium might be large.
- Someone will be there to receive the flowers: Now you can use Twitter to send out-of-office messages.
- Write a note to go with those flowers: Thread, billed as the ultimate caller ID for Android, debuted at SXSW this week. It promises to give you not only the caller's number, but most recent social posts and recent texts or emails between you.
Flowers for the picking: I'm giving the closing keynote at the spring conference of the European Speechwriter Network and UK Speechwriters Guild, May 15-17 in London. There's a 10% discount for readers of my public speaking blog, The Eloquent Woman, with code "EloquentWoman." Register at the link and let me know if I'll see you there.
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