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How Plymouth can become a social media powerhouse

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It’s clear to us that most of the people who come along to our events love Plymouth. But we also have discussions about how we could make the city better. Unsurprisingly everyone who comes along seems to love social media too! And we often discuss what we can do to get others involved. But could we think really big? Can we turn our love for Plymouth and social media into something amazing? Whether we use social media as individuals, businesses, charities, community groups, or the public sector (ok – this is currently rare in Plymouth!) we could all do something to make Plymouth a social media powerhouse.

For the first of our new discussion events Ash Mashadi (@inplymouth) from inplymouth.com will be challenging us all to think big about social media – and we’ll be thinking about what we can do turn Plymouth into a social media powerhouse.

Be at the start of something big – help to define the conversation – and join us…

  • Where: Stanley Casino
  • When: Wednesday 27th April – bar open from 6, discussion starts at 6.30
We look forward to seeing you there

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25 April 2011 at 8:33 am

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What next for Devon Social Media Cafe?

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Over the last eighteen months, since Devon Social Media Cafe got going, a lot has changed. There are a lot more people using social media locally. The online to offline principle is becoming increasingly adopted, and we are seeing all sorts of local social media inspired meet ups happening. Social media is also developing.

When we were set up, the intention was to move around the county, this has not really happened. In reality we have become rooted in Plymouth and the surrounding areas. We are aware of similar things happening in Exeter, Totnes and Topsham – and soon to be in Torbay. We know of groupings that have established around design and another around lunch.

We have always battled with where, when and what. We have been asked to have them on different nights and at different venues each month. We’ve been asked for stability of both. We’ve been asked for more formal discussion groups. We’ve been asked to keep it informal. We’ve delivered two PlymTwests (and in doing so have raised over £11,000 for charity) and been the source of other small scale local charitable fundraising activities. We’ve been asked to do more of these things, but at our core there have always been only one or two volunteers (boosted by lots of lovely extra people for PlymTwest events) so we have been limited in what we can do.

So now seemed like a good time for reflection. Should we look at change in the way that DSMC works? How could we build on what we have achieved so far? We thought we should, and have come up with a range of ideas. We’d be really interested to hear what you have to say about them.

We think:

  • What happens in the Plymouth area should have a name that reflects its locality. We’re still thinking – but so far we’ve had PlymSocMed, PlymTweets and PlymChats suggested. We’re open to suggestions that will work well on Twitter as a name and a hashtag as well as being able to be good (possibly if expanded) for FaceBook, LinkedIn, blog, etc. We’ll carry on using Devon Social Media Cafe until we sort this out, then…
  • The name Devon Social Media Cafe should be changed to Social Media Devon, and used to promote all the different social media focussed events around the county, focusing on those that happen on an ongoing basis and have twitter accounts and/or use hashtags (this will make it easier for us to spot and promote things)
  • That we should see the impact of using a different night of the week, and trying different venues. So we’re going for two events a month for the next few months. As well as the last Wednesday of the month at Stanley Casino, we’re going to be using the second Thursday as well (starting from 14th April at the Treasury)
  • That we should try some more formalised presentation/discussion. This would be happen before the Stanley Casino evenings on the last Wednesday, so people could come from work network, engage and leave; or arrive a bit early, engage chat and saunter off later; or come and join in the whole lot. Basically doors open at 6, presentation/discussion from 6.30-7.15, chill, chat and drink from 7.15 until we naturally wind down (we’ll confirm nearer the time what we will be doing later in April)
  • We should build on the success of PlymTwest to look at how we, as Plymouth’s social media community, are able to come together to do social good, celebrate our city, build new networks/relationships and have a lot of fun

We’d be really interested to hear what you think about all of this – leave comments below, Tweet us, come along to the Treasury on 14th April from 7, or Stanley Casino on 27th April.

And if you’d like to become one of our organising team, please let us know

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7 April 2011 at 12:59 pm

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