Tag Archive: Philip Sheldrake

Jun 19 2012

Wikipedia: take an interest, but be disinterested

What do the following have in common? Crewe Alexandra midfielder Nick Powell Sir John Liddell, director-general of the Medical Department of the Royal Navy (1855-1864) building services engineer Max Fordham On the face of it: nothing. However, they are all the subjects of Wikipedia articles which I have recently edited. I have no personal connection with any …

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May 13 2012

Straddling the Wikipedia-PR divide

The recent debate about the difficult relationship between public relations professionals and Wikipedia (see Wikipedia, PR and CSR) has taken a step forward this weekend. My fellow CIPR members and social media enthusiasts Phil Sheldrake and Neville Hobson met yesterday with Wikipedians at Wikimedia UK‘s 2012 annual conference in London. This is not the first …

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Jan 10 2012

Wikipedia, PR and CSR

The thorny issue of whether public relations professionals should edit Wikipedia is being keenly debated again, making me think hard about my position – both as a PR professional and as a long-standing Wikipedian. December’s revelations that London-based Bell Pottinger staff had been “massaging” the content of Wikipedia articles about the consultancy’s clients (BBC news), …

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Apr 05 2011

Fuelling the CIPR conversation

I already overuse the word “conversation”. I frequently use it in my preferred short definition of Web 2.0 or social media: “People having conversations online.” Indeed, I repeated this in a presentation I gave to the Kent IoD marketing group yesterday, and I frequently talk about exchanges on Twitter and blogs as “conversations”. Now it …

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Nov 09 2010

MyTaptu – news at your fingertips on your smartphone

I don’t normally do technology reviews on this website (though I do on my ExtranetEvolution blog,  if you’re into construction collaboration technology), but as I have recently discovered something that allows easy sharing of the latest news (always useful for PR and media people), I thought I would make an exception. Since getting a smartphone, I …

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Jun 14 2010

QR codes

At the end of a busy day in and around London last Thursday, I dashed off to the Russell Square, London headquarters of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations for the latest in a series of CIPR Social Summer camps. About two dozen people met to talk about public relations and mobile devices, stimulated by …

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