Episode 280: Co-hosts BL Ochman and David Erickson discuss Amazon’s crowdsourcing of responses to Alexa users’ questions; Google’s Recover Together website of resources for addicts; Twitter’s new arrangeable photos feature; Google’s ‘original reporting’ algorithm designed to give more visibility to primary source, trustworthy journalism; WordPress’ purchase of Tumblr; the Zooniverse crowdsourcing network supporting science experiments; an example of a great follow-up PR pitch; the Attorneys General investigating Google; Ledo Pizza’s ill-advised 9/11 tweet; …and much, much more.

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Beyond Social Media - State of the Internet - Episode 272

Episode 272: BL and David discuss Mary Meeker’s 2019 Internet Trends Report; a deep fake of Mark Zuckerberg himself; Radiohead thwarts extortionists; Barney’s department store doubles as your dealer; Google Data Studio 101; VW takes its reputation cleanup seriously; Kraft rebrands ranch dressing as salad frosting; Internet-prompted evolution; thumbdrive hacking; the definition of hate speech; two popups too many;…and much, much more.

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Beyond Social Media - Stranger Things New Coke - Episode 269

Episode 269: BL and David discuss Coca-Cola bringing back New Coke for season three of Stranger Things and the new Stranger Things-themed Lego set; Vita Coco’s social media pissing match; Amazon’s plans for a voice-activated wearable for healthcare; Spotify’s new podcast production platform; podcasts finally showing up in Google search results; Burger King McDisses Ronald; Salvador Dali comes alive!; Facebook’s Actionable Insights; Apple Podcast’s questionable use of episode landing pages; Hershey’s desperate emoji bars;…and much, much more.

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Beyond Social Media - Facebook's Fake Privacy - Episode 268

Episode 268: BL and David discuss Facebook’s dubious commitment to user privacy; the increasing importance of sonic branding; Burger King’s mental burgers; Snapchat’s Holocaust survivor Stories; a clever Big Little Lies commercial; Creative Commons’ visual search emerges from Beta; LinkeIn testing a Services Offered section for profiles; Poynter’s indexing of fake news sites; YouTube Music arrives on Google Home and YouTube lands on Amazon Fire TV devices; a mockery of our smart phone addiction; how extremism spreads through alternative influence networks; Chase Bank’s poor-shaming;…and much, much more.

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Beyond Social Media - Culturejacking Game Of Thrones - Episode 266

Episode 266: BL and David discuss the Atlanta Falcons, OREOs, and Fender Guitars culturejacking the last season of Game of Thrones; a 5 year-old’s podcast; Search Metrics’ industry-specific search ranking factors; the IRL trolling of Twitter’s Jack Dorsey; the New York Times’ brilliant use of the Hero space for storytelling; Apple’s Earth Day video; LinkedIn’s new reactions; Marketoonist’s take on smart speakers; travelling podcast studios; Helvetica Now; All In The Family live; Twitter author labels; Notre Dame fire misinformation; Facebook grabbing contact list emails; Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sort of quitting social media…and much, much more.

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Beyond Social Media - Nike Blows It With Zion Williamson - Episode 260

Episode 260: BL and David discuss discuss Nike’s absolutely, really, really bad and horrible week with twin sneaker public relations disasters; mighty and tiny local journalist Hilde Kate Lysiak; Twitter considering tweet annotations; the Kennebec Valley Humane Society’s Jack & Diane dog wedding; 2019 video trends; the Anty McAntface naming contest; the Color Our Collections coloring books produced by museums and libraries; Burberry’s inexplicable noose sweatshirt; YouTube’s advertising exodus; Google’s Nest Guard hidden microphone; …and much, much more.

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Beyond Social Media - MillerCoors Battles Bud Light - Episode 259

Episode 259: BL and David discuss discuss MillerCoors’ #ToastToFarmers response to Bud Light’s Super Bowl ad; Augmented Reality LEGOs; recruiting in virtual reality; Amazon dumps New York; Amazon Moments; LinkedIn Live; U-Haul’s data storytelling earned media; National Geographic’s Valley Of The Boom docuseries about the rise of Silicon Valley; the Bumble dating app; Jimmy Fallon on Amazon Alexa; Nvidia’s nonpeople; the Bratz Doll Challenge;…and much, much more.

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Beyond Social Media - National Enquirer Blackmails Jeff Bezos - Episode 258

Episode 258: BL and David discuss discuss the explosive extortion and blackmail allegations Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has leveled against AMI and The National Enquirer; a follow-up story on the viral egg; Spotify’s purchase of Gimlet Media and Anchor; Samsung’s Tinder refrigerator; 230 new emoji; Wildlife Conservation Fund’s crooning critters; Google’s auto ad agency; a visual controversy on Twitter; Amazon Echo’s URL Problem; Delta Airline & Diet Coke’s creepy napkins; a tribute to the late Representative John Dingell; Howard Schultz prefers you call him a man of means;…and much, much more.

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Beyond Social Media - Pillsbury Smell-O-Vision - Episode 252

Episode 252: BL and David discuss General Mills’ scented cinema Pillsbury commercials; The Ohio Pork Council’s bacon vending machine; Google’s attempt to better navigate audio news; the Mozilla Foundation’s Privacy Not Included guide; Bose sunglasses with a soundtrack; McDonald’s hamburger takeover of reddit; new free online professional development courses from Google; Grittycon 2019; the Catholic News Agency’s Chanukah fail; Facebook’s brain drain; Quora’s data breach; …and much, much more.

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Beyond Social Media - Grinch Saves At Ebates - Episode 247

Episode 247: BL and David discuss the global Google employee walkout; Ben & Jerry’s Pecan Resist ice cream; new Facebook 3D photos; brevity rules on Twitter; the Grinch shops on Ebates; Bing offers LinkedIn targeting in search ads; standup comedy visualized; Disney bedtime soundtracks for kids via Google Home; the Devil’s Triad; dead digital celebrities; Facebook fake ad problems persist…and much, much more.

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