Facebook secretly hired a PR firm to plant negative stories about Google, says Dan Lyons in a jaw dropping story at the Daily Beast.
I’ve been patient with Facebook over the years as they’ve had their privacy stumbles. They’re forging new ground, and it’s not an exaggeration to say they’re changing the world’s notions on what privacy is. Give them time. They’ll figure it out eventually.
But secretly paying a PR firm to pitch bloggers on stories going after Google, even offering to help write those stories and then get them published elsewhere, is not just offensive, dishonest and cowardly. It’s also really, really dumb. I have no idea how the Facebook PR team thought that they’d avoid being caught doing this.
Twitter is developing a new kind of profile page for business accounts, similar to Facebook Pages, according to London-based Sarah Shearman of BrandRepublic The report was based on conversations with multiple unnamed sources familiar with the plans.
I, for one, would love at least having more than 140 characters to introduce my brands in our bios. Tweeting for 2 brand accounts, and 1 personal account, I would often like some space to cross-link these together, but with 140 charcters, I can barely fit my name in.