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- Blogger = journalist

Posted by Simon Collister

28 July As an addendum to PRWeek's news last week that John McCain is reaching out to right-wing UK bloggers, Staniforth and LabourHome blogger, Mark Hanson, reveals that the McCain camp is currently briefing US bloggers via conference call. Hanson writes that the briefings are 'hosted by Liz Mair, McCain's head of comms. They are done by conference call and carry a briefing from staffers followed by open questions from bloggers'. Inviting bloggers on to conference calls is fairly standard practice for smart blogger relations in the US, but continues to reiterate that bloggers are now seen as just as relevant a media stakeholder as journalists.

- Chinese networking

Posted by Will Sturgeon

25 July I had a fascinating chat with a client from Citrix this week who told me about conversations he has been having with Chinese colleagues and family about the role of social networking in the world's most populous country. Of course social networking is booming everywhere, but in China, I'm told, it has really taken off. And among the reasons why is the one-child policy, which aimed to curb over-population in many areas of the country. A lack of siblings therefore has apparently increased the reliance upon social networking to build 24/7 relationships of the kind people might have enjoyed with brothers or sisters.

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