Eric Rabe

By Eric Rabe, Fels Senior Advisor If we weren’t convinced about mobile, Facebook should convince us now.  The company’s performance during the third quarter is the latest evidence that the online world is moving from the desktop to the pocket or pocketbook.  Not long ago, users routinely went to to Facebook on their computers, their desktops.  At the beginning of 2012, FB did not...
By Eric Rabe Caroline is 9 and Abby is 7.  They are busy in fourth and second grades, and they know the words to just about every Taylor Swift song.  So the other day when they visited, we sat down in front of the 62” TV in the family room.  But no one wanted to watch TV.  They’re into Chromecast. Armed with a Nexus tablet, we choose a YouTube video to play on the big screen....
Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images  By Eric Rabe, Fels Senior Advisor So it ends for now. The government shutdown is over.   It turned out as many Americans expected. Default on federal debt did not materialize. The health care law remains unchanged. Politics as usual in Washington. Over more than two weeks of the shutdown, the message from Democrats and the President that...
By Eric Rabe, Fels Senior Advisor Modern political parties poll frequently and keep a close watch online. Yet as the budget stalemate continues in Washington, Republicans have yet to find effective messaging to off-set the Democratic characterization of the party as irresponsible and intransigent political hardliners. Two weeks ago when the government shutdown began, the GOP positioned itself as...
Eric Rabe, Fels Senior Advisor In two news conferences yesterday, President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner stuck to their opinion poll-backed messaging on the government shutdown. Each side is engaged in frequent, even daily, polling on who the public blames for the shutdown. It’s the most common way to determine the success of the positioning and messages each side is using. As the...
By Eric Rabe, Fels Senior Advisor Those old enough to remember the hostage crisis in Iran (or those who have seen Argo) remember the relentless coverage on the ABC television program, Nightline. Ted Koppel: Iran Crisis American Held Hostage Day 26 The program began four days after the hostages were taken and became a nightly update.  By the time the crisis ended 444 days later, the...
By Eric Rabe, Fels Senior Advisor Back in April, I posted that the Boston’s police department was breaking new ground in the use of Twitter during the Boston Marathon bombings. Recently, the police have been talking about how and why they chose Twitter, and, in this follow-up to my earlier post, here are a couple of links to describing the thinking inside the department as those sad days unfolded...
By Eric Rabe, Fels Senior Advisor For instant official and unofficial information on the horrific events in Boston on Monday (4-15-2013) the place to turn was Twitter. Twitter-ers were sending news of the blasts at the finish line of the Boston Marathon at least ten minutes before the national TV networks were on the story.   As I noted yesterday, the Boston Police Department immediately...
By Eric Rabe, Fels Senior Advisor Within minutes of reports of an explosion at the finish of today’s Boston Marathon, the Boston police had turned to social media. Rightly assuming that many of those in the area of the explosions might only have access to mobile phones, Boston police immediately began posting on Twitter.  The first Twitter posts instructed people to leave the area of the...
By Eric Rabe, Fels Senior Advisor Inviting the President to give the State of the Union address to Congress and the nation, House Speaker John Boehner wrote, “Our country continues to face immense challenges, and the American people expect us to work together in the new year to find meaningful solutions. This will require a willingness to seek common ground as well as presidential leadership.”...
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