Round up: SMC 16 February 2012

Thanks to everyone for attending last Thursday’s event at Static Gallery and for those of you that couldn’t make it we thought we would bring you this update, just so you can find out what you missed.

It was good to see such a great turnout and so many new faces packed into Static for the first evening this year of Social Media Cafe Liverpool. The crowd really helped us decide whether we should be holding these events so if you turned up it’s your fault that there will be another one.

You can view an analysis of tweets from the evening on the Archivist or check back on the Twitter Search

Alistair Houghton, hosted the evening for us and as always did an excellent job. First off he introduced  John McKerrell, John who brought us the Social Media Cafe Liverpool iPhone app (still available for free from the app store) gave an excellent talk about Open Street Map – and has written an excellent blog post which includes his slides along with some video. So take a look.

Next up was Adrian McEwen – Adrian discussed his project It’s Liverpool 2020 looking at what kind of Liverpool do we want to be living in in 2020. He has written about this project on the dedicated It’s Liverpool 2020 site where he is looking for responses to this provocative question.

Francis Irving was our final speaker, he is the CEO of ScraperWiki and discussed Digital nests, and the seven year itch. Will each social network stick around forever? Why do people like them? To what extent is the web now about building communities, rather than building technology?

Francis’s slides will be available shortly but until then here are a couple of sites he referred to that may give you a bit of background to his talk.  http://xkcd.com/802/ plus one of Francis’s favourite sites http://excapite.blogspot.com/ he even gets a mention in this post

Presentation: Social media cafe Liverpool – Francis Irving

We were also joined by Chris Goldson from John Moores University who distributed a questionnaire asking businesses how they use twitter – hopefully we will be able to get Chris back to tell us the results. Fill in the questionnaire here

Interested – then get involved
You can join up and help us organise Social Media Cafe, there is loads of work needed to be done to pull a decent event out of the bag. So do you want to help with, marketing, booking speakers, writing press releases, the tech bits or with the post match blogging. Any help is always gratefully received.

Social Media Cafe is organised by How? Why? DIY!, a community interest company that runs  exciting networking events  that explore issues relating to digital technology and access to new skills.

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