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Roll Call: Walmart Exec Joins H+K, Groupon Exec Joins Weber, and More

George Shelton has been named SVP at Hill + Knowlton Strategies, leading the reputation management and corporate practice starting February 15. Shelton was previously senior director for insights, advocacy, and outreach for Walmart, a role focused on the company’s commercial goals and public policy programs. In this new role, he’ll be based in Austin and focused on CSR, messaging, reputation management, and media outreach.

Brad Williams, previously the global comms VP for Groupon, has joined Weber Shandwick as head of the North American technology practice. He’ll be based in Sunnyvale, CA and report to Heidi Sinclair, president of the global tech group. Williams also has experience working with eBay, Yahoo!, and VeriSign. He stepped down from his post at Groupon in August 2011.

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Tech News: Photos on Twitter, 5 More Networks on Klout, Video Chat on Facebook


Twitter‘s PR rep Sean Garrett tells TechCrunch that its photo hosting service is operational for everyone, but not from your mobile device (yet).

Klout has added Blogger, Tumblr, Flickr, Instagram, and Last.fm to its influencer measurement system. Klout measurements now include 10 networks. [via Klout blog]

Buried in the Facebook Messenger app (the top free app on iTunes since launching on Tuesday) is a video chat service. [via MSNBC]

Speaking of MSNBC, its Twitter handle/website Breaking News has partnered with Storify. According to TechCrunch, Storify averages 6.5 million story views per month.

Media intelligence company VMS has announced a partnership with Media Monitors Pty Ltd, a media intelligence company in the Asia-Pacific region. Media Monitors will provide VMS North America clients with content from the region, including Australia, New Zealand, and China.

MyMediaInfo is celebrating its five-year anniversary with a giveaway for nonprofits. The company will award five nonprofits a free one-year subscription to its MyMediaInfo Media Contacts Database and the Social Media Module, worth $5,000 each. Nominations will be accepted starting tomorrow through September 30 with the giveaways awarded on October 15

Twitter PR Hiring Not Over

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Not surprisingly, Twitter will continue to expand its PR team, says vice president of communications Sean Garrett, who joined the company as its first internal PR person this past March.

Garrett has staffed up recently, hiring Carolyn Penner from Google and Matt Graves from social music service imeem.

Now the company is looking for a government liaison in Washington, D.C. to lead up what it calls a “fledgling public policy department.” In addition, the company will also add two to three PR positions before the end of 2010, reports PRWeek.

Tim Dyson, CEO of Next Fifteen Communications, the holding company of Garrett’s previously employer, 463 Communications, recently told PRNewser that he believes Garrett’s job is “awfully challenging,” given his amount of resources in relation to Twitter’s growth and communications demands being put on the company.

Next Fifteen CEO Tim Dyson: ‘Still Very Active’ With Acquisitions

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Tim Dyson is CEO of Next Fifteen Communications, which owns agencies Text 100, Bite, OutCast, Lexis and M Booth. The company counts more than $200 million in annual revenues.

Next Fifteen acquired M Booth this past August, and is “still very active” when it comes to the M&A market, said Dyson.

In this interview, Dyson gives his take on Twitter PR, which is currently being run by Next Fifteen alum Sean Garrett, which global regions he sees as poised for growth, why he’d have “ethical issues working with a big oil company,” and much more.

You’re an active blogger and Twitterer. Do you think other PR CEOs and executives should be too? Or, does it matter if an agency CEO is or isn’t on Twitter, or blogging?

I think, like many of the people like myself, who have been in the industry for a long time, the digital revolution is a challenge to us. You grow up, you learn the industry, and you get used to doing things a certain way. You get used to brands being impacted by certain influencers. Digital has completely changed everything. From my perspective, I felt the very least I could do was to embrace the tools, and experience as much as possible myself.

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Twitter Feed @BPGlobalPR More Clearly Labels Itself a Fake After BP Request

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The parody Twitter feed @BPGlobalPR has updated its bio to make it more clear that the feed is a parody of BP, as opposed to an official BP communications vehicle.

The Twitter account posted yesterday afternoon, “Not sure what we’ve done wrong, but we’ve been asked to change our name/profile to indicate that we’re ‘fake.’” The bio was then changed to, “We are not associated with Beyond Petroleum, the company that has been destroying the Gulf of Mexico for 50 days.”

Did BP ask for the update? Indeed they did.

Twitter VP communications Sean Garrett told PRNewser today, “BP requested that the account holder be asked to comply with Twitter’s guidelines regarding parody. Twitter subsequently provided the account holder suggestions of best practices that are found on our parody policy page here.”

