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Klouchebag, a site that “is the standard for measuring asshattery online,” launched today, and we’re seeing a lot of scores in the “bit of a douchebag” range zip across Twitter. PRNewser scored a mere 26, so we’re “mostly alright” though the site suggests that we cut down on the retweets. But retweets make us happy!!
Here’s your pro tip of the day: If you are arrested and find yourself without bail money, launch a website and have a fundraiser. Maybe you don’t have access to a computer while you’re in jail. Ask your family and/or friends to launch a site for you. Or hire someone to do the job and then use your successful bail-money-raising website to also raise funds to pay the designer.
The family of Anna Gristina, who’s been arrested and charged with being a “Manhattan madam,” has launched a website to raise money for her bail. Housed in Riker’s Island, her family contends that Gristina is being held in disgusting conditions (there are rats and roaches) and that the $2 million the court is asking for is “cruel and unusual.” The site takes an extra tug at the heartstrings by putting a picture of Gristina on the homepage with two cute kids (above).
Marcia DiStaso, assistant professor of PR at the College of Communications at Penn State University, surveyed 1,300 PR pros and they say 60 percent of Wikipedia entries contain errors about their clients. And because of rules against PRs editing Wikipedia articles, the errors can remain published for an indefinite amount of time.
According to information we received via email, DiStaso has been conducting Wikipedia research since 2006 and gathered responses from PR pros across agencies, nonprofit organizations, companies, and other groups. She told ABC News that PRs are only allowed to leave comments and wait for a public response. Ideally, Wikipedia guidelines say that should happen within five days. But nearly a quarter of respondents (24 percent) say they never heard back. More than half of respondents thought the rules should be changed.
Over the weekend, George Zimmerman, the man who shot unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, registered the website therealgeorgezimmerman.com, which includes a PayPal link for donations to his defense and living expenses.
In addition to the Paypal link, Zimmerman says in a statement that he has “been forced to leave my home, my school, my employer, my family and ultimately, my entire life,” as a result of the February 26 shooting. A section labeled “The Facts” only includes a quote about facts and evidence, though presents no information about the shooting.
A section labeled “My Race” has a quote from Thomas Payne.
Special prosecutor for the case Angela Corey announced yesterday that she wouldn’t present be presenting to a grand jury that was scheduled to convene today. It has been cancelled. However, experts say a decision about how this case will proceed could come soon.
Chances are, many of your clients have a corporate blog that’s going nowhere. Who’s reading it? No one. What’s on it? Nothing. Boring.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. In today’s guest post, Adam Singer, head of Lewis PR‘s digital marketing practice, gives us 10 tips for shaping up a blah corporate blog. Singer has experience working with both B2B and B2C clients. And Lewis PR just recently published a new guide, “The Changing Face of Communications,” where you can get more information on a variety of comms issues. Click here for more.
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Top row l to r: Google, Converseon, Craigslist. Bottom row l to r: Wikipedia, Wired, and Google. Click here to get a better look at Google’s infographic.
We are losing the Internet, site by site. Google has a big black box on its logo. Wikipedia is dark. And dozens of New Yorkers may be out on the street because they can’t get to the rental listings on Craigslist.
Websites are taking their opposition to SOPA (the Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act) to the Web, protesting the bill by demonstrating what they think will happen should it go into effect. Still a little fuzzy on what it all means? Fast Company has got a quick summary here. A few other screenshots are available on Poynter.org.
The Guardian is liveblogging the protest, updating this webpage with a list of sites that are joining in. A full list of participants and how to turn your site into a site of protest is available on the SOPAStrike site.
After the jump, we’ve got a poll to gather your thoughts on the impact that SOPA would have on your business.
Eventbrite has chosen MWW Group as AOR to promote the company’s services and raise awareness of the brand on a national level. The company is probably very familiar to folks in the PR world; Eventbrite specializes in online event organization including online ticketing and other aspects of event planning.
MWW previously worked with Eventbrite on its launch of a mobile app. The firm’s San Francisco office will lead the account with members of the tech and digital content practice handling the work. Other accounts being handled out of that practice include Samsung and Vimeo. MWW’s media team in New York will also lend a hand.
Are you tired of having your pitches ignored by the producers for Bill O’Reilly and Rush Limbaugh? The conservative media will have a new outlet soon in the Washington Free Beacon, , Politico reports. The website is brought to you by the Center for American Freedom, an advocacy group founded by conservative journalists, including Michael Goldfarb, former Weekly Standard writer and now a partner at lobbying firm Orion Strategies. As the Republican version of the liberal Center for American Progress — whose motto is “Progressive ideas for a strong, just, and free America” — this new group is making an attempt to compete in the fast-paced world of online news.
Matthew Continetti, Sarah Palin fan and former editor at The Weekly Standard, are among those reported to be on the editorial staff. Others are Bill Gertz from the Washington Times and Washington Jewish Week’s Adam Kredo.
Louis CK has been the talk of the town for the past week or so. The comedian used his own money to produce a special, “Louis CK: Live from the Beacon Theater” in the hopes of finally making some money off the sales of his stand-up routines. He announced last night on the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon that he’s had $1 million in sales.
First, the move makes him look like some kind of Internet genius. With no muss, no fuss, he simply posted the routine online, asked fans nicely not to steal it, and BAM! Success.
Second, he announced that he’s only keeping $220,000, with the rest going to charity. So even though the man can talk ad nauseam about farts, he’s also a generous soul.
Third, he’s made his name as a “working-class loser” but now we know he has cash. Rather than stick with the tried and true, which would no longer be true, he’s evolved in this stand-up routine in order to stay relevant. The New York Times charts the many changes to his comedy over recent years.
So Louis CK shows that great results can come from keeping things simple, giving back, and being honest. Nice.
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