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Happy Birthday Social Media Cafe!

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Manchester’s Social Media Cafe marks its second anniversary tonight – a milestone occasion as I wrote elsewhere yesterday.

For that PDA blogpost I talked to the three people most active in organising tonight’s event at BBC Club – here’s their complete answers to the questions put below.

Unfortunately work commitments will keep me from celebrating at the event tonight however, if anyone wants to submit a guest post from the proceedings, please do get in touch, email is SarahMancunianWay At Googlemail.com.

Have a great night all!

1. When and why did you get involved in the social media cafe?
Josh: I got involved with the Social Media Cafe at the first meeting which I heard about via Twitter. It was held during the first week that I’d moved to Manchester to start a new job in the digital sector and it seemed like a good place to get to meet the city’s digital community. The atmosphere was very friendly and I felt like I’d managed to make a number of positive connections.
Following that, I kept coming back and ran a session quite early on, sharing some knowledge I’d learned about using video and social media. I guess my persistence paid off, as I eventually become more involved with running the event, initially by maintaining the online community side of things at socialmediamanchester.net.

Julian: Originally got the idea for the Social Media Cafe after following a blog by @sizemore who is a screen writer. It was there that I hooked up with Martin. You can see the comments here it didn’t take long http://www.sizemore.co.uk/2008/10/06/one-door-closes/#comments
I felt that it was needed because it seemed that there was a lot of cool stuff being done in Manchester but there was no regular event for people to get together and discuss social media and technology at the time. It was then that I met you by coincidence.

Martin: It all started back in autumn 2008 at a time when Twitter was starting to gain a wider audience and new technologies like live video streaming were being experimented with by geeks, bloggers and reporters. I read a blog post by Mike Atherton, AKA Sizemore, about the Tuttle Club in London. This weekly Friday meetup of people involved in social media sounded great and I left a comment saying
that it was exactly the kind of thing I’d want to go to if it happened in Manchester. Julian Tait, who I’d never met, left a similar comment and Mike replied saying that if we wanted it we should build it.
A couple of meetings later, we’d assembled a group of like-minded people to help set up a Manchester Social Media Cafe. Typically for Manchester, we did it our own way. Rather than a Friday morning coffee
event, we chose to hold it in the evening do so that we could attract people whose day jobs wouldn’t allow them time off to hang out with a load of geeks. It’s not so true now but at the time the number of
people making a living from social media in Manchester was minuscule.
When 80 people turned up on the first night we knew we were onto something. It quickly became a focal point for like-minded people across the northwest whether they had a professional or personal interest in social media.

2. Why do you think it has lasted?
Josh: Despite a rapidly developing digital scene, I think the Social Media Cafe has endured because it’s a dynamic and changing event that keeps up with what the community wants it to do. Though there are a few of us who play a co-ordination role, it’s really up to the community as to what they want to hear about each month; every event, we ‘crowdsource’ the agenda which means we’ll always have something of interest to most people, and something that’s usually quite topical. For example, in the run-up to the last election, we had a talk from Openly Local, a project seeking to open up local election data. That spawned a piece of work by Trafford Council to apply those principles across all their data sets, which is something I’m really pleased to be able to point to as a tangible benefit from getting involved in the Social Media Cafe. This month, we have the team behind the Greater Manchester Police’s Twitter experiment, which created headlines all over the world.

Julian: There is a really nice supportive community that has developed around the Social Media Cafe and I think one reason why this has happened is that I think no-one has tried to take ownership of it. It can be what people want to make of it. I think the format of the event has been such that it reflects the diversity of its audience. This has come about through an evolution of its format from panel discussion through to unConference.

3.What’s your highlight from the past two years?
Josh: It’s tough to pick out a highlight, but something that’s stuck in my mind is the crowdsourced video that was made by Social Meida Cafe participants about their memories of Ceefax. A slightly obscure topic perhaps, but there were some great reminders how Teletext changed people’s lives, and the interactive element that was the message boards: one of the early examples of social media.