Will BP go so far as to try and shut down the account altogether? A source at Brunswick Group, which is currently working with BP, told PRNewser, “I heard they would never do that.”

Twitter’s policy, referenced by Garrett, says the user names of parody accounts, “should distinguish the account with a qualifier such as ‘not,’ ‘fake,’ or ‘fan.’”

One digital executive at a large agency told PRNewser, “We’ve had abusive accounts shut down for clients.” Stay tuned.

RELATED: Person Behind @BPGlobalPR ‘Reveals’ Themselves

Twitter Continues To Grow PR Team

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Matt Graves, formerly head of marketing communications at social music service imeem, has joined Twitter’s growing PR department. imeem was acquired by MySpace in November 2009 and subsequently shut down.

Before imeem, Graves was director of public relations at RealNetworks.

463 Communications Partner Sean Garrett joined Twitter as the company’s first internal PR executive — with the title vp of communications — this past February. His first hire was Carolyn Penner from Google in April.

“I’m looking to hire two relatively senior people and one junior person. I am not looking to hire an agency anytime soon,” Garrett told PRNewser in March.

Is Twitter the Mafia?

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Consider this quote Twitter business development executive Tony Wang gave to AllThingsD, in regards to the company’s new terms of service, which say the social network wants an un-specified cut of revenues from companies making money off Twitter content:

We’re saying if there’s this thing you’re doing, and you’re selling ads against it, and it’s really big, we want to participate in that.

So, doing well with the Twitter platform means they want a piece of the pie, which certainly sounds mafia-ish, but not unusual. A revenue split with companies monetizing Twitter content is not necessarily surprising, but the statement by Wang is vague and doesn’t set any specific terms to the company’s policy.

The terms of service changes come in the same week that the company also announced a ban on “in-stream advertising,” which will likely affect a number of companies.

Given all of the changes, we reached out to Twitter’s recently hired vp of communications, Sean Garrett. Right away, we received an out of office message from Garrett telling us he’d be out through May 27th, with “limited access to email.”

So, the company for one is muddy on messaging, and two, their head of PR is out of the office.

Is Garrett on vacation, we asked? Turns out he didn’t like that question, and responded only with, “Seriously, Joe?”

Of course, that didn’t answer our question, but we’re still curious as to why Twitter’s head of PR would be out of the office with “limited access to email” during a week in which major planned changes by the social network were announced.

Twitter PR Hires Carolyn Penner From Google

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First on PRNewser: Twitter has hired Carolyn Penner from Google to join its growing PR team, Twitter VP Communications Sean Garrett confirmed to PRNewser today.

Penner has been with Google for almost three years and most recently held the position of associate in the global communications and public affairs department.

Garrett told PRNewser Penner starts with the company next week. Garrett himself joined Twitter in mid-February and told PRNewser that he plans on expanding his team.

Twitter Staffing Up PR Department

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Twitter will soon be making additions to its PR department, Vice President of Communications Sean Garrett told PRNewser today.

“I’m looking to hire two relatively senior people and one junior person. I am not looking to hire an agency anytime soon,” he said.

The team will help cover consumer, media partnerships, product, monetization, mobile, corporate, ecosystem, and international PR. “It’s no small task,” said Garrett.

He hopes to have the hires in place by April. They will be based in San Francisco. Garrett joined Twitter in February from agency 463 Communications.

UPDATE: PRWeek has more details here.

Sean Garrett Joins Twitter as VP, Communications

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463 Communications Partner Sean Garrett is leaving the tech PR agency to join Twitter as VP, Communications, he said in a blog post yesterday afternoon.

Garrett said, in part:

Based on all the love that I have for 463, it would have to be a profoundly amazing opportunity for me to make a move. And, this is. I’m all the more confident of this because, via 463, I have been consulting for Twitter the last few months.

I’m excited to build out a creative, smart and aggressive team that is an appropriate fit for the uniqueness of Twitter. I’m also eager to dust off my front-line media relations chops after spending most of the last nine years focused on the shadowy, back-room strategy thing.

We’ve asked Twitter co-founder Biz Stone several times if the company planned on hiring outside PR help with all of the venture capital money they’ve raised. About a year ago, Stone told us Twitter had “no plans just yet” to hire PR. This past June Stone said Twitter had not hired “any PR company.”

That being said, we’re not entirely surprised to see Twitter go the in-house route.

Garrett co-founded 463 Communications in 2004, after stints at Applied Communications and Bite Communications. 463 is a part of holding company Next Fifteen, which includes the aforementioned Bite Communications, as well as Text 100, M. Booth & Associates and OutCast Communications. More to come…