Five for Friday

Twitter Propaganda I love productive and quick weeks. For some reason everything aligned perfectly and I had no real wasted time and got a lot done while the time flew bye. Now that it is Friday, I can look forward to a weekend of relaxing with Mrs. & baby Espo and a viewing of the new Harry Potter flick. How was your week? Any big plans for the weekend? Have a good one and I’ll catch you on Monday, until then here’s this week’s edition of Five for Friday.

Brands and Consumers Create Value Together – do you have a customer-facing community or have you participated in a company’s community? If so, you probably know the benefits of this interaction and collaboration between brands and customers. This article offers some stats on the benefits of the true value of when brands and companies collaborate like this.

#fuckyouwashington – If you haven’t been living under a rock, you know that our nation’s capital is a mess right now fighting over debt and trying not to default on our loans. Like many others you have probably had enough and are ready to scream when you hear people going one way or another. Well Jeff Jarvis did too, and he leveraged Twitter to share his distaste for the folks we’ve got playing Russian roulette with our future. The result of his one tweet and a subsequent hashtag were pretty cool and worth checking out.

If Social Media Was Around For The World Wars – these are some pretty cool sketches of old-school style war propaganda posters using social as the platform. My favorite is the image for this article.

Captain Smack, Red Pills, Rabbit Holes, and the Blogging Matrix – I have some smart friends and love whenever I read a post from one of them that reminds me of it. This post from Dan Perez was the best one that I read all week. Not only does it take a look at blogging in general, but also the near cultish way many of us approach social media similar to the Matrix, and if you only read one article in this week’s edition make this one it.

How social media are amplifying customer outrage – In some ways CNN is a few years late to the party noting the customer service ability of social media, but helps get around that by highlighting the overall sheer number of negative responses to Netflix pricing structure change. It is worth a read if you want to see the number of complaints.

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