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Things to do before 2011 ends, 3 : Update profiles for  New Year

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This can take more time than it should especially if you’re a compulsive joiner/ tester of new stuff.

I think I’m about there with the major ones but it did get me thinking that an app for that would be good….

One form to fill which has the format for the 140 characters for Twitter, the current, past, summary etc. for LinkedIn, the Facebook status etc. which then distributes directly to each. Anyone?

Written by sarahhartley

December 29th, 2011 at 3:24 pm

New look here at Mancunian Way


Have given the blog a little spring clean!

Thanks to Alan Holding for permission to use the panoramic view of said Way on the header.

Please do enjoy the rest of his photostream on Flickr here.

The freshen up is in readiness for the mega blogging activity getting underway here this week – more details on that to come shortly.

Written by sarahhartley

May 9th, 2010 at 8:16 pm

Blogging here tonight from #smc_mcr

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You’ll be able to keep up with the latest news from Manchester’s digital community with updates from tonight’s Social Media Cafe event blogged here from 6pm.
The agenda has changed slightly while I’ve been away for the past few days and I see that we now have Futuresonic‘s Drew Hemment hosting a session “running a digital festival: a living lab for future culture” in place of the Twaffik talk which has been postponed.
There’s more information about this monthly event, which tonight celebrates it six month anniversary, here. How time has flown and how quickly this has become an established fixture in the calender!
And there’s already so many ways to keep in touch – the latest spin-off is a Ning group set up to make pre and post debate around the events easier.
There will be coverage of Twitter and Flickr using the hashtag #smc_mcr and I’ll update from 6pm @Sarah_Hartley. See y’all there.

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April 7th, 2009 at 12:02 pm

#smc_mcr A night of geekery begins here

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There’s quite a crowd gathering down here at The Northern in Tib Street to start the year’s first Social Media Cafe event. I shall bring you updates here (and on my Twitter stream)but also so will everyone else – that’s the whole point of this participatory media.
So if you want to drop in live to see what’s happening, search across most platforms using the tag #smc_mcr. See here on tweetscan.
I’ve also created the pipe below which picks up some updates via Twitter and Flickr.
It’s the third of these events, they’ve gone from strength to strength and tonight’s event is in an unconference format.

Written by sarahhartley

January 14th, 2009 at 6:33 pm

Goodbye Web 2.0 world

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I’m preparing to go cold turkey and do 14 days straight without internet use of any type. Frankly the prospect is fairly terrifying.

My family has already started to set odds on how many days it will take me to find an internet cafe in the remote area of the world I’m sending myself to.

I can’t actually remember the last time I spent a whole day offline – it definatley wasn’t this year.

So while many people would find the prospect of a fortnight away from the laptop/mobile/PC etc. a normal break, for me it’s exceptional.

I live my life online – that’s what I do!

I’ll also miss some important occasions. Firstly the DEN trip to Liverpool then the two awards we’re up for – the north west daily newspaper website and the Press Gazette Multimedia Publisher.

If I had internet access I’d know about all the above within hours of each event but now I’m reliant on someone texting me or catching up with a manic trawl round when I get home.

The break has also made it a necessity to depart from the usual services I use. In doing so I’ve come up with a sort of league table.

So here is the top ten online services according to current usefulness (to me);

10. First to go was the work email. No issues here, just set that out of office reply and breathe a sigh of relief!

9. Seeing as I’m not going to be online, this serves no purpose for the next two weeks and there isn’t any community as such to belong to.

8. Flickr. I love Flickr as a way to organise my pictures and I find it an invaluable tool for use with my blogging activity but I haven’t invested much time into making contacts so the community element isn’t so strong.

7. Seesmic. I haven’t used it enough to be truly part of the community and deep down still struggle with the front of camera bit. So the goodbye there wasn’t too much of a tug.

6. Utterz.  Although I find it a useful tool for occasionalreports on the go, the community aspect of it hasn’t yet grabbed me. The integration with Twitter and blogs pushes it up a bit.

5. Next were the two “work” blogs. Trickier. The one blog I can easily hand over to my excellent co-blogger but the food blog? Well it will just have to wait – I hope the 50,000 plus users will bear with me.

4. Home email accounts. This is how people I actually want to communicate with me get hold of me.

3. Plurk. Strange that this should be so high on the list as I’ve only just started using it. However it’s intriguing enough in its posibilities to make it almost to the last turn-off.

2. My personal blog. That’s why you’re reading this. It has also not been around for very long but has already put me in touch with so many truly well-informed and entertaining people that it’s invaluable to me.

1. Twitter. Yes it has to be the last to go not least because the final tweet will also update Facebook and Friendfeed. So there you have it – the easy integration with other applications is the clinching factor.

It’s also interesting to note that if I’d done this same exercise a year ago, many of these services wouldn’t have figured.

So as I wonder what next year’s list might consist of, it’s good bye from me – for now.

Written by sarahhartley

June 8th, 2008 at 4:23 pm