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@PeterJ42  Ah, Tony Blair... now there's a name from the past, mate (I was still in the UK when he swept to power). All the promises, changes, etc... and then we found out he was simply a Tory in disguise. Imagine what could have happened had John Smith not died of a heart attack in '94...

11 hours, 24 minutes ago on The Problem With Making Grandiose Statements

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@EricBrown  Remember when folks actually had "social media rock star" in their bio? I recall a certain social media blogger actually creating little 150px x 150px blog badges that declared "NAME thinks I'm a social media rock star", and people actually put it on their sidebars!

11 hours, 25 minutes ago on The Problem With Making Grandiose Statements

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@Howie Goldfarb  To a degree, yes, mate. Except when it's personal opinion and representation of one viewpoint. Take the transparency/authenticity posts across the web, for example. Usually they run with one person's take on being let down, or having their eyes opened to a person or brand. Yet we're only getting their point of view, and as the wise saying goes, there's your version, my version, and the truth.

So for all the data we have publicly, there's a lot that goes on privately that we'll never see, yet our views can be skewed by that public piece.

11 hours, 26 minutes ago on The Problem With Making Grandiose Statements

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@BilalJaffery  But you just commented. Wait a minute - is this being filmed for Punk'd??? :)

11 hours, 28 minutes ago on The Problem With Making Grandiose Statements

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Best practice thinking usually recommends new window or tab for external linking, and same window for internal. Personally, I'm a fan of new window for all links. BURN ALL THE SAME WINDOWS WITH FIRE!

15 hours, 54 minutes ago on Don’t Push Me Away From Your Website

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@DwayneAlicie  Hey there mate,

Cheers - Slideshare is awesome, I really need to get back up and running on that platform more regularly. 

Convergence is definitely key and, as you'll see from the actual talk when published, it's something that's a core running point all the way through the talk. Turf wars benefit no-one; even less so when it's PR vs. PR. We can but hope that the chest beating gives way to actual beating a path to the best route for everyone.

Cheers again, mate.

2 days, 1 hour ago on The Sunday Share: The Future of PR Isn’t Tomorrow, It’s Now

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@ScottAyres  If the piece was about the Messenger app, I'd agree (and there'd also be no article, given I've written previously about the Messenger app, as linked to in the post). But it's about the main Facebook app - and, given Facebook's recent announcement they're removing messaging from the main app to force you to use Messenger, there's even less need for some of the Permissions highlighted in the piece.

3 days, 8 hours ago on Facebook for Android and Why Zuckerberg Now Owns Your Ass

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@Craig McBreen  Looking forward to it, mate.

3 days, 9 hours ago on Remember When We Just Hit Publish?

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@Howie Goldfarb  HA! I write for OPENforum, so got that too. Yes, I hear you, it's almost impossible to even try "game" Google anymore, with all the algorithm changes they keep pressing through.

Having said that, I've lost faith in them to be impartial anymore, with all the stupid penalties they're dishing out. No single company should be in charge of "policing" the web, yet that's what Google is aiming towards. No thanks.

3 days, 9 hours ago on Remember When We Just Hit Publish?

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@lilyleighfenton I was going to reply in full to your comment, but I'm abridging it for a shorter version (the reason why I'll share in a moment). As I highlight in the post, I reached out more than once about the spam, and was ignored, only to be spammed again. Others I have spoken to got the same treatment. So a constructive conversation was attempted by many. 

Now to the reason for the shorter reply. When leaving a comment, and backing it up by an "endorsed" comment from "another user" - in this case, @sthomas528 - it's a good idea to make sure you don't post both concurrently from the same computer and email details, as highlighted in the image. The decision to comment anonymously and then leave a second comment as an endorsement, just to add more weight to the original, immediately devalues any points you were trying to raise with your original comment as "Lily". @annelizhannan

3 days, 12 hours ago on Why Your Brand Looks Foolish When You Don’t Walk the Talk

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@Randy Milanovic  Ironically, mate, I never use speaker notes - I find I get too stilted then, thinking of what's coming next. Instead, much like a content plan, I'll have the overarching theme and run with that, to allow more fluidity on the day.