Julian: Over the last two years the highlights, for me have been some of the more left field presentations. From talks about Emoticons through Mertz Web and Literature. It also has been crucial to starting a number of initiatives such as the regularly attended Social Media Surgeries, Manchester Aggregator as well as being key in helping Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council releasing election data after Chris Taggart spoke at SMC.

Martin: I don’t really have one highlight but what I’m most proud of is how it’s helped all sorts of projects bloom across Manchester, from social media surgeries for businesses to transmedia storytelling projects.
Many more digital community events have sprung up since like we started and it’s great to have been there, helping Manchester’s digital scene develop in our own small way.

4. Has it had any impact on other parts of your life – new job perhaps?
Josh: Getting involved in the Social Media Cafe has been a great way to network with the local digital community, which has given me access to the skills and knowledge of some incredibly talented people. It’s been really useful to know who to call to solve a problem, who might be available for work or who might want to tender for a project that I’m working on. I also feel that the community is a really collaborative one that looks out for each other – and in a climate where jobs are hard to come by, and more people might lose their jobs, I feel that my future prospects are stronger by having been involved. By taking on the online community management aspect of the event, I also feel that I’ve developed new skills that I can market to future employers.

Julian: It has impacted in numerous ways. For a start Littlestar, my company was supporting the Social Media Cafe with equipment and time at the beginning and through it I came to work for FutureEverything. I have also met many people who I now regard as good friends through the Cafe it is after all a very sociable place

Martin: Social Media Cafe really signalled the start of a new chapter in my
life. The network of people I’ve met through it helped me move from a
job that had run its course for me to one directly involved in social
media and digital content. I’m not the only one though, seeing people
go away from talks feeling inspired and trying new things is really
rewarding.

5. What does the future hold for Manchester’s social media cafe – hopes or fears?
Josh: I think the Social Media Cafe has been an incredible catalyst, bringing together Manchester’s digital and creative community in a unique way. Our attendee list is so diverse every month – comms, PR, journalists, developers, designers, techies – and beyond – teachers, lecturers… I could go on. This has meant we’ve spawned some incredible collaboration and spinoff events, like the Social Media Surgeries, Connecting 2.0 Communities; and been involved in bringing people together to start projects like Inside the M60, the MadLab and the Manchester Aggregator.

However, this has meant that we’re competing for space in a slightly more crowded digital sphere! I feel though, that this has presented an opportunity and, over the last 12 months, I’ve been working with Julian and Martin to develop the online network. Social Media Manchester is centred around the Social Media Cafe, but is a place for everyone and anyone interested in social media to get together, collaborate and start new things. It takes the discussions and the collaboration that happen at the event and lets it happen online. We’re coming up to almost a 1,000 members, and I think this just demonstrates what a strong and enduring digital community that we have in Manchester.

Julian: I would hope that more people get involved with the running of the Cafe which I think will happen, the more people involved with the running the more representative and relevant it will be. It does take work to manage it, especially with finding venues and sourcing guest speakers.

Martin: Although social media is far more mainstream than it was two years ago and the novelty factor has gone, the event still draws big numbers each month and I can’t see it dying any time soon. It’s a good starting point for anyone wanting to get involved in the local scene. We might have to tweak the format but from time to time but it’s such a huge area, with lots to debate and explore that there’s sure to be a role for it for a long time to come. The only thing we’d like is more people to volunteer to help run the event. Julian, Josh and I are all
really busy, meaning that some months end up being organised a little more hurriedly than we’d like.

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November 2nd, 2010 at 5:51 pm

Social Media Cafe, September Monthly Meet

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A busy return to business proper as Peter Barton reports from last night’s Social Media Cafe.

Deansgate Locks on a sunny, late summer’s evening. It is a Tuesday and Wayne Rooney is out of town. It could be a slow night.

Fear not, Manchester publicans, there is business to be had: there are 40 or so people gathered in Revolution’s downstairs function room for the first, post-summer Social Media Manchester meet-up. And this month’s sponsors, PushOn, have put some money behind the bar.

