The Hobson and Holtz Report – Podcast #95: December 19, 2005

Content summary: Latest survey on corporate blogging; the declining trust in corporations; Google buys AOL stake; Pheedo study on ads in RSS; Gmail on cell phones; accepts user content; Steve Rubel quits Across the Sound; Lee Hopkins’ report; listeners’ comments discussion (why blogs and wikis are so good; a Christmas list for communicators); does blogging equal transparency?; the TypePad communication crisis for Six Apart; upcoming interview; the music.

Show notes for December 19, 2005

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Welcome to For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, a 95-minute conversation recorded live from Concord, California, USA, and Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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In this Edition:


  • 00:28 Shel introduces the show; what the show’s about; how to contribute your comments; upcoming interview on Wednesday December 21 with Andy Abramson on Nokia’s blog relations campaign; update on the FIR Frappr community

News Briefs:

From Our Correspondent Down Under:

  • 28:58 Lee Hopkins reports – a proud father with a hoarse voice; a wrong font and bad syntax; aligning all the pieces of the puzzle for ‘nuanced communication’

Listeners’ Comments Discussion:

  • 38:28 David Phillips with the reasons why blogs and wikis are so good and such a threat to the control freaks
  • 42:29 David again, with an audio Christmas list for communication professionals



  • 90:45 Neville wraps the show; how and where to send your comments; reminder of interview on Wednesday December 21 with Any Abramson; where to find the show notes
  • 91:54 Outro podsafe music via the Podsafe Music Network – Did You Think by Adrina Thorpe

FIR Show Notes links
Links for the blogs, individuals, companies and organizations we discussed or mentioned in the show are posted to the FIR Show Links pages at The New PR Wiki. You can contribute – see the home page for info.

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So, until Thursday December 22…

(Cross-posted from For Immediate Release, Shel’s and my podcast blog.)

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