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Pope Francis Says The Internet Is ‘A Gift From God’, Urges Us to Become ‘Citizens Of The Digital World’

Pope Francis Says The Internet Is ‘A Gift From God’, Urges Us to Become ‘Citizens Of The Digital World’

By Josh Wolford January 23, 2014 | 4 Comments

For progressive Catholics and the progressive non-religious, Pope Francis has been a pretty bit hit in his first year in the papacy. Between his “judge ye not” stance on gays, advocacy for the poor, and disparaging remarks about capitalism as …

Email, Social Media Communication Increases, IM Use Decreases Email, Social Media Communication Increases, IM Use Decreases
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As part of a study commissioned by Microsoft, market research company MarketTools surveyed 1,268 professionals and students over the age of 18 about their email habits and other forms of communication at home and at work. 45% of those surveyed …

AT&T Sells Centennial Comm. Assets to Verizon

AT&T announced that it has completed the sale of certain wireless assets of Centennial Communications to Verizon Wireless. The release says:

Forget the TV, Now the Revolution Will Be Twittered
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Assuming haven’t spent the past 5 years under a rock, you can’t help but be aware of how much our social interaction and communications habits are changing. As a matter of fact, it’s getting to the point that hiding under a rock is less and less of an option. Most rocks these days are in 3G coverage areas and the few that aren’t will be shortly.

Social Media Can Lead To Better Companies

With every new development in social media, communications departments are faced with new challenges. If the end goal is to control the message – and that is the boiled-down purpose of communications departments – then the expansion and adoption of social media is a direct obstacle to that goal.

3′s Plans for the Coming Year
I spent an interesting and enjoyable couple of hours at mobile operator 3’s UK headquarters in Maidenhead last week in the company of a handful of bloggers and some executives from 3.

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Market Research Continues to Move Online

A few months ago, I wrote about online panels, and I am finding more and more marketers moving their market research online.

Businesses Should Email Interested Consumers

More than half of U.S. consumers who say they are interested in a company are open to receiving a personalized or generic email or text message from the business they are interested in, according to Vertis "2007 Customer Focus Tech Savvy’ study.

Electrolux and Social Media

When conversation turns to companies that have embraced social media, Electrolux isn’t one of the names that comes up. However, Richard Gatarski sent me a note about a post he wrote on the launch today of Electrolux’s social media newsroom.

Highlights from Blogging for Business Conference

The Blogging for Business Conference was held 22 October 2007 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Discovery Forks Over $250M For HowStuffWorks

Discovery Communications owns well-known brands such as the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet.  For the price of $250 million, it now owns HowStuffWorks.com, too.

Google Ready To Lay Some Pipe

A trans-Pacific cable could be ready to launch in 2009, connecting Google to Asia and the Pacific while delivering a significant cost savings to the company.

Unified Communications Bring Network Traffic

Seventy-five percent of companies estimate that a quarter of their network traffic over the last three months consisted of unified communications-related applications (VoIP, unified messaging, instant messaging), according to a survey from Network General Corporation.

EFF Reminds AT&T What It Said The First Time

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has sent a reminder to AT&T (and the rest of us) that at one time the company resisted government pressure to spy on US citizens, and even publicized it.

Google Makes Real Estate-AdWords Arrangement
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Google’s in it for the long haul – the search giant just signed a three-year deal with Network Communications, “the leading publisher of printed and online real estate information in North America.”  At stake?  AdWords.

Google Challenging Skype

Last week Google made its move against eBay owned Skype, an online person-to-person internet telephony company, with the purchase of startup company, GrandCentral Communications.

Snail Mail vs. Email Study Yields Mixed Results
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There are a number of questions not readily answerable about this survey, but some of the results make intuitive sense to me at least. The survey was conducted by International Communications Research (ICR) and concludes that customers overwhelmingly prefer promotional messages via snail mail (but that doesn’t mean they are persuaded by them).