The choice of two from four sessions this evening: social media and business; social media and dreams; creating social media trade associations; the possible impact of mobile video calls. I made the first and last, so feedback on the other two is welcome.

Social Media and Business: presented by Bryan Adams (no, not that one – though his business card bills him as ‘internet marketing genius’, so he has the rock star ego), from PH Creative in Liverpool. Questions from the floor: how to make revenue off content, how to manage the SM function, how to calculate ROI, and what next?

Adams’ thoughts: Social media is about building a database and improving its relevance; social media blurs the lines between the corporate brand and the individuals who work from the brand (it is your brand relaxed); make it easy to share content; check sales against real-time traffic (don’t be content with just measuring traffic spikes), social media can build trust, trust helps sell your (new) product. Snappy one-liner: You don’t buy a Hoover because Hoover tells you to.

Pleasingly, there was much involvement from the floor, particularly with practical advice on how SM could help a (SM-averse) homebuilder drive sales.

After a 10-minute break, and a few bullish words from tonight’s sponsor (is it me, or does PushOn’s Simon Wharton have a touch of the Tony Wilson about him? The hand gestures, the bombast?), it was upstairs for mobile video calls with Julian FutureEverything and Dave MadLab.

The gist of J&D’s pitch is that mobile video will change the visual aesthetic of out lives in the same way as disposable cameras. It is a sleeper technology, one that is on the cusp of being fully exploited.

Unfortunately, the mention of Apple in the introduction (and brandishing iPhone 4s at the audience) proved divisive. Much shouting and carrying on from the floor (sample quote: ‘I don’t want people to see me working in my dressing gown!’), and the feeling of an opportunity missed. Enjoyable stuff, all the same.

Finally, the night’s other announcements: smc_mcr will be celebrating its second birthday shortly, Josh promises more news soon and puts a shout out for sponsors; Louise Bolotin flags up the Hacks & Hackers Hack event on October 15 (tickets are free, but limited); Ian Forrester asks for help/shows of interest in a future BarCamp in East Manchester. Follow up any of the above through the Ning.

Peter Barton also writes a personal blog which you can see here.
If you’re into Manchester’s digital community and would also like to contribute an article, please feel free to contact me sarahMancunianWay AT Googlemail.com.

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September 8th, 2010 at 1:30 pm

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Future Everything and a whole lot more this week

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This week is surely the busiest so far in the 2010 digital media calender for Manchester.

While the central focus will undoubtedly be this year’s Future Everything festival, there’s also some great events in the run up too.

Here’s a quick run down of what’s booked into my diary – feel free to share any other events from your diaries via the comments below;

Tuesday: Manchester Social Media Surgery. 5:30pm-7.30pm.
The theme is: ‘What businesses can learn from how social media was used during the 2010 UK elections’.I shall be scrubbing up to be on the panel of surgeons alongside;
Adrian Slatcher
, Senior Digital Development officer, MDDA – Chair
Katie Moffat
, Social media consultant, organiser of Manchester Twestival and Manchester Digital council member
Nigel Barlow
, freelance journalist, co-founder of hyper-local news site for Manchester, Inside the M60
Matt Hackett
, Manager, Digital & Marketing Recruitment Team at Orchard
It’s all free and taking place at the offices of the Manchester Digital Development Agency (MDDA) Lower Ground Floor, 117-119 Portland Street, Manchester M1 6ED.

Wednesday: Digital Editors’ Network. 12:45 PM – 5:00 PM.

The bi-monthly get together of digital editors from newspaper groups around the country is moving from out of its usual setting at Uclan in Preston and heading to the offices of Northwest Vision & Media at Media City in Salford Quays for a special event to consider open data.
Speakers include:Julian Tait (from #smc_mcr and FE), who’s working to make Manchester the UK’s first OpenData City, , Paul Bradshaw, author of the Online Journalism Blog and convenor of the HelpMeInvestigate project and my colleague Martin Belham from The Guardian. Again, it’s free but places need reserving. Follow the link above.

