Tuesday, April 29, 2008


Taking into consideration Siggy’s post about RSS feed’s usefulness and convenience for readers and organizations, as well as, Mattias’ and Yiota’s brilliant comments on that post, I would like to emphasize RSS biggest benefit for web audience and that is update notification.

From my personal experience, I have spent a lot of time constantly visiting a particular website to see if there is something new in it. For instance, when my favorite brand of clothes is going to put 70% sales only for one weekend??

Check out my search Diary :)
14/04, Monday: Enter my favorite’s brand Official website, Results: No Sales
21/04, Monday: Enter Official website for second time, Results: No Sales
28/04, another Monday: Enter Official website for third time, Results: No Sales :(
04/05, Sunday evening…after an exhausting weekend..: Enter Official website for second time this week, Results: Sales were running this weekend…%^$#%* I missed it!!!!!!!! :( :(:(

I will have to totally agree with what Bill Gates indicated in a speech at the Microsoft CEO Summit 2004 in Redmond, Washington: “if you just put information on a Web site, then people don't know to come visit that Web site, and it's very painful to keep visiting somebody's Web site and it never changes. It's very typical that a lot of the Web sites you go to that are personal in nature just eventually go completely stale and you waste time looking at it; And so, getting away from the drawbacks of e-mail -- that it's too imposing -- and yet the drawbacks of the Web site -- that you don't know if there's something new and interesting there; this RSS is about solving that”. (source: About.com)
He knows better…..right?

Tuesday, April 22, 2008


RSS is considered to be another effective PR tool that can provide organizations a useful way to communicate and deliver information internally and externally. The increasing number of subscribers to RSS feeds has made RSS a new communication channel that, by using it properly, can make the lives of PR practitioners easier!

EWeek is providing a successful story, on how Triple Point Technology is using RSS as a tool for maximizing internal communication across departments.
It worth take a look at it and see how RSS actually works!


“When web site usability guru Jakob Nielsen tested how well major corporate sites met the needs of reporters last year, he gave them a "D" grade. Journalists who tested sites for him located basic information such as the companies' financials, management team, commitment to social responsibility and a phone number for a PR contact only 60 percent of the time.” (Online Press Rooms Save the Media Time and Frustration, by Marcia Yudkin)

Journalists are using more and more online sources to collect information about an issue or an organization that is of interest for their news articles. For that reason, companies provide online press rooms in their official websites. In these online sections, press materials are provided 24/7 to satisfy the needs and demands of reporters and editors. Using these online press rooms as a source of information by journalists, companies, in one extent, can control the nature of media coverage they gain, by choosing the information and material that is supplied.

The press material is offered in companies’ sites as a subcategory under “About Us” section or others offer it as a different category with the name “Press Room” or “Online News Centre”. Another way to offer it is as a distinct site called “[company’s name] Online Press Room”. An example of the last is Nintendo's Online Press Room, defined as a “dedicated resource for US-based media professionals seeking information about Nintendo of America Inc.” Media people, registered to this site, are provided with news and information, as well as, a continuous media contact with Nintendo.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Successful PodCasting Stories

Hilary in her last post PODCASTING is wondering about the influence and effectiveness of podcasts in public relations programs and I have to admit that I also doubted about that. Searching the net for successful podcasting stories I found out that this simple technology has surprised the field about its popularity. The number of listeners downloading podcastings is just remarkable!
Some examples include BBC: “In early 2004, the BBC tried out podcasting with Radio 4’s In Our Time. It’s a heavy weight programme presented by the intellectual, Lord Melvyn Bragg. 30,000 people a week were downloading. The Guardian: “has been publishing a podcast by Ricky Gervais (Of The Office). It’s been receiving about 180,000 downloads a week, and is top of the iTunes podcast parade. The Daily Telegraph: “has appointed a former BBC Radio Presenter to edit theTelegraph’s podcast , which currently is an audio rendition of various stories in the newspaper”.
(source: Blog Relations)
It’s amazing how well some programs have taken to all this!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Wikis as Battlegrounds: Who wins?

Taking into consideration Giota’s post in 09/04/08, titled “wikis used in internal communication” I made a search about the credibility of wikis as an information resource and how Public Relations try to twist them.
For millions of users, wikis are trusted resources when they are looking for information about a topic. Indeed, its article covers so many topics that anyone could imagine and this was wikis’ first purpose when they were introduced; to work as information search machines/resources.
But despite its first purpose and the efforts of the authors to keep it neutral and credible, wikis have ended up as a battleground between truth and lie and its articles are becoming targets of everyone who is affected by or can affect a controversial topic. This is where Public Relations get involved and manage their clients' wiki reputation in whatever topic their corporation’s name is mentioned. So, companies change their own wikis entry and edit whatever violates or attempts to spoil their reputation or image and others contribute to wikis to promote their own interests.
This kind of use tends to violate the wikis’ basic purpose and making it another promotional tool, in the hands of those that know how to take advantage of it.

Here are some tips taken from Consumer Reports WebWatch to help consumers take the most out of Wikis:
1. Take note of any warnings or cautions posted at the top of article by Wikipedia's administrators. They often flag articles that violate Wikipedia authorship guidelines.
2. Review the article's sources. Do they include citations from the mainstream media or peer-reviewed journals?
3. Use the "history" tab on each Wikipedia page to review edits made to its content. Click on the "discussion" tab to review users' debates on matters of accuracy.
4. If you're in doubt, step back and use a search engine. Review at least one page, preferably more, of search results to increase the likelihood of finding relevant information. Consider "sponsored links" that may appear within, above or to the side of "organic" search results (or all three) more carefully, since they are advertisements. A third party paid the search engine to place those links.
5. For another way to look under the hood of a Wikipedia entry, try using the Wikiscanner, to see who has been editing the encyclopedia. And scan the list of "salacious edits" Wired's readers have found using the Wikiscanner, revealing suspect contributions from employees at organizations ranging from Amnesty International to Scientology, the United Nations and Wal-Mart
taken from :
[ accessed 09/04/08 ]