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Hollywood Sounds Off on Decision to Cancel The Interview

Every time something big happens in the world, there’s some sort of round up of Hollywood reaction on social media. On most occasions, it’s kind of like, “Who cares?” We don’t need to know what Selena Gomez thinks about falling oil prices or the elections in some faraway land. But Hollywood is sounding off on the decision to pull The Interview from theaters and this is something that is right in their wheelhouse.

The group (or country) behind the massive Sony hack that’s been topping the headlines sent out a warning that there would be repercussions for any theater that shows The Interview on its screens. Sony said they would respect whatever decision the theater companies made in response. Right away, the largest theater companies, from AMC Entertainment to Regal Entertainment and beyond, said they wouldn’t show the film. (In Dallas, they’re replacing The Interview with Team America*, which is why it’s trending on Twitter.) So Sony killed the whole thing.

The outrage from Hollywood has been fast and furious on Twitter, with many expressing anger and disappointment that there wouldn’t be a bigger stand for freedom of expression.  Read more

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The 5 Categories of Digital Friends for PR Professionals

digital friendsLast week, I was having a conversation about my peeps on Twitter.

“How did you get them all?” “What did you do to get their attention?” And possibly “Did you buy them a steak dinner?” And it got me thinking about the many reasons people like following others, as well as getting others to follow them.

While the top reason is ego…eh, influence, there are other aspects to offering reasons to get people to like your pictures or posts, or comment on your tweets. So, I began to audit my own Twitter account, which led to me this: PR folk making “digital” friends.

Are they real? Do they exist? Would they care if they met you IRL? Does any of this make sense? For the average PR pro, digital friends fall into five main categories (yes, it’s this week’s #5Things).

Where do you fall? Read more

Ugly Sweaters for a Good Cause: Brands Celebrate UK’s ‘Christmas Jumper Day’

proxyIn the UK, the donning of hideously tacky Christmas sweaters has gone beyond an ironic fashion statement and party theme; today, Friday, December 12, is Christmas Jumper Day, a day dedicated to celebrating all things sequins and yarn while supporting the British charity Save The Children. The idea is for every person who sports a Christmas “jumper” today to consider giving a small donation of £2 by texting WOOLY to 70050.

Curious to see how organizations and brands would take part, we took to Twitter to explore the XmasJumperDay hashtag, and found roughly what we expected: many seriously fabulous sweaters; companies and organizations decking themselves out while ensuring the charitable side of things remains the focus; and, of course, some brands hijacking the hashtag for their own purposes.

Here are some examples of brands and organizations keeping the clickbait classy by supporting Save The Children:

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Daniel Graf’s Departure from Twitter May Cause Dark Cloud of PR for CEO

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Meet Daniel Graf.

The guy is kind of a big deal in the world tech. In this interview from Engadget last year, he was talking about his latest contribution to the Interweb and your phone — a little thing called Google Maps. In April, Daniel heard of this social media start up that was looking for a guy.

They call it Twitter.

From Google to Twitter, you would think he would happy at his gig. Yeah, he’s unemployed at the moment…by choice. What happened? Find out after the jump.

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Bill Cosby Breaks Silence to Thank Notable Defenders on Twitter

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More than twenty women have now accused Bill Cosby of sexual misbehavior. Yesterday one of those women filed the first lawsuit against the entertainer, but Cosby, 77, has been defiantly silent as the story snowballs.

His silence ended yesterday evening when two people he knows and adores did what no one else is willing to do at this point: they defended him.

The two people are Jill Scott (left) and Whoopi Goldberg (right). And in this odd world of virality, he did them a solid on Twitter.

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Is the CIA Taking Its Tweeting Too Far?

state of affairsWhen the CIA first joined Twitter, everyone chuckled a bit. But right away, the agency was determined to charm us. Since then, the feed has been a mixture of facts about CIA work and service, history and a joke here and there.

But now it looks like the CIA wants to add to its tweeting repertoire. It’s kind of live tweeting the NBC show State of Affairs. TMZ was in touch with the CIA spokesperson who said the show presented an opportunity “counter popular myths and misconceptions about the Agency …”

Is live tweeting a fictional NBC program (starring Katherine Heigl!) the best way to do that? Probably not.

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Prince Is Not Thankful for His Online Fans

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Talk about a “controversy” making people “delirious.”

In the record span of two months, the enigmatic-genius-symbol currently known as Prince did the unthinkable — he gave his fans what they wanted and then took it all away…along with his entire video collection online.

And then he drove away in his Little Red Corvette and made all the doves cry.

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Twitter CFO Doesn’t Understand How Twitter Works

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In most cases, the surest sign of excellent internal communications is a team’s ability to fully advocate for and support the brand in any situation.

Do people from Disney have a hard time discussing magic? Do employees of any sports team hesitate to talk up their players? No, because they are acolytes, brand champions and, perhaps, consumers of the Kool-Aid.

You’d think a company like Twitter — which is all about communications — would be on top of its own messaging efforts. But company CFO Anthony Noto made national news yesterday thanks to his seeming inability to figure out how the service’s direct messaging feature works.

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National Media Runs with Fake Lisa Bonet Tweet About Cosby

lisa-bonetRemember her?

For years, she was seen on posters in pre-pubescent boys’ school lockers. Lately, she may as well be seen on milk cartons because Lisa Bonet has not made much of an appearance beyond a guest spot on Portlandia and the whole “getting married to Khal Drogo” thing.

Of course, now that her former boss has encountered a wave of negative publicity, many people in the media are looking for a quote, a wink, even a shrug that may irrefutably deny or confirm the narrative. In fact, the media is so hungry for confirmation from the former Cosby Show crew that they might fail to focus on whether the “people” in question are real.

That’s exactly what happened this weekend.

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Dave & Busters Can’t Even Do Racism Right on #TacoTuesday

dave-busters-taco-tuesdayFrom Del Taco to Rosa’s Cafe to Taco Bell, no one really knows the source — but #TacoTuesday is a thing known to kids (and parents looking for a quick bargain) across this great land of ours. It’s fun. It’s cheap. It’s even famous on ‘the Twitter,’ from what our  parents tell us.

Yesterday, a happening place known to Texans for sports, games, and fun called Dave & Busters (that has no business chiming in on a day known for such snackable TexMex goodness), decided to tweet on this most festive of occasions.

And did so in a slightly-racist-but-we-have-the-jokey-jokes fashion.

The tweet may have been deleted but the conversation is still visible to everyone — will someone in charge of social media at anywhere finally realize that this is not necessarily the job for a hipster with little to lose but a paycheck? Read more

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