Cracks Down on Dissident Journalists
Reports have come in that the authorities at Washington Post have launched a severe crackdown on journalists’ use of social media after news broke that one of its editors, Raju Narisetti, used the popular microblogging website, Twitter, to send personal opinionated comments to the public. The crackdown includes never before seen levels of censorship by shutting down Narisetti’s independent Twitter profile and new edicts outlawing similar uses by all WaPo writers. These actions have been severely criticized by other member websites such as TechCrunch with limited discussion on the subject coming from within. Narisetti’s conditions and whereabouts within the WaPo HQ are as yet unknown.
Websites Under Attack by Sidewiki
Correspondent Steve Woodruff reports that brand websites are facing a critical threat to its image by the emergence of Google’s new tool called Sidewiki. The wiki allows rogue agents to leave unflattering comments in direct contradiction to the careful messaging on the branded websites for all others to see. Woodruff highlights the effects it is having on pharmaceutical blogs and websites.
Google Wave or a Google Tsunami?
Reports indicate that there are high levels of chatter surrounding Google Wave to be unleashed today. Some are predicting it to be a Google Tsunami in its “potential to redefine the web and how we interact digitally.” Experts are still waiting to see what effect it will have for brands and social media strategy.