Why is Wikipedia Down Today?

Wikipedia, Reddit, Boing Boing and other websites went ‘dark’ at midnight EST on Wednesday, January 18. The outage will last for 24 hours. The effort protests two bills currently before Congress: the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA), which aim to combat online intellectual property theft. While the sites condemn internet piracy, they feel that the bills, if passed, would unduly punish content providers and chill the flow of legitimate information worldwide. Opponents hope to encourage discussion and revision of the bills.

For more information about SOPA and PIPA, click here.

4 Walls Spotlight: Meet Jackie K.

Check out this month’s Employee Spotlight featuring Jackie K., Director of Operations.

4 Walls Makes the Philadelphia 100

For the fifth time in six years, 4Mindshare's parent company, 4 Walls, is proud to be part of the Philadelphia 100, a listing of the area's fastest-growing private companies. Click here to read the full story.

4 Walls Spotlight: Meet Kelly I.

Check out this month's Employee Spotlight featuring Kelly I., Co-Editor & Content Manager.

4 Walls Spotlight: Meet Gretchen Ast

Check out this month's employee spotlight featuring Gretchen Ast, one of our Social Media Client Services Associates.

4 Walls CEO Ellen Thompson Featured in Bloomberg Businessweek

We are pleased to announce that Ellen Thompson, CEO of 4 Walls, 4Mindshare's parent company, was recently featured in a Bloomberg Businessweek article about business mentors.

Visit the 4 Walls Blog for the full announcement.

Happy Labor Day!

Wishing you a very happy Labor Day and a relaxing weekend!

4Walls Named Philadelphia 100 Winner!

4Walls is happy to announce that we're part of this year's Philadelphia 100. An annual project conducted by the Entrepreneurs Forum of Greater Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Business Journal, and the Wharton Small Business Development Center, the Philadelphia 100 tracks the 100 fastest growing privately-held businesses in the Delaware Valley. The integrity of the selection process and the resulting list makes the Philadelphia 100 one of the most prestigious business awards in the region. Since our founding in 2002, 4Walls has received this distinction five times.

Over the past 23 years, the Philadelphia 100 has recognized some of the area's finest companies at critical points in their development, such as Urban Outfitters, Mother's Work, Forman Mills and Kremer Laser Eye Center. 4Walls is proud to be in the company of pioneers like them, and we look forward to many years of sustained growth.

4Walls Spotlight: Meet Justin S.

Justin S.

Co-Editor & Content Manager, Head Writer

How long have you been with 4Walls?
9 months

What’s a typical day like for you?
I spend a lot of time meeting with corporate clients, learning about their businesses, their customers, and where they see themselves in the future. This helps me create a strong campaign and ‘speak’ with their voice.

If I’m not doing that, I’m researching. We have clients across many industries, so I need to learn quickly.

Otherwise I’m editing copy from our staff or brainstorming new topics and initiatives with my colleagues. All my work comes back to one thing: producing clear, compelling, accurate copy for clients and apartment residents.

Oh, and I write a lot.

What’s the best thing about your job?
I enjoy learning about new industries and unfamiliar parts of the country. We provide information that’s useful to people in their everyday lives, and when appropriate I hope we do it with flair and sense of humor.

My colleagues are smart, generous and talented people who make the days fly by.

What do you do in your spare time?
I read a lot. I also travel and go to the theatre/watch films whenever possible. Go Phillies!

Irene is on Her Way!

Forecasters project that Hurricane Irene will strike the North Carolina coast Saturday morning, then move northeast along the east coast. On Saturday and Sunday, states in the mid-Atlantic and New England will suffer torrential rain and hurricane force winds from the Category 2 storm. According to weather.com, Hurricane Irene has the potential to produce flooding rains, high winds, downed trees, and widespread power outages in and around cities like Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, and Boston.

If you don't already have one, now's a good time to create a disaster preparedness plan for you and your family. You can read the National Hurricane Center's hurricane preparedness tips at www.nhc.noaa.gov/HAW2/english/disaster_prevention.shtml. The page offers tips on developing a family disaster plan, creating a disaster supply kit, and evacuation.

Click here for weather.com's projected tracks for Hurricane Irene.

Check weather.com, accuweather.com, or wunderground.com for up to date information about Hurricane Irene.

And most importantly, be safe!

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