Have you heard about Alan Dein's BBC program called Don't Log Off in which he invites online strangers to talk to him. He is back with part two and the human stories are truly fascinating. The other side to these stories is the way technology enables us to connect with total strangers and the resultant relationships. In the current series, an American man talks to Alan … [Read more...]
What is the definition of terrorism?
In the aftermath of events at the Westgate shopping Mall in Nairobi Kenya there is an awful lot of soul searching and reflection as to how this could have happened, who knew what as well as what happens now. Further questions are to do with what impact if any these attacks will have on Somalis who call Kenya home and community cohesion broadly. I too, found myself in a … [Read more...]
30 DayTwitter Challenge- Is Twitter a whole lot twaddle?
Happy New Year folk. How are you getting on with your New Year's resolutions? I had a year of mixed blessings last year and I am determined to have a more proactive approach to life and work. So how am I doing so far? A few days ago I accepted a challenge to review Nikki Pilkington's e-book called 30 Day Twitter Challenge . Now I am not quite sure why as Nikki is … [Read more...]
Twitter, Black History Month and knickers for black women
Sometime last year I got into a conversation with a woman on Twitter whose twitter handle was simply SMT95. We exchanged several tweets and she asked for my number. I gave it to her and she called me. She introduced herself as Sadia Sisay. We spoke for 2 solid hours on anything and everything. But mostly about Twitter, the point of black history month and not being able to … [Read more...]
VILLAGES IN ACTION 2010- is this the biggest social media story of the year?
In my last post I was on my way out to Uganda from where I am writing. But before I left I had a telephone conversation with one of the sponsors of the VILLAGES IN ACTION and CEO at Business Fights Poverty asking if I would represent his company at the conference and in return he would cover my airfare! This is someone I met by joining his online forum! I have written … [Read more...]
Cyber Begging or Crowd Sourcing- an update
In my last post I told you about my quest to get to the Millennium Villages conference, which has since been renamed VILLAGES IN ACTION . As promised I am back with an update. As well as raising the necessary BA Air Miles I also wanted to test the whole concept of #crowdsourcing so I will start with feed back on that. The post was tweeted and retweeted at least 44 times! … [Read more...]
Cyber begging or crowd sourcing?
I love Twitter and other Social Media platforms because they allow me to connect, collaborate and keep in touch with all manner of people from all over the world. I also learn a great deal from others, but it would appear that I am not alone, even Nick Clegg British Deputy Prime Minister has been at it, it being CrowdSourcing I recently came across Paul Smith's story, a … [Read more...]
My Friday recommendations for Twitter
There is a new theory that the #FollowFriday recommendations on twitter are open to abuse/SPAM Nikki Pilkington an expert on twitter advises that in order to avoid this SPAM it is best to write your recommendations in a blog and then post a link to them. I have a great deal of respect for Nikki’s views on twitter and other Social Media platforms and in my view what she … [Read more...]
Did you say twitter doesn’t work?
Well think again. Whilst at the Africa Gathering I met three important people who were also running seminars. In this thread I will tell you about one of those people. Dr Chris Hutchison a lecturer at Kingston University. He run a seminar on the University’s Africa project and sat in on my seminar too. We had brief conversation afterwards, he introduced me to his … [Read more...]
What is the point of Twitter?
I don't know when or how I got into Twitter but frankly it doesn't matter. However what does is the ability to connect with others that Twitter provides. I have no doubt folk will debate the inns and out of Twitter for some time to come of as we say in Africa until the cows come home but I would urge you not to dismiss it. My Twitter story starts with a post sent by Ed … [Read more...]