Devon Social Media Cafe

We’re back!

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We’ve been busy… There have been distractions… Stuff has been going on… the economy’s not great… We saw some sun for the first time in years… Time has flown… There are so many valid reasons. All we can say is a very big sorry that we’ve been quiet; we will try to do better in the future.

So having broken the silence – it is great to be back. Last time we met we agreed to do a Twestival – and we did (raising over £6,000 in the process). But in doing that we lost momentum and things around us changed. A couple of weeks ago some of us met up again – it was great to see some new people, and to catch up with old friends. As a result, we’re back on the Devon Social Media Café ball.

For those who haven’t been before; Devon Social Media Café provides local people who use social media with an opportunity to meet the faces behind the avatars. Our events are informal, friendly and sociable – we source the space, and you can make the most of it. When some of us met a couple of weeks ago discussions ranged across Glastonbury, gardening, food, blogs, exercise (or lack thereof), twitter, photography, #21 days, gin, corsets and even an odd bit of business – and those were just the bits that I heard.

Where is this heading? To Stanley Casino!

Thanks to the hospitality of @TraceyHanwell and @StanleyCasino you are very warmly invited to come and join us for the next Devon Social Media Café on Wednesday 28th July from 7 at Stanley Casino ( – there will be a bar available and we anticipate plenty of lively conversation and laughter (as well as all sorts of shared social media experience/expertise).

So that we have an idea who is coming, please book a ticket (it will only cost you a couple of minutes and no cash) by visiting


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16 July 2010 at 12:34 pm

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Plymouth Twestival Global 2010 – How a small bunch of Plymouth twits made a big difference

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On the morning of the 26 March 2010 you may have noticed a curious silence from the Plymouth Twitter community. That’s because they were all recovering from Plymouth’s first ever Twestival.

Organised in just under 3 months by volunteers rounded up at January’s Devon Social Media Cafe, Plymouth Twestival managed to raise almost £6,000 for Concern Worldwide. A staggering sum of money that will directly impact upon the lives of hundreds of children trapped in poverty across the world.

I’m still reeling from the success of the evening and I know I’m not alone. The power, strength and good-natured friendliness of Plymouth’s social media networks meant the city beat the fundraising totals of Twestivals held in much larger cities like Vancounver, San Francisco and even Sydney. We raised the third highest amount in the UK.

This just proves what a flourishing, diverse and technologically innovative city Plymouth is.

The good thing about Twitter is you end up breathing a communal, online sigh of relief when something goes well. Just search #plymtwest and you’ll see all the messages of support and celebration, twitpics from the night, banter and conversations that arose from this one phenomenal event.

Plymouth Twestival brought people together in an entirely novel but strangely old-fashioned way – strong links have been formed and relationships solidified.

Which is exactly the point of meetings like Devon Social Media Cafe – taking people away from their computer screens to meet in person, putting faces, voices and business cards to Twitter avatars.

If you want to see what all the fuss is about make sure you sign up for the next Devon Social Media Cafe which will be held in early May.

Also, if you’re interested there’s a great social media event at University College Falmouth on Wednesday 28 April. Jon Morter, the man behind the Rage Against the Machine for Christmas number 1 Facebook campaign will be explaining how he managed ‘one of the biggest shocks in chart history.’

For more info see the How I got Rage Against The Machine to No 1 by Jon Morter Facebook event page.

There’s a great blog post here from @paddaniels about why Plymouth Twestival worked.

There’s also a link to the official Plymouth Twestival film, kindly produced by Machine Media, which will bring back some fond memories to those involved and give a flavour of the night to those who missed out.

Once again I’d like to thank everybody involved in Plymouth Twestival – the sponsors, bands, volunteers, auctioneer Graham Barton, the staff at Plymouth Argyle and the local media and community who supported the cause. You’re all brilliant.

If you’d like to be involved in future events get in touch. Email: or talk to us on Twitter.

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9 April 2010 at 1:26 pm

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Plymouth Twestival Global 2010 blog and logo launched

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Devon Social Media Cafe is delighted to announce the launch of Plymouth Twestival‘s very own blog and Facebook fan page with a wonderful logo designed by @JasonWStanley .

This blog will be the place to go for news and updates on Plymouth Twestival as the details of the event are announced.

