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Three months after the start of the trial of German Nazi Adolf Eichmann for war crimes, Yale University psychologist Stanley Milgram began a round of experiments to understand why good people might be motivated to do bad things.

The Milgram experiments are a classic example of "appeals to authority," too -- the test subjects would often defer responsibility. Fascinating look into human behavior.

2 days, 9 hours ago on Ethical Decision Making: Why Good People Do Bad Things

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They think readers are more comfortable responding to an individual sentence or paragraph than to an entire page.

Mebbe that's a bug?

2 days, 17 hours ago on Livefyre Sidenotes: Super Cool New Feature

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You can try it out for yourself on today’s blog post.

Well, this is pretty nifty.

2 days, 17 hours ago on Livefyre Sidenotes: Super Cool New Feature

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@ginidietrich I was just watching that clip of The Niece acting it out yesterday. 

1 week, 1 day ago on Gin and Topics: Self-Deprecating Workout and Twins Sing “Let it Go”

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Do you want to build a snowman?

1 week, 1 day ago on Gin and Topics: Self-Deprecating Workout and Twins Sing “Let it Go”

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@Howie Goldfarb I want a cupcake. 

1 week, 1 day ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Lindsay Bell

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She's alright, I guess. 

1 week, 1 day ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Lindsay Bell

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@ginidietrich Figures. #alwaysabridesmaidbutneverabride

1 week, 2 days ago on The One-Page Quarterly Plan Template

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Dig. Big time. Putting this one into use ASAP. 

1 week, 2 days ago on The One-Page Quarterly Plan Template

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Well, that was a fun read. 

1 week, 3 days ago on PR Outfit of the Day: Agency edition

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@Eleanor Pierce While the ship has sailed for Facebook to offer an ad-free version, I think there's a place for freemium and premium social networks.  

1 week, 4 days ago on SnapChat and Building Community Where Your Audience is

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@Eleanor Pierce Actually, this brings up a spinoff question: are there any social networks/apps that, by design, are impervious to brands? 


Path comes to mind. Secret. Whisper.  

1 week, 4 days ago on SnapChat and Building Community Where Your Audience is

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@Eleanor Pierce @biggreenpen  See, I'm a Instagram--> Facebook cross-poster. *shrug*

1 week, 4 days ago on SnapChat and Building Community Where Your Audience is

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From where I sit, I think apps/platforms like SnapChat are emerging to give an ephemeral social media experience with minimal intrusion from brands. SnapChat won't ever become as ubiquitous as Facebook, but that's not really the point, is it? 

1 week, 4 days ago on SnapChat and Building Community Where Your Audience is

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It's certainly an uphill battle, but a noble and worthwhile one. 

1 week, 4 days ago on Five Ways to Fight Spin and Change the Perception of the PR Industry

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This has been on my mind (and heart) a lot these past few weeks. I'll figure it out soon enough.  

1 week, 5 days ago on Your Legacy: How Do You Want to be Remembered?

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I never would have though you to be socially shy, @mitchjoel

2 weeks, 1 day ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Mitch Joel

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See y'all at noon. 

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Join Gini Dietrich for a Special Livefyre Q&A Today

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My sides ache from laughing. 

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Online Reputation Management and Adult Films

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@Howie Goldfarb @ClayMorgan  Yelp! is practically the Mafia of social media. Extortion is the name of the game for them. 

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Eight-Step Process to Clean-up Your Online Reputation

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You're awesome, lady. So, so kind and so, so generous. 

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Drawing Support

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@jono.smith  #GoRedSox

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Spin Sucks (the Book) is Here!

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And away we go ........ 

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Spin Sucks (the Book) is Here!

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@ginidietrich @makeaner1  Yeah - they saw the value of Google+ early on and got to building out a presence quickly. Interestingly, they're not promoting FB in the CTA at the bottom of the post. Just Google+ and Twitter. 

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Why We Won’t Shut Off Blog Comments

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@ginidietrich I have them now and again. #evenabrokenclockisrighttwiceaday

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Why We Won’t Shut Off Blog Comments

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@ginidietrich @creativeoncall I think the difference is you *led* with community. Once it's there, you can't shut it down without serious problems. 

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Why We Won’t Shut Off Blog Comments

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@creativeoncall Aye. Like others have noted, the spam reasoning seems to be pretty weak.  Copyblogger content is well-written, researched, and useful, but I think it's pretty clear that building a thriving, engaged community was a primary objective. This discussion would be taking on a whole new direction if there were actually a community to speak of.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Why We Won’t Shut Off Blog Comments

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Diff'rent strokes for diff'rent folks, right?


I've read Copyblogger for years and I've never left a comment on one of their posts. The tone and style of their team's writing style (and guest contributors, for that matter) don't often encourage active participation and dialogue, but Copyblogger content gets distributed far and wide and referenced in new blog posts.  Comments aren't central to their business model, IMO, especially as they've moved from a blog into a media and product company. 

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Why We Won’t Shut Off Blog Comments

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@chelpixie  I think you nailed it. 

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Why We Won’t Shut Off Blog Comments

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@RobBiesenbach  I have to try that. 

1 month ago on Listening in Life and in PR

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Such a valuable skill in life and in career -- and I know I have some work to do in this area.  

1 month ago on Listening in Life and in PR

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@Eleanor Pierce @ginidietrich  Wait, chewy yogurt?! What the what?

1 month ago on Tips to Plan, Research, Write, and Publish Your Content

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@ClayMorgan @Eleanor Pierce  We're already seeing this with semantic search and predictive analytics, but keywords will always remain central to how search engines operate at a technical level.

1 month ago on Tips to Plan, Research, Write, and Publish Your Content

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"Between Two Ferns" with Obama wins everything. 

1 month ago on Gin and Topics: One Degree from Kevin Bacon, President Obama, and Thor

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Um, I love this.  

1 month ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition is Coming!

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