Category Archives: Social Media Surgeries

Storytelling

I’ve always been a great fan of storytelling. I loved having stories read to me as a child, I loved reading them to my own kids, and I ended up studying English Literature at university, largely due to my great … Continue reading

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National Smartphone Recycling Scheme

More evidence from Leeds Social Media Surgery last night of the need for a National Smartphone Recycling Scheme. My “patient” was someone who had been charged by her employer with communicating with young people, but was struggling to do so … Continue reading

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Our Digital Planet – The Story of Ron

This morning has made the whole Our Digital Planet experience worthwhile for me. The first customer into the unit was Ron, who happily told us he was 84 and had no interest in the internet at all. But he was interested … Continue reading

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Social Media from the inside (of 10 Downing Street)

This week I was part of an interesting, and not a little exciting, first. Monica Tailor, who runs Leeds Social Media Surgery with me, and myself were asked by Nick Booth, the originator of the of the Social Media Surgery concept, … Continue reading

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My First Week on Twitter – An Idea

I’ve been thinking about those shared twitter accounts, where a different person tweets on behalf of a place, an organisation, or an idea every week. Some of them are really good, some, I have to say, are banal in the … Continue reading

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The IslandGovCamp Odyssey

I’m thinking there should be a klaxon going off at this point and a flashing banner, reading DAFT IDEA. But… here goes anywhere. Announcing the IslandGovCamp Odyssey… or, at least running it up a flagpole to see who salutes. I’ve … Continue reading

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Social Media – How do we find out?

The latest Leeds Social Media Surgery was interesting to say the least. For some reason, I was the only “Surgeon” present, and we had 7 patients, considerably fewer than the average turnout, but a bit difficult for one person to … Continue reading

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First AuntySocial Connected Event / Blackpool Social Media Surgery

This week I was fortunate to be part of the the First AuntySocial Connected event which also incorporated the first Blackpool Social Media Surgery. AuntySocial, as described by one of its founders, Cath Mugonyi, is a group of mainly 18-30 … Continue reading

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Social Media, Identity and Personality

When I talk to people about social media, I often begin by making the point that social media is fundamentally about being social. The reaction to this polarises between people who think I am being facetious because that’s just obvious, … Continue reading

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Social Media Surgery Tour

Thanks to the lovely people at the RSA I am about to embark on a Social Media Surgeries tour, mainly of the North of England, but a couple that fall outside that definition. If you’ve read my blog before, you’ll … Continue reading

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