Thursday: Future Everything and Social Media Cafe
The conference element of Future Everything get underway in earnest. The major theme of the day will be around data. I’m delighted to be chairing a panel discussion between 12pm and 13:30pm at the Contact Theatre to look at the rewards and challenges a more transparent future might bring. The expert panellists are OpenlyLocal’s Chris Taggert, IP lawyer Jordan Hatcher, GP and patient records holder Amir Hannan plus recent Gorton PPC Tim Dobson.
The rest of the day’s conference events are detailed on the ‘timetable’ found on the right-hand side of this page.

Social Media Cafe
Due to the FE event, our monthly get together is going global for May with live hook ups to Brazil and Canada. It’s an expanded #smc_mcr which is teamed up with Northern Digitals for a one-off special event – the Global Digital Cafe.Through high-speed synchronous data links, we’ll have the chance to expand our reach out of Manchester.
On the Ning’s blog, Josh says;

“Sit on a sofa alongside a counterpart from Sao Paulo, Brazil using the GloNet Front Room. Or try out the Talking Boxes for a beer and a chat with someone from Vancouver, Canada. Members of Manchester’s digital community will be in both locations, hosting the local interaction for FutureEverything so keep your eyes peeled for faces you recognise.”

Friday: City Debate and Gala
The City Debate: A special event exploring the future of Manchester. 3-5.30pm at Manchester Business School.
This promises to be a fascinating debate coming as it does in the aftermath and chaos of the election. Described as “an ideas event for evangelists, cynics, digital artisans, policy makers, property magnates, media vultures, urban planners, you, and me.”
It puts up key figures working today to build Manchester’s future who will be asked to give their vision. Each will reply to the FutureEverything Proposition, a statement about the future of the city region commissioned from leading international thinkers. A studio audience will then debate the future of Manchester.

Future Everything Gala FutureEverything Award Gala: Friday 14 May, 6-8pm at Manchester Town Hall
Sees the awarding of the debut award of £10,000 cash prize, and the FutureEverything trophy recognising outstanding innovation in art, society and technology.

In fact the week has turned out to be such a worlds collide mix of social media, journalism and digital networking that I’m taking some time off from the day job to make sure I don’t miss anything!

Which means, I’ll be blogging regularly here, and at other locations, as well as keeping everything signposted on twitter @foodiesarah.

I look forward to catching up with plenty of you over the week, on and offline.

Useful hashtags #mansms, #futr, #dendatameet, #smc_mcr

Social Media for Local People

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There was a good crowd at the April Social Media Cafe, particularly so, given that it was the day after the Bank Holiday, and, from speaking to a few people, quite a number of new faces. Taking place at the BBC again, the night was themed around the idea of “Hyperlocal” media – in other words, looking at different web-based projects that are focused on the area in which people live. In an age when not only the city-wide newspaper, but the district or very local paper is close to extinction, more and more people are looking at the web as way to deliver the kind of area-focused service that many of us still have an interest in.

Nigel Barlow, discussing the newly launched “Inside the M60″ project, and Richard Jones, talking about “Saddleworth News”, were in the first session. Over the corridor, I attended a vibrant discussion on “why aren’t there any decent UK-based podcasts” where we talked about why there seem so few podcasts (both tech-based and other niches) from UK sources, other than those attached to existing media.

After the break our guest speaker, appropriately in the week that the General Election was called, was talking about opening up local government data to more scrutiny. I was particularly interested in this, not just because I work in local government, but because back in 2002-3 I was probably the country’s only academic Researcher in e-Government, at Salford University. Back when e-Government was first mooted, it was quickly realised that a large amount of people’s interaction with the state were at a local rather than Whitehall level.

