Silence & the value of ‘slow’ community

Sitting here watching the dramatic siege in Sydney's Martin Place unfold with the rest of Australia and many around the world, it's impossible to avoid the social media noise. It's still humming. It's speculative, occasionally hate-filled, intermittently impassioned. If you turn off your devices (and good luck with that), it follows you to the news. It's prompted me to … Continue reading Silence & the value of ‘slow’ community

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Are you too old to be a social media manager?

The myth of the digital native has been soundly debunked, but the final nail in its coffin may well be Cathryn Sloane, unwitting poster child for the worst of Gen Y cliches. Cathryn's post 'Why Every Social Media Manager Should Be Under 25' enthusiastically makes a case for its self evident title, predictably spinning up a … Continue reading Are you too old to be a social media manager?

media140: building community around your personal brand

Here's a summary of the second presentation I gave at media140 last month. I was asked to chat about building community around your personal brand. There's an awful lot of people out there building audiences, not communities, and mixing up where each can be valuable in their own ways. The people I find that have … Continue reading media140: building community around your personal brand

media140 Perth: tweeting beanbags & digital futures

I was invited to give several keynote presentations at media140 in Perth recently, on a range of topics associated with online community and social media, across three streams: Digital Business, Digital Me and Digital Family. I had a ball and was energised by my terrific fellow speakers, attendees and the conference crew (especially the gorgeous … Continue reading media140 Perth: tweeting beanbags & digital futures

Convergence Review: community management considerations

The Australian Government has released its interim Convergence Review report, which aims to consolidate regulation for a converged media world and help us cull old laws that don’t make sense any more. Superficially, this sounds fantastic. Unfortunately, the review and report have been a bit of a bungle. I'm with the Financial Review’s Dominic White, who … Continue reading Convergence Review: community management considerations

Powering community energy with social media

I had the pleasure of sitting on a panel on Community Energy at the Sustainable Living Festival in Melbourne over the weekend, hosted by the Yarra Energy Foundation. I've been introduced to the community energy movement through my role as a Director of YEF and am passionate about its mission and potential. Community energy has been around … Continue reading Powering community energy with social media