However, as mentioned to @Bernard Gauthier, the event was recorded so I will update with the video once published. Cheers!

3 days, 12 hours ago on The Sunday Share: The Future of PR Isn’t Tomorrow, It’s Now

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@dboozeman  When I saw the age of the audience, I was worried that slide might be irrelevant - but about 90% of the room knew what show that came from, so all good! :)

3 days, 12 hours ago on The Sunday Share: The Future of PR Isn’t Tomorrow, It’s Now

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@Bernard Gauthier  Cheers, Bernard, glad you appreciated. I don't have audio/video currently, but the whole event was recorded so I will update as soon as that's available.

3 days, 12 hours ago on The Sunday Share: The Future of PR Isn’t Tomorrow, It’s Now

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Gotcha. No worries, I'm not a morning person so I hear you. :)

Thanks for the heads up on the fees, I'm seeing that more and more and was just curious of the thinking behind it and whether perhaps terminology was needed to reflect. Is it a conscious decision to avoid the need for sponsors, allowing you more leeway on entry terms?

Thanks again for the explanation. :)

6 days, 9 hours ago on Remember When We Just Hit Publish?

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@DenzilDoyle  I have several, and the only one that had the same type of Read SMS/MMS language as the Facebook one was Aviate, which I deleted.

6 days, 16 hours ago on Facebook for Android and Why Zuckerberg Now Owns Your Ass

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@StuartHarland  To a degree, yes, I agree, Stuart - the Android marketplace is certainly less controlled than the Apple's equivalent. Yet speaking to devs who work in both, their overarching agreement is that Facebook is duplicitous in the Permissions their app asks for. Their explanation boils down to the need to read for security with regards two-step log-in; yet this feature is markedly missing from Twitter, for example, who only read the Receive Texts option.

Given the news that Facebook are removing chat from the main app and forcing people to download Messenger, Facebook's reasoning it's needed for that function has lost its validity.

6 days, 16 hours ago on Facebook for Android and Why Zuckerberg Now Owns Your Ass

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@JamieCrager  Wow, just read the Mashable piece - that author sure took some heat in the comments.

1 week ago on Facebook for Android and Why Zuckerberg Now Owns Your Ass

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@JamieCrager  "Making it less of a friction experience"? They actually expect people to buy that twaddle? Less friction would be the ability to interact as seamlessly as possible regardless of channel - app, mobile Facebook, or desktop. Having to switch between apps to experience the same platform? Yeah, that's really frictionless...

1 week ago on Facebook for Android and Why Zuckerberg Now Owns Your Ass

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@CorinneRodrigues  Well thank you kindly, miss. :)

1 week ago on Remember When We Just Hit Publish?

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@ExtremelyAvg  But day 4 went well, so they must read it! :)

1 week ago on Remember When We Just Hit Publish?

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@StaffanNilsson  I don't think SEO killed creativity as much as Google's continued algorithm tweaks. It's getting so that we're worrying about what not to publish, as opposed to just hitting send and working the search part out alongside it.

1 week ago on Remember When We Just Hit Publish?

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@Mark Longbottom  Yep, I've never really been a fan of writing for a bot. I'll respect SEO, but don't want to be a slave to it and analyze every minor detail about optimizing - that's when we run the risk of losing organic content for traffic-driven stuff.

1 week ago on Remember When We Just Hit Publish?

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@BilalJaffery  I've gotten to the stage where if I don't have it finished in the same sitting, I trash it. I don't want to fall into the trap of potentially over-analyzing something and losing the original meaning. I completely understand research pieces, but "just content" should flow as it comes out. At least, my preference. :)

1 week ago on Remember When We Just Hit Publish?

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@Yeomanis  What's your take?

On a different note, what's the reasoning behind charging people to enter your contest for potential prizes? It's not really an "award" if you have to pay for it; more like a raffle, no?

1 week ago on Remember When We Just Hit Publish?

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@rajatkhanduja  There's a difference between call access and read access. Twitter doesn't need read access, they simply use receive texts as the datapoint; so it seems Facebook is making users adhere to non-essential Permissions. And given the news that's they're removing the chat feature from the app to force you to use Messenger, it seems a deliberate move to access more data.