OpenlyLocal has been developed over the last year or so, primarily by Chris Taggart (@countculture) He was surprised when he began on the project that there was not even something as straightforward as a simple list of councils. His aim is to tackle the problem that was clearly there even in 2002 – creating some coherent model for local government information, even the basic stuff, in order that it can then be interrogated. Asked from the audience whether there were any good applications of this data yet, he admitted there weren’t. Taggart has set himself the daunting but admirable task of collating data – both electronically through scraping council websites, and manually where necessary – so that it may be used in the future. I had a real sense of deja vu, as surely this was what the centrally co-ordinated e-Government agenda was aiming for?
Interestingly, Taggart made the point that although his aims had been accountability and transparency, he’d now added efficiency to the list, as used correctly, by government departments, service providers or others this growing data set could lead to better and more efficient services.

It’s the first time for a while that the Social Media Cafe has had a guest speaker, and it provided a nice contrast to the more freeform discussions. As ever, many thanks to the organisers, for an engaging evening, ably hosted by first time compere, Josh, (aka @technicalfault).

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April 10th, 2010 at 8:34 am

Online news service to launch in Manchester

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The city is shortly to have a new news provider, it was revealed at last night’s Social Media Cafe.

Inside the M60 will be soon be covering local news from across the city by linking up on the ground community reporters and bloggers in the latest hyperlocal project to move into the space left by traditional media’s retreating presence.

The journalists behind it, Nigel Barlow and Louise Bolotin, are well-known in the city’s social media scene and presented their plans at the meeting last night.

Nigel pointed to the low turn out for the last election in Manchester as a illustration of how a proportion of the city had become disenfranchised. Louise added that the move to the Deansgate HQ of the MEN Media weekly titles had led to a reduced local news service.

This morning they’ve posted a full manifesto for the site here which includes the statement:

“In Manchester, the poorest communities live almost within shouting distance of the bright lights and investment of the city centre and yet have little or nothing in common with it. At the same time, technology has become alien to them and they are in danger of being on the wrong side of an increasing digital divide.”

The pair have already signed up some people to blog about the news in their communities and would now like to hear from people in the areas below who are interested in getting involved:

Crumpsall,Harpurhay,Cheetham Hill,Lighbourne,Moston,Newton, Longsight,Central and Hulme, Heath,Failsworth, Ancoats, Beswick, Bradford, Ardwick, Gorton, Levenshulme.

The timing of this project is interesting too- it will be live in time for the expected May election – and volunteers are needed to help cover across the city’s constituencies.

The blog is being created on a WordPress platform and a business model based around local advertising and other revenue sources has been drawn up.

Until the live launch, news of the project and coverage of the city council, is being tweeted @InsidetheM60.

To join in or find out more contact nigelbarlow22ATgmail.com or louisebolotinATgmail.com.

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March 3rd, 2010 at 1:23 pm

Data, charity, eggs and geekery: Social Media Cafe returns

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The first proper Social Media Cafe of 2010 was back to form and the usual mix of good natured meet-up, debate, preview – and this time with the addition of egg!

Back at the BBC Club it was a good turnout with a wealth of interesting sessions. The biggest debate of the evening – which subsequently spilled out to the pub and tweets, and is sure to continue into the blog posts – was prompted by Julian Tait’s presentation about work to make Manchester an Open Data city.

Social media co-founder Julian gave us all a trot through some of the initiatives happening in this area including the Govenment’s OpenData initiative, mashups of data such as Mapumental and Urban Eco Map.

In his FutureEverything capacity, Julian makes the case for Manchester to be at the fore of the campaign for opening up data in everything from the town hall to the transport system.

Forward-thinking certainly, but could it be a step too far for some? Reasonable concerns about individual privacy aside, questions about the ability for individuals or groups to make meaningful conclusions about the data, or whether it could be used in a way that’s harmful to the local population, soon appear on the horizon when this topic is discussed.

House prices, health services, tax issues – all areas of life where interpretation of data by bodies looking to charge more, or reduce services, could easily lead to cases being made by manipulative interpretation of such data.

