- Big box: This infographic, loaded with data, shows how social media has changed how we shop online. Facebook's got the biggest influence on your gift choices.
- Voice box: Coca-Cola has long been a company in the vanguard of social media. It mastered Facebook engagement early, and swapped press releases for blog posts long ago. Now, it's getting rid of voicemail in its offices...as a productivity measure.
- Still inside the box: This look at which newspapers are failing the transition to digital focuses on UK press, but has great data and the signposts to watch, no matter where you are.
- Music box: Making sure that future generations don't think Hendrix sang "'Scuse me while I kiss this guy," instead of "kiss the sky," Google will now put song lyrics right at the top of search results when you enter a song title or fragment with "lyrics." And if you want to see what we suffered through before this advent, go to Kiss This Guy, the archive of misheard lyrics.
- Box of paints: HubSpot rounded up 21 free design tools for visual marketers on a budget.
- Box o'data: Pew shared 14 findings from its 2014 research reports that shed light on "shifts in our politics, society, habits or families."
- See-through boxes: Oh, joy: There's a privacy flaw in Twitter that could let others see and share those thought-to-be-private DMs. And there's another in Skype that might let others listen through your device. So perhaps you'll be more interested in how to erase all your searches on Facebook.
- Experts in a box: If you work with scientists, physicians, policy wonks and other subject-matter experts, you'll find useful my popular workshop, Be an Expert on Working with Experts. The next session is February 4, 2015 in Washington, DC. Register at the link by January 9 to get the best rate; all registration closes January 29 or when all seats are filled. Don't miss the workshop communicators call "informative and eye-opening." And if you're an expert, email the info to a communicator with whom you want to work better...
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