Pretty Simple: web, digital, social

Last night I went along to #smedinburgh – a meet up for people from all backgrounds to come and discuss social media. I made some useful contacts and the people there were all keen to hear more about what my organisation is doing.

Our Tweeting activity in neighbourhoods seemed to spark people’s interest, as did our plans to empower our schools to make use of social media. It seemed that people understood the relevance of localised activity and engagement far more than big corporate broadcast channels.

These sorts of meetups are excellent for people to informally chat and share their knowledge and I’m keen to see more of them throughout the city. I’d also love to see a return of free social media surgeries (like Edinbuzz which took place across the city last year).

People of Edinburgh, how do we make that happen?

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2 Responses to How can we bring back free social media surgeries?

  1. Craig McGill says:

    There’s tons of these events – including the very obvious weekly #edcm – as well as the Edinburgh PR/SM meetups that Stewart Argo organises. The thing that people have to remember though is that there’s only so much people can give away for free and at some point it becomes self-repeating as well.

    Also, when I tried to host the Social Media Dinners in Edinburgh there was far less demand than there was in Glasgow (which reminds me that Fatbuzz also do their event).

    • James says:

      Thanks for your comments Craig. Agree that there are loads of great meetups for talking about social media etc. However, I’m aware that these can appear quite daunting to some, and are often aimed more at professionals.

      Some of the advantages of social media surgeries are that you can ideally get one-to-one advice, in a venue based in your community, without needing to bring along your own device or buy expensive drinks or food to take part! To benefit the less privileged areas of a city, these factors are crucial.

      On the issue of money – obviously people have to make a living, and I have no issue with people charging those who can afford it (especially private sector) for their expertise. But I think there’s lots of goodwill out there for people to volunteer their free time and knowledge to good causes such as charities and community groups. The ongoing success of surgeries down south continues to prove that.

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