It’s too simplistic to see the debate in two separate camps – all the points made are valid ones – but in weighing it up, for me this issue comes down to who holds that data. If councils did want to re-shape their charging for say, waste collections, at the moment they would be the only people with the data. Surely the free data lobby isn’t asking for anything more than equal access to stuff that’s already there?

As David Bird so succinctly tweeted: “The data is innocent, it’s the mining that makes it guilty.”

Anyone looking for more information on this topic can also follow the national campaign to ‘free data’ on The Guardian’s blog.

* The other session I took part in was Chi-Chi’s update on her ambitious fundraiser 7 Wonders in 7 Days.

The scale and scope of this venture makes it exhausting to even hear about. In brief, it will involve raising £770,000 in charity cash over 10 months in a trip of a lifetime.

It’s always interesting to see Chi-Chi present her ideas – not least because of the way the audience is consulted and encouraged to input into her schemes. I hadn’t realised before that one of the inspirations for her trip had come from the TwitchHiker which took place across Twitter last year and has obviously provided some valuable lessons.

Chi-Chi has posted more about her session here.

* Because it isn’t possible to attend all the sessions at Social Media Cafe with full attention, I missed out on Adrian Slatcher’s look at the annoyingly over-hyped iPad and another fundraiser for Manchester which looks worth further investigation – Shine 2010 as well as a talk about the Digital Economy Bill by Yuwei Lin and news of this year’s Twestival.

And finally, as they say……… yes, that egg. A subject destined to appear on my other blog, perhaps.

The Mancheser Egg – pickled, wrapped in sausage meat and black pudding before being deep-fried in a Warburton’s crust. In the best traditions of journalism, I made my excuses and left it…..

Three, no five, dates for January’s digital diary

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Updated: January 6.

With Manchester being such a bustling hub of activity, there’s sure to be more coming along but here’s three five events for social media fans to kick off 2010.

1. First up, this Tuesday, is a low key version of Social Media Cafe to ease into the new year.
Time:
January 5, 2010 from 6:30pm to 9pm
Location: The Britons Protection,
Organised By: Social Media Cafe Manchester
Event Description:
This Month’s SMC is on Tuesday 5th January and is a meetup at The Britons Protection, 50 Great Bridgewater Street, Manchester M1 5LE .
As it’s just after the holidays it should be a relaxed and low-key affair. Join us at 6.30pm for some post Xmas social goodness.
See more details and RSVP on Social Media Manchester Ning:

2. Then the following week, the fledgling Social Media Surgery gets underway for the second time and features special guest Lisa Tse of Sweet Mandarin who will be sharing her experience of using Twitter in the restaurant business.
Time:
January 12, 2010 from 2pm to 4pm
Location:
Innospace, Manchester
Street:
Chorlton Street
City/Town:
Manchester
Website or Map:
http://www.innospace.co.uk/
Event Type:
social, media, surgery
Organised By:
Chi-chi Ekweozor
Once again, check the Social Media Manchester Ning for the latest information on this event.

3. Next day, Manchester WordPress Users Group January meeting.
Time: Wednesday 13th at 7pm.
Venue: Manchester Digital Laboratory. Manchester Digital Laboratory aka Mad Lab, 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester in the Northern Quarter.

4. A new event for the city and one which looks like an interesting development when MySociety and the Democracy Club roll into town the Wednesay after.
Time:
January 20 from 7.30 pm
Location: The Britons Protection.
Street: Bridgewater Street
City/Town: Manchester
Website or Map:The Britons Protection.
Event Type: social, media, surgery
Organised By: Democracy Club

There’s more detail about this event at the Manchester posterous site.

5. Another 1st for the city the week after -  Manchester NetSquared / Net Tuesday meetup. The organisers say; “Net Tuesdays are free monthly gatherings for social changemakers and web innovators to network, socialise and share ideas about how nonprofits and social benefit organisations can use the social web for social change.”

Time: Tuesday, January 26th from 6.30pm.
Location: Manchester Digital Laboratory (MadLab).
Organised by: Manchester Net Squared.

If you’re organising an event in Manchester which is likely to appeal to social media types, please feel free to add details via the comments below.

How do you know who you’re REALLY following plus other social media tales

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Last night’s Social Media Café turned out to be a choice of two sessions – one on Twitter Titters and one on Futuresonic.
I attended the Futuresonic one hosted by Drew Hemment which provided a brief history of the festival and a look at some of the events coming up this year. (See my tweets for a more detailed commentary).
But it was the post-talk debate on privacy which sparked particular interest for me.

The questions it raised are issues which keep cropping up everywhere at the moment – does the ease of sharing information mean that greater legislation is required to basically protect people from themselves? Who owns an online identity? Do workplaces need to draw up employee guidelines? Is it acceptable to lie or mislead in the digital space?

Many of those attending tended towards the view that we as users should take responsibility for our own output and representation, but then a fascinating revealation from one attendee who has seemingly duped several hundred online “friends” into believing she is someone else by setting up a Facebook group under a different name with pictures, interactions et al.
To what end I can only guess at. Fair enough or an abuse of trust? Love to hear your thoughts on that one!
The other session was also well-attended and looked at the sourcing and creation of a book to raise cash for Comic Relief which I’ve previously blogged about at some length here.
Here’s a couple of postings on that topic from attendees.
* “Tips from the team on people wanting to use social media as a tool: Recognise the power of the retweet (and plan for this with the characters you use), use small hash tags and build in ways to use other social media tools so that the campaign can be bookmarked.” Democracy PR.
* “I also suggested that some of the behind the scenes planning done on email could have been done on a blog to save some of the ‘going public with issues as they happened’ that became necessary. However, I do think there is a trade off between planning on the web and behind closed doors.They also set up a Facebook page and raised support on the official Comic Relief Facebook page. Some of the team regret not blogging as much.” Real Fresh TV blog.
* “But in the midst of being charitable, a rogue Twitterer was being distinctly uncharitable, accusing the team of ”spamming” on Twitter, not being “transparent” and generally slating the project. Though experienced social networkers, the team was unprepared for a negative backlash – a potential by-product of the social medium that needs to be managed.” Jon Clements at PR Media blog.
* Catch up on the Twitter debate.
* See a couple of Qik video stream clips from Martin Bryant.
* Let me know below if you’ve blogged picced, tweeted, streamed or otherwise participated and I’ll add a link.

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April 8th, 2009 at 12:11 pm

Blogging here tonight from #smc_mcr

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You’ll be able to keep up with the latest news from Manchester’s digital community with updates from tonight’s Social Media Cafe event blogged here from 6pm.
The agenda has changed slightly while I’ve been away for the past few days and I see that we now have Futuresonic‘s Drew Hemment hosting a session “running a digital festival: a living lab for future culture” in place of the Twaffik talk which has been postponed.
There’s more information about this monthly event, which tonight celebrates it six month anniversary, here. How time has flown and how quickly this has become an established fixture in the calender!
And there’s already so many ways to keep in touch – the latest spin-off is a Ning group set up to make pre and post debate around the events easier.
There will be coverage of Twitter and Flickr using the hashtag #smc_mcr and I’ll update from 6pm @Sarah_Hartley. See y’all there.

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April 7th, 2009 at 12:02 pm

Twaffik, titters and pic sharing for #smc_mcr

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Next week’s Social Media Cafe event is shaping up nicely with some practical examples of how participative media is impacting on life locally.
Sessions next Tuesday, inevitably it seems, have a heavy focus on Twitter’s uses with the creators of Manchester’s travel service Twaffik and the fund-raising efforts of TwitterTitters taking centre stage alongside a look at picture sharing.
I am away from the office for a week now and so will be handing you into the capable hands of The Mancunian Way’s blog buddies. See you all next week at The Northern on Tuesday, April 7. Don’t forget, you do need to register to attend this free event.

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March 31st, 2009 at 12:37 pm