- Lightning bug: Google has created a trends hub so you can see what people are searching for during the Olympics. And many Olympic hashtags have been trademarked, a trend I don't like, so be careful which ones you are using.
- Thunderous applause: We just passed the anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, and the LBJ presidential library put together a fantastic media kit, freely available, with a variety of media related to the anniversary. Small, simple, useful, free. Go and do the same for your significant anniversaries.
- Thunder and...: Soon, everyone will be able to create Twitter Moments. And there's a new button on brands' Twitter pages, to encourage you to DM them, rather than squawk about your problems in a tweet that all can see.
- Hit by lightning: Using an ad blocker on Facebook? Facebook's going to block that thing, at least on your desktop. You get to tweak your ad preferences more.
- Lightning bolt: National Geographic has a free tool that lets you print out detailed topographic maps.
- Electric storm: Google shares a smart dive into how Hispanics engage with YouTube. Hint: More than with cable teevee.
- Dark and stormy: Here's how NBC views its Olympics coverage in the age of live streaming, and what the digital natives think about it.
- Week in review: This week, on the Moderating Panels blog, Guy Kawasaki says speakers on a panel shouldn't look at the moderator. Find out why. On this blog, we continued our storytelling series, Tell It Better, with one of my favorite talks, an example of why you should avoid telling stories in chronological order.
- Strikes twice: I have two great workshops coming up: one in Austria for communications pros who work with experts, another in Edinburgh on adding meaning to your speeches with metaphor. Register at the links! The discount for the metaphor workshop is extended through August 15.
- Lightning round: Buy my ebook, The Eloquent Woman's Guide to Moderating Panels; tell your colleagues to put this blog in their feeds; sign up for my free monthly newsletter, or let me know how we can work together in 2016 with an email to eloquentwoman at gmail.com.
Friday, August 12, 2016
Feel like you've been standing under a tree in a thunderstorm, communicators? Time to take cover in a safer place – I call it the weekend – and check out my finds of the week, shared via @dontgetcaught on Twitter and curated here for you. Let the sparks of inspiration fly upward: