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Dumb Comments by Others Make YOU Look Dumb

Writers need to think about more than the quality of their writing. They need to worry about the quality of the comments on their content. A recent experiment produced an interesting finding: the presence of low-quality comments on an article caused the article itself to be considered lower in quality. […]

By |June 10th, 2014|

The No-Spin World of Gini Dietrich

Ask who created the field of public relations, and the most common answer you’ll get is Edward Bernays, the spin doctor of the 20th century. Bernays was famous for both stunts and spin – he’s credited with, among other things, with making smoking cigarettes socially acceptable for women.

Gini Dietrich, founder of media communications firm Arment Dietrich, wants to leave Bernays behind and reinvent the field with an emphasis on truth and transparency. […]

By |May 8th, 2014|

The Dark Side of Reader Comments

Interactivity has been the name of the game for websites for the last few years, and user-generated content (UGC) has been a mainstay of building content and boosting engagement. Indeed, “content marketing” is the latest web marketing buzzword and reader engagement is high on the list of goals. In contrast to a few years ago, today just about every content site, from tiny blogs to the largest news sites, allows readers to add comments. It seems like a complete win-win – readers can get heard, and the sites benefit from more engagement and additional content. It turns out that in some cases that “free” content comes with a price. […]

By |March 4th, 2013|

Our Brains Make Facebook Worth $90 Billion

Those of us involved in social media know that people love to talk about themselves. They seemingly enjoy sharing the trivial, the personal, and occasionally the weird, details of their lives. Sometimes they overshare – as a longtime online community builder, I’ve found that “poster’s remorse” is common – people post something too personal and later regret doing so. So why do people share so much? New research from Harvard shows, in simple terms, that talking about yourself makes your brain feel good. […]

By |May 10th, 2012|

Smells Like Social Media

We’ve seen some unusual fragrance concepts, but how about a scent “Made for Social Media?” The new unisex fragrance, suggestively named Erox, comes from online community operator Crowdgather (CRWG). The scent incorporates synthetic human pheromones, and, according to the announcement, it has been “proven to increase feelings of arousal, excitement, social warmth and friendliness in both female and male users.” […]

By |June 29th, 2011|

Starbucks, Your Digital Neighborhood?

Starbucks has changed a lot in the last six months, at least in the digital world. First, they finally ditched their paid-only Wifi and went to a free system that requires only one-click acceptance of their terms of […]

By |October 27th, 2010|