Just Keep Swimming: Week 7 Linky Loves

We’re on the downhill slide of the term. Just three weeks to go (and a ton of grading), and winter term will be in the books. So just keep swimming! We’re almost there.

This week’s links feel very random, to me, but each interesting on its own merits. You can learn more info about these “linky loves” and the background on the students’ assignment here.

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Gold Medal Linky Loves for Week 6

The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia are in full swing. I must admit that I haven’t been watching much, just keeping up on the periphery. However, this week’s linky love best of posts seem to have naturally gravitated toward sport this week on their own with the Olympics, college football signing day and a high-profile NFL potential draftee “coming out.” Even if the topic is sports, the ideas are bigger.
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Snowmageddon Week 5 Linky Loves

toddler snow

As I finish this week’s list of best of links, we’re watching another snowstorm dump inches and inches of snow. We had so much snow in December and it stayed for so long. I’m not a happy camper. Part of the reason is that, regardless of the flake factor, the work goes on. Part of that work for my students is their blogging project! Yay!

This week’s links are a bit of a hodgepodge. You can learn more info about these “linky loves” and the background on the students’ assignment here.

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We’re in the Groove, Now! Week Four Linky Loves

At this point in the term, we’re all finding our groove. We’re far enough into the quarter to have some routines established and expectations for each class calendared out for the term. I’d say that “in the groove” for me this term is more about learning to dance with new partners to new music than to finding routine. But I’m starting to get the hang of that, too.

In my strategic public relations writing class, students have been blogging for two weeks, so they’re finding their own groove. You can learn more info about these “linky loves” and the background on the students’ assignment here.

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Time Warp Linky Loves for Week Three

Is it possible for time to both speed up and slow down simultaneously? This time in the term, it both amazes me that we’re already a third of the way through the term (we’re still finding our groove!) and yet, somehow, how is it only week three.

This is our second round of “best of” posts for my students in Strategic Public Relations Communications. You can learn more info about these “linky loves” and the background on the students’ assignment here.

On with the links!

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Back in the Saddle with the First Herd of Winter Term Linky Loves

Winter term is always my favorite in the academic universe. Students seem more focused, I seem more focused and productive. We could probably blame the dreary weather — after all, what else do we have to do in Oregon in January and February in Oregon? It lacks the distractions of Spring and is more settled in than Fall.

This term, I’m teaching Strategic Public Relations Writing (J452) for the first time in two years. In this class, students blog twice a week for the duration of the term.

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Hanging on! Final Winter Term Linky Love

This is it! The last linky love of the term (and at least until the fall, I’m not teaching this class next term). The end of the term always feels like we’re clawing our way to the finish line and this one is no different. Bleary eyes thanks to brains racing all night long, piles of projects waiting to be finished…but we will survive!

Mandy & I have pulled some great links together this week to finish off the blogging assignment with a bang. As always, you can learn more info about these “linky loves” and the background on the students’ assignment here.

Govt. agencies, colleges demand applicants’ Facebook passwords (The Red Tape Chronicles) – If you post status updates to “friends only”, you may be asked to reveal them for certain jobs. Do you think this is going too far?

Facebook’s U.S. Growth Slowing, But Twitter’s on a Tear (Mashable) – By 2014, eMarketer predicts Twitter will double in size. Why do you think Twitter is growing and Facebook has hits a plateau?

Managing the Information Avalanche (Harvard Business Review) – We may have unlimited access to tons of information, but that doesn’t mean we can understand all of it. Here’s 5 tips to help you avoid information overload.

Want more respect? Money? Don’t talk content (Ragan) If you’re interested in managing web content in your future career, talk strategy with leaders of an organization, not content.

A Modern Definition of Public Relations (PRSA) The winning PR definition has been chosen. Thoughts?

Dear PR People: Please Stop Letting Celebrities Tweet (Crushable) Are celebrities the only ones who need to be careful what they tweet?

Activists Take Apple Workers’-rights campaign to Facebook (CNN) – With rumors of an iPad 3 launch, activists demand Apple to treat their workers better.

The Skill of the Follow up (Brad Lomenick) –  This post has some great advice. Remember to take initiative and not take lack of response personally. Anything here that resonates with you?

8 Old-School Rules for Gen Y (Inc.com) – Real world tips for working in multi-generational offices. What do you think?

7 Ways to Totally Destroy Your Reputation on Twitter  (AllTwitter) – It’s relatively easy to do. Some advice for avoiding reputation meltdown.

Inviting (Style Bubble) – Paris fashion week designers are sending out some pretty gorgeous invites. Do you think these are worth the time/effort/money? Or just hype?

 

 

Road Tripping Linky Love

As I write this, I’m on Interstate 5 southbound heading to San Francisco for public relations agency tours with a smart and savvy group of students from Allen Hall Public Relations. I’m online from the passenger seat, listening to Pandora… god, I love technology.

Here’s our best of’s for the week. As always, you can learn more info about these “linky loves” and the background on the students’ assignment here.

