The female half of AllThingsD, Kara Swisher of the Wall Street Journal was recently honored PRSA’s Silicon Valley Chapter.  While she was there, she shot a video featuring Brandee Barker, head of Facebook PR, who Kara reports, had a “harrowing day handling Lesley Stahl of “60 Minutes,” which is doing a piece on the social-networking site with an apparent focus on–also, of course–privacy); the impact of the possibly looming recession on tech; Apple’s iPhone (of course, of course); Google (triple of course); the resurgence of the enterprise space; and the fate of Yahoo.”

Brandee basically gave a gracious “no comment,” and we can’t say we blame her.   Kara goes on to say to Robert Scoble, “being honored by public relations officials is kinda like code word to annoy us all night with pitches, right?”  You are soooo on to us, Kara!


The former Microsoft evangelist turned video-blogger and overall internet pundit Robert Scoble is privy to our tricks. He dissects them in an article yesterday from WebProNews:

First they’ll call Mike Arrington of TechCrunch. Make sure he’s briefed first (Mike doesn’t like to talk about news that someone else broke first, so they’ll make sure he is always in the first group to get to share something with you all). Then they’ll brief “second-tier” bloggers like me, Om, Dan Farber, Read/Write Web, and a variety of others. Embargo us all so we can’t publish before Mike does. Then they’ll have a party the night of the launch where they’ll get everyone else to come — if they get even a few bloggers to talk about the new thing then it’ll hit TechMeme by midnight.

This description actually seems pretty dead on for a lot of the “2.0” companies sprouting up by the minute. Of course it all changes if you’re repping a company that doesn’t fit into Mike Arrington’s well defined area of coverage. But, it does bring up the question – have you ever given a blogger an exclusive? Or, do you still hit up the “traditional” folk first and then circulate that link around to the blogs in hopes they’ll write about it or at least include it in a link “roundup.” Success stories, failures? Talk to us people!