Had I not spent the bulk of my childhood waiting to connect to the Internet via dial-up
and/or playing Oregon Trail
in my school’s computer lab, you might convince me that Zuckerberg and company were in business in the ’90s. They weren’t, of course, but that doesn’t mean we can’t imagine the possibility. Behold, Facebook of the ‘90s. (via Mashable
And what if Twitter had joined the age of DOS
in the ’80s?
Before moving on from Facebook news, it appears the social network was nonplussed with Yahoo after it accused the social network of patent infringement last month. Not to be outdone, Facebook is now countering
with similar accusations.
Meanwhile, present-day social media darling Pinterest is already seeing a shift at the top. TechCrunch confirms
that co-founder Paul Sciarra is leaving the company, officially pinning co-founder Ben Silbermann with the title of CEO.
Whatever your social network(s) of choice might be, chances are your company could learn a thing or two from the digital media strategies brewing at Starbucks, a brand that doesn’t seem to shy away from sharing its stance
on contentious social issues.
We’re not sure about Starbucks’ stance on divorce, but “divorce rings” seem to be the next big trend. According to an MSNBC blog
: “If the whole thing started with a ring, why shouldn't it end with one?”
As for those trendy FiveFingers shoes—the ones that look like gloves for feet—their maker, Vibram, was named in a class-action lawsuit
for deceptive health claims and benefits. I’d like to consider that karma for discriminating against my fellow web-toed cohorts.
Meanwhile, parents in the Park Slope community of Brooklyn are taking a stand against … the neighborhood ice cream man. They’re pushing a ban
to prevent any bomb-pop filled trucks or chocolate malt-toting carts from delivering sweet-treat delights to their children this summer.
Most male audiences probably delight in all things Kate Upton, especially since she landed her coveted Sports Illustrated
swimsuit issue cover. But that’s also to Burger King’s delight. In what appears to be perfect timing, the fast-food chain wrapped shooting a campaign featuring the model a mere two weeks before she won the SI
gig. It gives new meaning to the term “exposure” for the fast feeder’s newest ads
’s has gone in a different direction to find its latest models, using professional women found through its LinkedIn network
Online networking is just one of the topics covered in the pilot episode of a new podcast on the Running a PR Life
blog called “Young PR Pros.” Have a listen in here
Too bad the podcast didn’t provide any lessons on not stealing from your employer. Then again, that’s probably something colleges should assume goes without saying as they prep tomorrow’s next generation of PR professionals. But Bradley Frank apparently didn’t take that class. The Hollywood publicist pled guilty to theft
from his former firm, Platform Public Relations.
David Letterman, on the other hand, has no qualms about stealing thunder away from Johnny Carson. A new contract with CBS extends Letterman’s “Late Show” through 2014, putting him at 32 years on the air when the deal expires. That’s two more years than Carson’s stint, giving Dave the record as the longest-running late-night host
in TV history.