1 week ago on Facebook for Android and Why Zuckerberg Now Owns Your Ass

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@Chris  As you can see from the post, Chris, I did uninstall. The article was written to highlight the new Permissions to users that may not be aware of it. Speaking of ToS, do you read every single word of every single ToS for services, apps, installs, CMS's, etc, that you use? Since, if you do, you'd be about the only person on the planet that does. 

Thanks for the tips.

1 week ago on Facebook for Android and Why Zuckerberg Now Owns Your Ass

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@Randy Milanovic  Wow. Here's to you, mate.

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

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@MarkOrlan  Great comment, and thoughtful addition.

I guess for me, your point highlights why it's not brands that have relationships with people, but people have relationships with people.

As you mention, it's the brand ambassadors that are creating the connection - if they leave, would the customer remain with the brand or follow the ambassador?

Brands care about profits; people care about relationships. As it should be.

1 week, 2 days ago on Social Media and Brand Relationships: The Big Lie

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I tried to have a relationship with Victoria's Secret. Still serving the constraining order... :)

1 week, 2 days ago on Social Media and Brand Relationships: The Big Lie

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@PeterFox  Just 99%? Damn, I'm slipping, I usually try for 100% BS. :)

You raise some good points, but I'm not sure I agree on Android/Google as being the key driver of Permssions (I actually know a couple of devs that work on a lot of Android products). While it's Google's system, as you mention, other apps from the main social networks don't have that kind of language in there (at least, not yet). The only one that's close is Twitter, and that's just to receive SMS messages (not read them).

It's exactly the average Joe that this affects more, though, since they're the users who generally don't dig into the Permissions (or aren't aware of how deep some of them can connect). 

Given that Facebook is going hardcore after mobile ads as a key source of revenue, I'm wary of suggestions that they wouldn't want to access more mobile data. As I mentioned in the article, I'm in marketing so data is key - but there's always a line that shouldn't be crossed and, for me, this update and Permissions is one of these.

Thanks for the thoughtful comment, appreciated.

1 week, 2 days ago on Facebook for Android and Why Zuckerberg Now Owns Your Ass

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@Karusan  Yep, I recall an issue with Klout a while back as well, where deleted accounts could still be viewed, along with demographic data when looking at the source code. So much for respecting users' requests.

1 week, 2 days ago on Facebook for Android and Why Zuckerberg Now Owns Your Ass

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@AndreaSchiavini  Agreed, and that's why I used the term "invasion of privacy" as opposed to stealing. At the end of the day, it is user choice - the problem is, too many don't realize what app permissions require.

1 week, 2 days ago on Facebook for Android and Why Zuckerberg Now Owns Your Ass

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@Sunnywilliam  I read an article over at Hacker News about the announcement Facebook will be offering free calls to Messenger users. Not encrypted. Awesome.

1 week, 2 days ago on Facebook for Android and Why Zuckerberg Now Owns Your Ass

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@mmahdi  As far as I can see, that App Privacy option isn't shown on my OS. Perhaps different phones/versions have different methods?

1 week, 2 days ago on Facebook for Android and Why Zuckerberg Now Owns Your Ass

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@Sabinchen  As far as I'm aware, it's just the latest Android version (a friend confirmed she didn't see these settings on her iPhone). 

1 week, 2 days ago on Facebook for Android and Why Zuckerberg Now Owns Your Ass

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@MelanieKissell  Thanks, miss, glad you enjoyed, and thank you for always dropping by. :)

1 week, 2 days ago on The Sunday Share: A Game of Social Thrones

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@Howie Goldfarb  Did you mean to post this on the Facebook for Android post? :)

1 week, 2 days ago on The Sunday Share: A Game of Social Thrones

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@Howie Goldfarb  Are these Likes using the Facwbook button on a web page, or Likes of posts within Facebook itself? It'd be interesting to see how native compares with external.

1 week, 2 days ago on The Sunday Share: A Game of Social Thrones

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Just saw this over on Facebook, seemed kinda apt.

1 week, 2 days ago on Your Legacy: How Do You Want to be Remembered?

