A while back Julia Higginbottom asked on Twitter who we thought might be deserving of the hash tag #socialsaturday after their name, i.e. who uses Twitter and online networks to create and arrange very real live social situations from drinks down the pub to more formal gatherings. These are people I’ve come across (in no particular order) who thoroughly deserve it and why:
As well as always being up for meeting for a pint and/or piece of cake, Ben organises the Birmingham Film Group. He’s also a regular volunteer at the Social Media Surgeries and joined me and the We Share Stuff crew for a very sociable couple of days at the Digital Inclusion Conference, peaking with his fantastic interview of a protester in Parliament Square, That London. He’s currently working on an emotional tour of Birmingham and, because he’s so sharing and caring, has asked for our input. Please give him the back the love he so freely gives out with your suggestions!
He’s just utterly lovely. So lovely, in fact, that Pete Ashton saw fit to create We Love Michael Grimes, which the Birmingham crew have been only too happy to contribute to. Michael sees Twitter as a great social tool that can create and reinforce friendships in the real world, and wrote this incredibly touching post explaining how that’s helped him personally. He’ll be mortified I’ve written this, just as he is when anyone sings his praises. It’s one of the things that makes him so utterly lovely.
Shona can’t just organise a piss-up in a brewery, she can organise it at the drop of a hat. A Stetson hat, that is. First came WxWM for us Brummies not in the exodus to SXSWi, then came its bouncing baby Moseley Barcamp. But in between the two, because Shona decided she didn’t have quite enough on her plate organising barcamps and creating beautiful art, is WxWM2: Sue Ellen’s Almighty Hangover. It will be an almighty hangover if tonight’s tweets are anything to go by. It’s ten hours away yet but she’s already started on the cider. Go on.
Nikki Pugh (@genzaichi) and Charlie Pinder (@pindec)
Sorry to lump these two together, as I’m sure they do amazing things separately, but they’re here for the fun and games that are BARG and the Birmingham Hack Space (along with Antonio Roberts and Midge). Come and play!
A lovely, sociable guy who shares the love and knowledge with Social Media Surgeries for Birmingham charities and voluntary groups, organising the Brumbloggers into passing on their knowledge on a monthly basis.
Getting social on global scale with her magical 4am Project, which had photographers up at that ungodly hour snapping away before, in Birmingham’s case, eating gargantuan breakfasts. Also responsible for a Twitter Flashmob. Karen always seems to be thinking up imaginative ideas to get people connecting online together in the real world.
I’m sure I’ve missed people out, please feel free to comment any omissions. In fact, I’ve just thought of another one:
Being a pale imitation of those above and jumping on the bandwagon by organising an outing to Friction Arts’ Echoes From The Edge this Saturday 31st May at 2pm, which I’ve been to before but am going back for more because I loved it so much. Please let me know if you’d like to come!