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Vox Populi: Lessons And Points To Remember

The voice of the people is something that will become increasingly heard more and more.  The responses to the Trafigura/Carter-Ruck attempted gagging of reporting Parliament and now the huge backlash in response to a bile filled, vitriolic article by Jan Moir about the untimely death of Stephen Gately have amply demonstrated this.

The first was a complete miscalculation by a company whose dumping deeds in Africa were about to be exposed and who thought they could use the law to gag something that had already been declared ungaggable.  People at Trafigura may well have been thinking “Oh hell, this could be very embarrassing, we need to protect ourselves and quick. Let’s get some “reputation management” done” when they picked up the phone.

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Online Privacy, Blogging & Twitter

It is for employers to determine whether their employees should be able to write about their jobs, not the public. It doesn’t take too much effort to put a sensible policy in place. Such a policy should include the requirement not to publicly identify individuals and not to bring the employer into disrepute if that employer has been identified in the blog. Simple and sensible standards.

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Tastelessness In Advertising

So where did the training and awareness process fail at Habitat? The “overenthusiatic intern” lacks Clue and perhaps a level of ethics but Habitat itself should accept that it has failed in a very public and humiliating way. Habitat needs to publicly acknowledge that there are lessons to be learned here. After all, it isn’t rocket science.

But this isn’t the first time someone has thought of using terrible events as a promotional tool. I doubt it will be the last. Step forward Phorm CEO Kent Ertugrul in an interview with the Washington Post.

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Twitter Cans UK SMS

Twitter has suddenly canned its “UK” based SMS number thus cutting off its UK and many international users from receiving updates. This story is now getting wider coverage as the day goes on.  TechCrunch has a good report on it.  Hardly surprising that a lot of UK and Australian Twitter users in particular are not impressed.

This isn’t the first time Twitter has hit issues with its “UK” based SMS number (more of that anon) and it has had plenty of performance hits and downtime issues. Diesel Sweeties recently produced a comic strip reflecting this (slightly NSFW).

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