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By on Aug 27, 2008 in blogging, blogging techniques, conferences/events, headshift | 2 comments

Brunch, the day afterOriginally uploaded by Larsz Yesterday I mentioned to one of my colleagues at Headshift that I haven’t managed to find the time to blog much since I joined the first week of July. I’m still alive, honest. And I have, if you know where to look, actually been doing a bit of mobile blogging recently over on my St. Albans blog. If you’re still skeptical, you can see me with your own eyes if you happen to be in London next week, Amsterdam the following week (with Barcelona tentatively booked too) and in December I’ll be giving a presentation at a conference in Dubai. So what have I been up to? Well, other than the half day spent recovering form the Headshift balcony party (see photo), I’ve been busy, as has everyone here, creating social media goodness for a whole range of clients and potential clients. In the past few days, the following sort of things have touched my hands: a recruitment site a corporate alumni site a gaming portal a couple of EU "e"______ bids several websites for charities a non-profit wanting functionality for a virtual office a proposal for an electronics manufacturer and a handful of other things. Keeping in mind that it’s now the second morning of the work week, following the long (Bank Holiday) weekend, I think this pretty much explains why I haven’t been blogging all that much. But I will – as soon as some of these projects get out the door I’ll be able to tell you more about them and, finally, you’ll have some idea what me and the social media team here at Headshift do. By the way, if you’re a UK based broadcaster, publisher, media company or other entity interested in launching or improving your existing blogs, we’re hosting an event at the end of September in cooperation with Movable Type – get in touch if you’d like to be added to the invite...

manchester blog awards 2008

By on Aug 22, 2008 in BBC, blogging, conferences/events |

The Manchester Blog Awards return for the third year running thanks to the efforts of Manchizzle and others. They don’t have a category for blogs that closed earlier this year but, if they did, I reckon we’d be in for a nomination or two for the now defunct BBC Manchester Blog. Best of luck to all those who are, or wish to be, nominated for an award!

i’ll be speaking in london, amsterdam and dubai…

By on Aug 18, 2008 in blogging, blogging techniques, conferences/events, headshift, journalism, mobile, online community, social software |

If you’re based in London, you can catch me speaking, alongside Michael Pranikoff, Director of Emerging Media at PR Newswire, and Robert Andrews of PaidContent, at the next PR Newswire  Meet the Media event on 04 September 2008. The free events, sponsored by PR Week, are targeted primarily at newcomers to the Public Relations industry, help build knowledge and connections between PR and the media. On 12 September, I’ll be at the International Broadcasting Conference in Amsterdam, for which I’ve organised a panel which will include Chris Vallance from BBC Radio and others (likely to include someone from a social networking service and another person from publishing or broadcasting) discussing the impact of Social Media on broadcasting. The panel will be chaired by Andy Davy, Controller of Portfolio Management, BBC Future Media and Technology. This will be a free session – see the website for details. From 14 – 17 December I’ll be in Dubai where I’m giving a presentation at thenewmediaevent where there will be a two day conference with optional half day workshops taking place before and after. In addition to being in a great location, this one should be really interesting given the likelihood that the audience will be quite different in terms of people, organisations and experiences than the typical London or Northern European social media conference. Also speaking are Angel Gambino (Bebo), Mohamed Al Fatatry (founder of Muxlin), Phillipe Borremans and others....

links for 2008-08-18

By on Aug 18, 2008 in Uncategorized |

Word Spy – murketing Thus the company shunned celebrity endorsements — Kid Rock had been interested — and devoted its budget instead to murketing, sponsoring a series of unlikely gatherings across the country. Like 'some kind of small-scale National Endowment for the Arts for young American outsider culture,' Pabst paid the bills at bike messenger contests, skateboarder movie screenings, and art and indie publishing get-togethers. … (tags: marketing advertising publicrelations beer) ButtUgly: Digital locality and friendship stasis It's all about proximity, vicinity and shouting distance… (tags: location...

bbc sport olympics map mashes up twitter, blog posts, coverage

By on Aug 15, 2008 in BBC, blogging techniques, journalism, location based services, mobile | 5 comments

When the English county of Berkshire was hit by flooding last year, Ollie Williams, then at BBC Berkshire, put together a map that mashed up BBC coverage, the location of emergency relief centres, flickr photos and youtube videos. Now Ollie’s moved to BBC Sport where’s he’s built a map for the Beijing Olympics that mashes up results, blog posts and geo-coded twitter tweets. It’s quite a nice implementation although, it could be improved with the addition of photos and video, both of which could be easily created and uploaded on the same 3G or wifi enabled mobile as the tweets are coming from. That said, this is a really good starting point for using maps as a way of navigating BBC content – something you’re bound to see more of in the future. Speaking of, James Thornett, another former BBC colleague, has a new(ish) blog called Straight to the Point which is all about mapping, location based services and the like. Well worth a...