NBA Fans to Decide Dunk Contest via Twitter in Most Connected All-Star Weekend Yet (Mashable) — A creative way to engage fans via Twitter and social apps.

The social media measurement smackdown (Ragan) —  “As a social marketer, I can’t measure what I do. I just do it.” Really!? You can, and should, measure social media.

Judge: Jail or Facebook apology (Cincinnati Enquirer) — Do you think this violates free speech rights?

CEO Communications: Five Phrases That Signal “BS” (MarketingProfs) –Phrases you should avoid using.

Lay off the Social Media Experts (BetaBeat) — Interesting commentary on the social media profession.

Burberry to Debut Catwalk Collections via Animated GIFs on Twitter (Mashable) — Burberry gets more creative with second Tweetwalk.

Addicted to a Website Called Pinterest: Digital Crack for Women (The Washington Post) — Can’t stay off Pinterest? You aren’t the only one.

Avoid Social Media Overload: 4 Steps to Take Today (Ragan) — Having trouble executing your social media plan? Use these suggestions.

How Political Campaigns Should Be Using Video in 2012 (AdAge) — What are your thoughts?

9 Ways Students Can Use Social Media to Boost Their Careers (Mashable) — Some useful tips to think about using social media to network and build your career.

Clever or crazy: College student blogs for social media agency to hire him (Ragan) — I say pretty smart. What do you think and why?

Five insanely simple ideas to make your next presentation sizzle (Grow) — These might come in handy in the very near future. What do you think?

photo of Mount Shasta, which was in view as I put this post together, via Flickr from James the photographer

 

Quick & Dirty Linky Love

It’s mid-term season here at the UofO and we’re all a little harried and hectic. No commentary today, just the links. Enjoy.

As always, you can learn more info about these “linky loves” and the background on the students’ assignment here.

Desire to tweet stronger than the urge to smoke, drink (Ragan)

Ad Meter: Score one for the baby (USATODAY.com)

Diversity in the PR field: Some progress, though challenges persist (Ragan)

PR Doesn’t Need To Be Objective – Just Ethical (Doug Haslam)

The Fatal Backward Step: Penn State’s Public Relations Catastrophe (American Thinker)

P&G Layoffs Signal Focus on Digital Industry (Jeremiah Owyang)

Airline allows passengers to pick seatmates based on social profiles (Ragan)

5 ways you are sabotaging your PR efforts (Ragan)

Infographic: Internal social media boosts the bottom line (Ragan)

McDonald’s Yanks Radio Ad After Angering Pit Bulls (AdAge)

How can social software get you fired? [infographic] (Tribe HR)

 

The big PR news in the last week was the Komen crisis:

Karen Handel resignation from Komen prompts social media reaction – latimes.com

In wake of VP resignation, what’s next for Komen? (Ragan)

Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation (Ruder Finn Ethics Blog)

Who really owns the Komen Brand? (PRSA)

Winter Linky Love Kick-Off!

We’re kicking off a new term of student bloggers & a new series of “linky love” (best of) posts. This term, I have the pleasure of co-teaching with Mandy Drakeford, so each week’s collection of links will include some favorites from both of us. As always, you can learn more info about these “linky loves” and the background on the students’ assignment here.

Let’s get to the links!

SOPA and PIPA: Let’s Pause and Write Rational Piracy Legislation (Technorati) Think SOPA and PIPA were gone for good? Think again. This is just the start of negotiating rational piracy legislation.

Anonymous Threatens Facebook Shutdown Jan. 28 (Mashable) Could you handle a day without Facebook? Anonymous asks the American people, via YouTube video, to help hack Facebook servers on Jan. 28.

Report: Government officials, CEOs least credible spokespeople to public (PR Daily) Who do you trust to give the most credible information about an organization? Not CEOs or government officials according to the Edelman Trust Barometer.

12 Ads That Changed Super Bowl Marketing (AdAge) What do you think of this list? Are there any ads they left out?

7 Things Nonprofits Should Focus on in 2012 (Razoo) A list of new brand building strategies for nonprofits to explore this year.

Social Media – Part of Your Web Strategy? (SiteProNews) Facebook is “not just teenagers anymore.” How can various industries use Facebook?

Jumping from journalist to social media marketer? 5 things to know (PR Daily) Interesting tips for journalists entering the social media world.

Optimize Your Social Media Schedule. 4 Tips to Avoid the Social Media Time Suck (TopRank Blog) Some advice for you as you’re figuring out how to balance all this SM stuff.

7 Reasons Every Job Seeker Should Blog ({grow}) See? We told you so.

Three Fashion Brands Leveraging Instagram’s API for Marketing Success (Fashionably Marketing Me) I love that fashion brands are often on the forefront of trying new tools. Bergdorf Goodman, ALDO and Levi’s take the leap with Instagram.

Ethical Fashion Show (Europa Regina) Interesting and, apparently, not new. But what does involvement in an ethical fashion show say about your fashion brand? How does it help communicate a company’s values?

Tampa Bay Lightning Fire Mascot Who Was Tackled By Boston Fan (Deadspin) Is the Tampa Bay team taking the right action here?

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