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Cairo calling

I got an incredibly pleasant surprise yesterday afternoon – Karen Strunks called me to say she’d just been offered a last-minute press trip to Cairo and very kindly asked me to be her plus one! I leave very early Saturday morning and get back next Tuesday night.

News of the press trip, organised by Fly BMI, has had me squealing with excitement for the past 24 hours, much to Carl’s chagrin.  Getting away at a couple of days’ notice took a bit of sorting but there are certain things you just don’t say no to, and a free trip to Cairo is one of them. I’ve never been to the Middle East before so it’ll be a totally new experience and I feel flying there business class and staying in the Four Seasons Hotel is definitely the way to do it first time! 😉

As well as a spa, the Four Seasons also has WiFi, which Karen and I will use to tweet about our aventures using the hashtag #bmicairo.  I’ll also be attempting a bit of photography with Carl’s Canon Eos 400D camera, which he’s kindly agreed to lend me.

We’re also hoping to meet up with Noha Atef whilst we’re out there, who we’ve come to know through her work on the BCU MA Social Media course – it will be lovely to see a familiar face in a foreign land.

Have a great weekend folks. I’m hoping mine will rock!

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Post to calendar

I asked this question on Twitter a little while back but got no response, so I’ll ask it again with feeling in more than 140 characters.

Digbeth is Good has a Calendar page which is basically an embedded public Google calendar.  Although useful for readers, I must admit updating it is a bit of a pain.  I basically have to look at a post for an event and create a new calendar entry in Google ? inputting the date, time, location and copying and pasting the text and relevant link into the description.

It would be great if, just as I can simply create links posts using the Postalicious plugin, I could post events links to the calendar, somehow inserting the relevant details on the way so it easily feeds into a calendar entry.

Is there any way of doing this?  It would save me an awful lot of admin if there were!

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Does life exist?

does life exist

Anyone who knows me or follows me on me on Twitter will know I’ve been pretty mad busy of late, what with Digbeth is Good and the various projects that are coming off the back of that, so the other week I met with Pete Ashton and put my life onto his huge whiteboard in an attempt to get it into some sort of order.  This bit of the mind map made me giggle – does the project called ‘Life’ exist yet?  Not right now, it doesn’t.  Pete’s answer to this quandry?  Why, buy a whiteboard of course, and get all those ideas and little jobs in my head onto a shiny, wipe-clean surface.

buy a whiteboard

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Link: Socialreporter | How Twitter can trip up a blogging boss

Socialreporter | How Twitter can trip up a blogging boss – Oh dear, this made me laugh and then get a little angry. Bob McKee, CEO of CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and and information Professionals) gets a well deserved roasting from Phil Bradley for stating there will be no Twitter presence for CILIP because ‘In terms of ?official? activity, cyber life is just like real like – if it happens in a CILIP-sanctioned space, it?s official; if it happens down the pub or in someone else?s space, it isn?t.’

Christ alive, where do you start?  Well David Wilcox tries by pointing out that ‘you can?t define ?your space?. You need to be wherever anyone talks about you. And you need to monitor who is saying what about you, and responding quickly.’

But seriously, is this guy mad?  Ignore the unofficial at your peril.  Is he honestly saying no pub conversations have been bought into and affected CILIP’s ‘official’ space?  I’m willing to bet him a fiver he’s wrong.  And it’s the same with informal social sites like Twitter – yes, you can choose to ignore what’s said on them if you like, but you will be cutting off your nose to spite you face.  And don’t for a minute think what’s being said in these arenas will have no affect on official business.

Rant over.

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Link: Getting started on Twitter

  • Getting started on Twitter – Jon Bounds gives a brilliantly simple guide to starting out on Twitter, something I’ve become quite seriously addicted over the last few months. This teamed with Stef Lewandowski’s ‘Birmingham Twitter users to follow’ list means Brummies have all they need to get started.
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    Link: Dave Harte gives up Twitter for Lent

    The Stirrer: Dave Harte gives up Twitter for Lent – with a very good reason, not only to raise money for charidee but also because:

    Although I?m still fond of the sweet stuff I?m even fonder of the new social media tools that let you connect to people in such direct, simple ways. Twitter, blogging, Facebook and the like aren?t just throw away fads for attention-challenged youth, they allow for the kind of networking in the virtual world that was previously the preserve of the golf club bar or the high-powered business breakfast. In fact they?re probably the most valuable business tools around at the moment. Surely ease of communication with customers, suppliers, collaborators and competitors is a top priority for firms in such turbulent times.

    So giving up twitter for a few weeks is my way of saying that twitter matters, you dismiss it at your peril.

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    My Twitter Mosaic

    Rich Batsford made me aware that you can get pretty mosaic of your Twitter friends. Here’s mine:

    Get your twitter mosaic here.

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