I received an email from this group that proposed I link to their online Journal of Leadership Communication Counsel. Curious, I visited their site and read a couple of the articles, which were written in a basic overview style, quite readable, and useful for people trying to understand the practice of communications. (I didn't like the presentation, however, with silly little icons and a black background - hard on the eyes.) And, I was happy to see that they offer an RSS feed for their journal. So, I have linked to it. But I was perplexed about the relentless anonymity of the site.
First, the Leadership Communication Counsel is a company that provides training and course development for universities and corporations. According to their site, many universities don't have professors with both advanced professional experience AND an advanced PR degree. They therefore act as contractors to the universities to provide teachers (they call them mentors) as well as course development for both graduate and undergraduate work. They give a couple of examples of work they have done, and it certainly sounds like great stuff!
But there is absolutely no name of any person on the site. In fact, the email I received came from a contact@ email address and was signed "LEADERSHIP COMMUNICATION COUNSEL." It felt kind of weird.
I have responded to the email, included a link to this article, and asked why they have chosen to be anonymous given personal reputation is such a key (and growing) driver in communications. I hope someone comes here and responds.
I love the idea of tagging and emergent knowledge organization. I use del.icio.us religiously to keep track of posts I read in various categories. I like to see what's happening on a variety of Technorati tags. But I always forget to tag my own posts.
Tagging is too much work.
I want a cheat sheet sidebar I can drop onto my blog with pre-coded tags I can simply click on. Or maybe a drop down menu built into TypePad I can populate with my favorite tags. I'd like others to be able to tag my own posts (hey, share the workload). Until I have at least one of the first two, my tagging will always be sporadic and half-hearted.
Now we have tagging silos all over the place. Technorati, del.icio.us, digg, furl, flickr...arrgh. I want it to be simpler. The ubertag, the master of tags, the tag search engine. Something. Help!
Mary Hodder of Napsterization has created the Speaker's Wiki. This was in response to the anger and frustration communicated by the women at BlogHer about, in part, not being able to get speaking gigs. The list is open to both males and females, and I suspect it is going to become a great resource for people looking for speakers and people looking to speak!
This was a question I was asked during my teleseminar on RSS last week. While I was able to say there are zillions of feeds being OFFERED, I wasn't sure how many people are actually subscribing to them. Now, as a global number, that is probably not hugely useful, as any organization cares only about a particular audience. But, it would be helpful to at least have a benchmark. So I did a little digging around and found the following information:
6 million Americans get news and information fed to them through RSS aggregators
5% of internet users say they use RSS aggregators or XML readers to get
the news and other information delivered from blogs and content-rich
Web sites as it is posted online. This is a first-time measurement from
our surveys and is an indicator that this application is gaining an
Pew said in February that just 5 percent of U.S. Internet users used
RSS aggregators, while Jupiter put the number at 12 percent in March.
However, MSN, Yahoo, Ask Jeeves, Google, Amazon, and AOL are
integrating RSS into their portals, and all major browsers will have an
aggregator embedded when Microsoft comes out with the new version of
Internet Explorer. Various estimates put the number of active feeds at
slightly over 5 million.
I would appreciate any links you might have to research on this topic (just add to the comments).
Thank you to all of you who participated in the PRSA teleseminar today. As I mentioned, feel free to post your questions below, and I will answer. I'll also provide some further information as promised on several of the questions asked in the near future.
You may have seen this already (I just ran across it) but Anil Dash provides some tips for pitching blogs - in a hilarious style. And today, I really needed a chuckle.
...Getting the greeting to be gender-appropriate is a nice show of
respect, but the name thing isn't optional. Don't you like people to
get your product's name right?
...Like every other person who gets the web, I base part of my judgement
of your company on its web presence. If you can't even be bothered to
send me there, it's unlikely you're clued in to what motivates me to
...Don't talk like a database
...I might skip the rest of your poorly-written email if there's a URL at the top with full info about your product or service, and then if it's interesting, I might even link to that page.
...And don't implicitly insult my readers or audience by suggesting that I
write something that would mislead them. (Sadly, this has happened,
There's a new business magazine for women, called Pink Magazine. (I linked to the about page as the home page is an annoying flash ad.) I am not sure how I feel about that title, honestly. I could imagine it for a lifestyle pub (here in France, on TV, the Pink channel isn for gay/alternative lifestyles), but not really for a business magazine.