An Exciting Week for Social Media in Yorkshire

Central Birmingham Social Media Surgery -1st Anniversary

At the end of my presentation at last year’s National Digital Inclusion Conference I said that we were aiming to make Yorkshire & the Humber the “Social Media Region”. I think quite a few in the audience realised that I hadn’t really thought through the path to this objective at the time. However, I think we may now be well on the road, as this week sees Social Media Surgeries in three of our major conurbations on consecutive nights.

Huddersfield Social Media Surgery is on Monday 1st February, Leeds SMS on Tuesday 2nd, and Sheffield on Wednesday 3rd. With the second York SMS imminent, and plans in train for surgeries in Hull, Grimsby, Barnsley and Hebden Bridge, the idea spawned in Birmingham by the amazing Nick Booth and Pete Ashton is taking root around Yorkshire & the Humber.

It promises to be an exhausting week for those of use involved in all three of this week’s Surgeries, but the cumulative satisfied glow that always follows a successful event will make it all well worthwhile.

First York Social Media Surgery

Social Media Surgeries are gaining momentum around Yorkshire. Last night (9/12/09) saw the first SMS in York.There was a great turnout and some fantastic feedback from people who came to learn how blogs, wikis, Twitter, Facebook, etc might help the work of their community organisation. A big thank you to York Council for Voluntary Services for providing the venue and coffee, and to Ama Butler, for the cup cakes which were very popular indeed.

Much of the event’s success was down to the energy and organisational skills of Abhay Adhikari and Christine Morris. Thanks to the other surgeons, Tom Smith, Rick Waghorn (who came all the way from Norwich), Helen Harrop, Mike Leigh-Cooper, Jonic Linley, Jonathan Irvine, Sophie Ballinger, and Dan Croxen-John (I hope I haven’t missed anyone).

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