Friday, 18 December 2009

Gambia School Supply Drive Update

I didn't blog as much as I would have liked, but operation Collect School Supplies for Gambia went really well and we successfully manged to reach our maximum luggage capacity.

We'll be meeting with the Fresh Start Foundation's Gambian representative on Tuesday and delivering the the pens and notebooks to the school ourselves, which will be a great experience.

Rosie and I would like to thank everyone for their school supply donations and support, especially:

Wendy, Clare, Eilidh, Saj and Ann from Professor Wendy Atkin's Research Team at Imperial College London
Laurie, Kerry and everyone at Wildfire
Amanda from Fresh PR
Asda (thanks Dom!)
Geni from EvenANerd
Our parents and family
and everyone who donated direct to FSF's JustGiving Page (please let us know who you were!)

Have a great Christmas. I'll be sure to post pictures upon on return.

Thursday, 17 December 2009

Retro Social Media Manuals

I'm loving these retro-looking social media manual covers from St├ęphane Massa-Bidal.

Prints available here.

Saturday, 12 December 2009

How to get 1000 Twitter followers by doing nothing remarkable and not being an expert in anything

*Edit: this post is really just an excuse to show off this wicked cool GIFThis week my Twitter follower count ticked over the big One Thousand mark. What does that mean? I guess, 1000 Twitter users, either people, spammy marketers or robots, thought that what I have say is worthy enough to greet them in their Twitter feed throughout the day.

I am really thankful that of those 1000, many of them are friends and colleagues who wanted to connect online, and am kind of blown away as to how fast my Twitter activity has grown over the past few months.

They are really basic, but here are some reasons why I think you're following me and some tips to get more followers yourself.

Be yourself
Kinda lame advice, but personally, I only ever follow faceless feeds when they provide really useful information. It would be hard to compete with them from your personal account. Plus, I don't think people want to follow robots, they want to connect with other people. So, be a person online. Have opinions, share your thoughts, rants and raves. Just be careful not to over do it.

Don't be afraid of mistakes
Despite how some people might present themselves, no one is really an expert at social media. Microblogging is still pretty new for all of us. It's rules are changing all the time, so don't be afraid to try new things. What's the worse that can happen? People might start a hashtag about it:
Okay, so, that was embarrassing. If you do fuck up: apologize, learn from your mistake and move on. The internet moves fast, your disaster will be old news in a day or two. Besides, you'll probably end up better off. You'll have learned what not to do and you might meet some interesting people throughout the episode, as people like controversy and gossip.

Vary your interests
I work in technology PR, but if I only tweeted about technology PR I would not have found half the cool people I now follow on Twitter. I'm an avid nature lover, with a passion for loud motorcycles, vegetarian recipes, tattoos, comic books and zombie movies, and every now and then, I tweet about it. Sometimes, people end up following me because of it.

Expand globally
My Twitter blew up when I crossed the Atlantic. A new city, a new country with so many new people to learn from. But really, online there is no reason why geographical boundaries should dictate who you connect with. Go ahead and make some new friends in far away places.

Learn, share and prepare to be shared
This is hopefully why you are on Twitter in the first place. Few of us want to hear broadcasts about your breakfast. Instead, interact with other users, retweet them or let them know what you think. Share something neat, cool and useful. And when you do tweet, craft your message so it is easily retweetable, leaving space for the "RT @You:" Also, don't wait for others to find and follow you. Be proactive about it. Find cool people, follow them and say hello.

Be my follower 1001 here: @DanHowe

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Metro Photo Cock-up

Yeah, that is an awful blog title.

This morning my co-worker, Chris, pointed out an inconsistency in the London Metro. We have two copies in the office, which appear identical, with the exception of the photo of Lady Gaga on the top right hand corner of the cover, as well as in the Lady Gaga article inside the paper. Each had a different photo. Perhaps they were different editions, or one was printed before a better photo of Lady Gaga became available.

Either way, it isn't anything like the photo mess-up in yesterday's Toronto Metro, as pointed out by blogTO on Twitter.

The picture is a little too small on purpose, if you want to see the wardrobe malfunction in it's full glory, you can head over to this blogTO post and scroll down.

Best part of it all is Metro's reply on Twitter: