The First Learning Social Media By Doing Course – A Success!

The Learning Social Media By Doing Course - logoBy all accounts, yesterday’s first Learning Social Media By Doing Course was a success!

Put on specifically in response to requests by attendees of the Social Media Starter Course for a more practical follow-up course, the half-day workshop was aimed at giving beginner to medium level social media users a hands-on introduction to social media tools.

And hands-on they got!

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Using Twitter for Discussion and Feedback during the Social Media Starter Course

Using Twitter for Discussion and Feedback during the Social Media Starter Course

Yesterday morning saw an incredibly well attended Social Media Starter Course, the second ever and fully booked!

Attendees included staff from Salford, Manchester Metropolitan and Manchester universities looking to engage with the local community using social media, the marketing team from online travel and leisure company, iKnow, a community worker from Trafford Metropolitan Borough and a PR/journalist.

It was a pretty mixed group with varying levels of social media experience and knowledge.

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The Importance of Online Marketing

The Importance of Online Marketing - Social Media Workshop at Bradford Gallery, UK

I had the pleasure of presenting a social media workshop titled ‘The Importance of Online Marketing’ to a group of creatives at Bradford Gallery at the Yorkshire Craft Centre yesterday evening.

Organised by Fabric, the arts development organisation for Bradford as an event for the Creative Bradford programme, it was pretty well attended with at least 30 arts practitioners from artists and animators to photographers attending the 3 hour event. There was even an eco friendly web hosting company!

My slides are now up on Slideshare and are embedded after the jump.

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Presenting A Beginner’s Guide to Social Media at #smc_mcr

A Beginner’s Guide to Social Media

There has already been much discussion on the web about the incredible meeting of minds that was the first Social Media Cafe of the year last night at The Northern.  You can read Manchester Evening News blogger Sarah Hartley’s 5 takeaways at the Mancunian Way blog which includes links to videos.

The first in the unconference format, myself and all the other speakers were bowled over by the enthusiasm of all who attended.

I presented a well attended Beginner’s Guide to Social Media session, slides after the jump:

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A Touch of Liveblogging from Manchester Social Media Cafe

I’m rather apprehensively dipping my toes into live event blogging via my Samsung Omnia touchscreen mobile phone.

I’m no stranger to event blogging, having done a fair bit in recent months. Writing direct to web on a touchscreen phone needs to be experienced to be believed, however, it makes you realise just how far things have advanced in mobile phone technology over the last 6 months.

Back to the 2nd Manchester Social Media Cafe. Currently listening to this month’s speaker, Heather Corcoran from Liverpool’s FACT museum share about being involved in an open source system designed specifically for media artists called pure:dyne.

Also briefly mentioned FACT TV, a HD web TV channel featuring FACT archives? Currently documenting much of it.

Really interestd in net art, showed a number of interesting video examples.
The most interesting was a ‘data mash’ fusing Rihanna’s Umbrella and The Cranberries ‘Zombie’, done by analysing the data files representing the videos and mixing the two.

Visually the effect is much like what you get with digital interference on a DVD, if there is any such thing with the characters in both videos morphing in and out of the image.

I’m going to stop now; I’ve enjoyed this liveblogging experiment but it is rather more labour-intensive than I anticipated. Will post a follow up featuring links to Heather’s examples.

UPDATE:
You can get a full list of links for Heather’s presentation via the Social Media Café Manchester wiki.

There’s also a neat round of up blogs and chatter after the event on the Social Media Cafe Manchester’s Twitter page.  Particularly pointed was Tim Difford‘s views over at the One Greener Day blog.  Fascinating read. 

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A Day in The Life of A Digital Native – NOISEfestival

 NOISEfestival launch featuring Alistair Darling and Badly Drawn Boy

In between covering social media usage amongst FTSE 100 companies, I try and post blog articles sharing interesting industry events I attend.

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And We’re Off, Manchester’s Social Media Cafe Opens For Business

Manchester’s Social Media Cafe Opens For BusinessLast night’s Social Media Café event at The Northern exceeded my expectations.

Firstly, turn out was impressive, I’m not sure of numbers but there were at least 50 people in the audience.

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4Talent Inspiration Session – Building Online Communities like Flickr and Habbo Hotel – Part 4

4Talent Inspiration Session - Building Online Communities like Flickr and Habbo Hotel - Part 4I’ve been sharing my notes from Channel 4’s 4Talent Inspiration Session on Online Communities.  A one day intensive workshop on building and growing successful online communities, it took place as part of Birmingham’s first digital festival, Hello Digital.

This post covers my notes from Heather Champ, Director of Community at Flickr’s talk.

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4Talent Inspiration Session – Building Online Communities like Flickr and Habbo Hotel – Part 3

4Talent Inspiration Session - Building Online Communities like Flickr and Habbo Hotel - Part 3Here is installment number 3 in my notes from Channel 4’s 4Talent Inspiration Session on Online Communities at Birmingham’s first digital festival, Hello Digital.

This post features my notes from Ally Branley, Community Manager at Channel 4′s talk.

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4Talent Inspiration Session – Building Online Communities like Flickr and Habbo Hotel – Part 2

4Talent Inspiration Session - Building Online Communities like Flickr and Habbo Hotel - Part 2

I’m sharing my notes from Channel 4’s 4Talent Inspiration Session on Online Communities at Birmingham’s first digital festival, Hello Digital.

Featuring illustrious speakers like:

it was an intensive series of talks and small group sessions aimed at helping web content creators and online community managers build, grow and manage successful online communities.

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