If you would like to get involved in Plymouth’s first ever Twestival event either as a volunteer or an official sponsor then please get in touch with Plymouth Twestival coordinator Katy Creates on  or 07595 282230.

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9 February 2010 at 10:15 pm

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January 2010 date and venue announced

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The first Devon Social Media Cafe of 2010 will be held on Tuesday 26 January at View 2, Plymouth at 6.30pm. The event will kick-off at 7pm.

At this month’s meeting we will be discussing ideas for a Plymouth Twestival in March 2010.

Twestival is a charity fund-raising event organised using social media. The 2010 global event is raising money for Concern, a charity that is heavily involved in helping victims of the Haiti earthquake. We hope to organise a Plymouth event, alongside other South West organisations and would like to use this month’s DSMC to brainstorm ideas.

We’ll also reveal plans for upcoming DSMC events and how you can get involved.

So, lots of exciting things coming up in 2010. Look forward to seeing you all there!

And as always, any questions or suggestions do get in touch…

For more information:

01822 600100  / 07595 282230

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15 January 2010 at 11:50 am

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Devon Social Media festive drinks

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Thanks to everyone who turned up to November’s Devon Social Media Cafe at the beautiful Bedford Hotel in Tavistock. The evening was a great success and it was good to introduce some new faces to the social media cafe concept. Special thanks goes to Janie Dymock (@besttourguide ) for providing Wagon Wheels in honour of St Catherine’s Day.

The Bedford Hotel has some great last minute festive deals, definitely worth taking a look.

There won’t be an official meeting in December as the run-up to Christmas is so hectic however, we would like to invite you all along to share a few festive drinks with us on Friday 11 December.

We’ll be meeting at View 2, Plymouth at 6.30-7pm before we head to Plymouth’s finest cabaret joint, Annabel’s, for some cocktails and dancing. See Annabel’s website for more details about the entertainment.

So that some front-row seats can be reserved we’d be very grateful if you could let us know if you can attend as soon as possible either by Twitter (@devoncafe) or emailing

All partners, spouses, friends and family are welcome. At Annabel’s there will be a door charge of about £5 per person which includes entry to the night’s show.

Merry Christmas!

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2 December 2009 at 2:53 pm

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Tavistock to host November’s Devon Social Media Cafe

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We’re happy to announce that Tavistock is the venue for the third meeting of the Devon Social Media Cafe. After two hugely successful events in Plymouth the next meeting will be at the Bedford Hotel in Tavistock on Wednesday 25 November.

Devon Social Media Cafe is an informal monthly meeting for individuals and organisations interested in the usage and applications of social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Linked In. The event is organised by communications consultants, PR Dogs.

John Taynton, director of PR Dogs said: “These events are a great way of meeting your online contacts in person and getting a feel for how social media websites can help your business or organisation to adapt to the current economic climate. Social media has become an important part of the marketing mix for many businesses and Devon Social Media Cafe is an opportunity to explore the possibilities in a friendly and informal setting.”

The event starts at 6.30pm. The event is free to attend but guests are asked to book a place here:

For more information contact: or phone 01822 600100

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17 November 2009 at 4:10 pm

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A very social, social media cafe

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October’s Devon Social Media Cafe was ‘better than the last one with probably twice the number of people” according to one attendee.

Over 35 people turned up to Plymouth Arts Centre for the monthly discussion group which aims to bring together social media users in Devon to network, socialise and discuss best practice.

The event is organised by public relations consultants, PR Dogs.

Katy Creates, of Devon Social Media Cafe said: “It was a really positive night and we’ve had so much great feedback from everyone that turned up. Thanks goes to Plymouth Arts Centre for hosting the event, PR Dogs for sponsoring the refreshments, Bella’s Bakery for her wonderful cupcakes and Devonshire Tea for bringing along some samples.

“The room was truly buzzing with conversation. It was lovely to see some familiar faces as well as some new ones and I’m really looking forward to next month’s meeting. This is developing into a very social, social media cafe which is just how it should be!”

Photos of October’s can be found here.

Attendee list:

If we’ve missed anyone out let us know and we’ll add them to the list.

@David Wilcock

If anyone would like to get involved in hosting or organising the next Devon Social Media Cafe get in touch with or DM @katycreates or @prdogs.

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