R7 Weekly Retro

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October 30th, 2010

Google…I mean, Facebook…no, Google Faces Probes Over Privacy Issues

Seems like privacy issues are the new black. Adding to Facebook’s privacy fiasco is Google’s run-in with “accidental collection” of users’ personal information, including entire emails, URLs and passwords. Google admitted that cars sent to take photos for its Street View mapping service also carried Internet eavesdropping gear.  Investigations are ongoing.

http://usat.ly/amDtF2

MySpace Rebranding

With the launch of the new MySpace this week, online socialites have a new destination for social entertainment—not to be confused with social networking. Throughout the month of November, MySpace will roll out a completely revamped interface to its users, transforming everything from the homepage to profiles to the new Topic Pages.

http://on.mash.to/d5xiX7

11 Scary Confessions About Life as a PR Pro

In honor of Halloween, we couldn’t resist sharing the SCARY TRUTH about life as a PR/marketing professional (as told by Tom Nixon of Ragan).

1. I see more of my smart phone than I do of my children.

2. I actually consider how the lady at the drive-thru window “messaged” the fact that they were out of fries.

3. I spend almost as much time viewing the source code of a website as I do consuming the actual content.

4. I see the likes of Tiger Woods sex scandals through the prism of crisis communications, and not for the sheer entertainment of it all.

5. I get confused when I don’t see a “Share This” widget when leafing through the morning newspaper.

For the remaining six confessions, go here: http://bit.ly/at5Pm2, and don’t forget to share this. 🙂

Happy Halloween!

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