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Thoughtful post, miss. For me, it's much like @belllindsay - whatever mistakes I make in life, I would hope that I get raising my kids right. Both Jacki and I are very focused on making sure they understand values, without keeping them restricted by them. And letting them learn at their own pace, as opposed to forcing our pace onto them.

1 week, 2 days ago on Your Legacy: How Do You Want to be Remembered?

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@ladyashen  I had a look at their app Permissions last night, following the debate around the Facebook one. They're definitely leaving little privacy for us, although - for now - none of them come close to the Facebook for Android app Permissions. The closest is Twitter, who requires Receive Access (but that's still not quite as bad as the Read approach Facebook is taking).

I can't help but notice the irony that as more of us take to mobile for social web browsing, the privacy screws are loosened. Hey ho.

1 week, 3 days ago on Facebook for Android and Why Zuckerberg Now Owns Your Ass

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@PeterShankman It'd make sense - though even the G+ app doesn't have the same crappy Permissions, given that the connection just needs to be made to send and receive, without the need to read. This battle between the networks is, sadly, turning what was once a great collection of networks into a playing field for the gullible and quick-to-scan.  @chriscct7  

1 week, 3 days ago on Facebook for Android and Why Zuckerberg Now Owns Your Ass

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@VickiM  Depending on Android settings go to Settings > Manage Apps > Facebook > Uninstall. That's the standard deletion, but phone manufacturers may have different ways to approach (though end result is the same).

1 week, 3 days ago on Facebook for Android and Why Zuckerberg Now Owns Your Ass

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@chriscct7 Agree, and their wording shows this. The question is whether there will be pushback on it. Too many people definitely ignore reading the changelogs, and that's what Facebook (and others like them) rely on. However, it's beginning to gain traction for people to be more concerned about privacy, especially as these types of terms get highlighted (while I know this post is but one in the grand scheme of things, it's generated a healthy discussion on Facebook with a large majority deleting the app).

At the end of the day, like anything Facebook does it'll probably succeed because of user apathy - it's the users that need to push back and refuse this kind of access. 

1 week, 4 days ago on Facebook for Android and Why Zuckerberg Now Owns Your Ass

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@chriscct7 PS - on a separate note, kudos on your tech skills and products, just checked out your site, nice job!

1 week, 4 days ago on Facebook for Android and Why Zuckerberg Now Owns Your Ass

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@chriscct7 Facebook has already proven it can keep texts and Facebook separate, as highlighted by the option to use Messenger with just a phone number and name (in certain regions, not worldwide).

By making specific requests to read your SMS from the main Facebook App, as opposed to the separate Messenger one, it's a step in a very questionable direction.

1 week, 4 days ago on Facebook for Android and Why Zuckerberg Now Owns Your Ass

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@chriscct7 You can pretty much do that now with various apps. The difference is, they're still independent and usage of the SMS feature is simply to send and receive, not give Read Access to them. This is the key differentiator.

1 week, 4 days ago on Facebook for Android and Why Zuckerberg Now Owns Your Ass

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@chriscct7  I saw their reasoning for the SMS access, and I don't buy it. Yes, you go there to read FB messages and perhaps use their Messenger app. But that's internal to the FB ecosystem. SMS messaging is a different beast altogether, and for (mostly) different contacts and conversations. 

The Hub can survive with public updates and private messages without the need to access and read our SMS.

1 week, 4 days ago on Facebook for Android and Why Zuckerberg Now Owns Your Ass

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@Bruce Bolger  Hi Bruce,

Thanks for taking the time to get involved in the discussion - many wouldn't, so it's appreciated. You're preaching to the choir when it comes to people over profits, and ethical businesses - I just feel the message was lost because it was such a robotic approach that any key discussions that could have taken place were lost, because you weren't taking the time to let the questions sink in, before sending out the same (or similar) automated tweet.

Again, appreciate the input and good luck with the publication.

1 week, 4 days ago on Why Your Brand Looks Foolish When You Don’t Walk the Talk

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@RebeccaTodd  Yeah, I get the need for shorthand on Twitter, but there are certain approaches you need to think more about. Or is that u need 2 think more abt? ;-)

1 week, 4 days ago on Why Your Brand Looks Foolish When You Don’t Walk the Talk

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