Open Culture

Posted on November 28, 2007 11:06 by phil

Went to the launch of OpenCulture today. Phil Redmond has stepped up to the task of leading the disparate scouse tribes forward into culture year and this is part of the thrust.

Essentially, the site is built around “Cultural Clearing” or bringing together the people with the ideas and creativity with those holding the purse strings.

www.culture.org.uk

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Gooooogle culture…

Posted on November 24, 2007 10:47 by phil

It’s BarcampLondon3 - I’m sat on a very large bean bag in the atrium at Google’s UK Headquarters. It’s all too comfortable.

Google is famous for its working environment. Tales of the early days at the googleplex abound – gourmet chefs, roller hockey, beanbags and so on. I suppose it’s become more commonplace now but back in ’99 when I first heard tell of these things, I was surprised to say the least. Especially as I counted myself lucky to get dial up at the time.

Across the atrium from where I sit on the £800 bean bag is a kitchen with all manner of food and drink for the taking. Yes, Googlers want for very little it seems.
OK, it’s not like they’re hard up or anything… $10.6bn last year – they can afford the free espresso.

There is an abundance of whiteboards (all wiped clean before we arrived, top secret stuff here, you see) and also an abundance of meeting rooms all named after great thinkers. Berners-Lee, Newton, Hawking, Magellan all get namechecks here.

The open plan offices are decorated as eccentrically as you might imagine. There are traditional red phoneboxes for private calls, mannequins dressed in Google hats and the occaisional brightly coloured arrow pointing to the “Googler of the week” who presumably sits beneath it with an inward grin of satisfaction.

On the one hand, these things could just be fluff, but in much the same way that a persons house tells you a great deal about them, a workplace says similar things. Perhaps the most powerful of these was the scribble on the kitchen whiteboard:

“Still loving you Google.. Despite you driving me crazy, Still loving you…”
 

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Dont Look Down!

Posted on October 9, 2007 10:58 by phil

Thom and I jumped of a really big building for charity at the weekend and raised over £500 for Addaction.


 
Read the full story here

And heres a couple of scary photos.

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Barcamp Brighton

Posted on September 20, 2007 10:41 by phil

Thom and I presented at Barcamp the other weekend. Here’s my presentation:

 

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Happy 800th Birthday Liverpool!

Posted on September 11, 2007 17:40 by phil

Been a little busy at the glowplex recently..
We launched a little viral campaign to promote Liverpool and its world heritage skyline the other week.

 

Glow New Media teamed up with Liverpool Vision to create Interactive Liverpool Skyline - www.myliverpoolskyline.com which allows visitors to see what the skyline would look like if the Taj Mahal was in Liverpool city centre or with the worlds tallest tower – the CN Tower in Toronto – just behind the liver buildings.

So far, nine of the worlds most iconic buildings can be used. They include the Eiffel Tower, the Sydney Opera House, Sir Norman Foster’s “Gherkin” in London and the Statue of Liberty.

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Tom Coates seems to have a bee in his bonnet (sorry Tom..) about PR at the moment and it’s all been kicking off over at his blog…
“As far as I’m concerned, an unsolicited press release is quite literally no better than spam.”

Blimey..

I think this is an inevitable “Problem of Success” which has arisen because an individuals *personal* weblog has gained an unusual level of profile. Naturally, this is attracting PR attention.

Now although “Blog PR” is a new and powerful promotional tactic in the online marketing mix, this situation (and it is a situation!) serves as a warning.
Behind the blog is an individual who is unlikely to be a professional journalist.
The usual PR rules do not apply.

Approach with caution, care and a bit of social decorum. Imagine that some random approached you in the pub selling something you had no interest in. You get the picture.
So bearing in mind that the individual behind the blog is human and probably not a Journo (the two aren’t mutually exclusive of course!):

1. Template emails & press releases are obvious. Avoid.
2. Actually read the blog before you contact its owner
3. If your message has no fit with the content of the blog, DON’T APPROACH!
4. If it does, make your approach politely and above all, human.

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Shift Happens

Posted on July 11, 2007 17:27 by phil

In need of a little… perspective? Watch this. It will be 5 minutes well spent.

 
All the credit for the presentation goes to Karl Fish and Scott McLeod, so please visit Karl and Scott’s websites for all the materials and info behind the video.
Karl Fisch’s original post: Did You Know?
Scott McLeod’s original post: Gone Fischin’
 

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OpenCoffee SEO clinic

Posted on June 4, 2007 17:14 by phil

Looks like the next OpenCoffee event is going to be quite popular.
I’ve decided to do a Search Optimisation clinic at the event. Sounds terribly formal but it’s not.

If you need a fresh perspective on search optimisation or you just a few questions, come along. There’s WiFi so if there’s time, I’ll have a look “under the bonnet” of a few sites and make some suggestions or quick improvements that will make a difference.

If you run a site and being found in search is important to you, stop by.

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(Open)Coffee anyone?

Posted on May 30, 2007 16:38 by phil

I was approached by Manoj Ranaweera recently about the idea of starting a regular OpenCoffee event in Liverpool. What a great idea, I thought.
“..The OpenCoffee Club was started to encourage entrepreneurs, developers and investors to organise real-world informal meetups to chat, network and grow..”

When they say informal, it’s about as informal as it gets.

The first OpenCoffee Liverpool event will take place on Jun 19th, 10am – 12am

More details on upcoming.org

If you’re an entrepreneur, investor or have an interest otherwise, stop by for a coffee. It’s that simple.

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i-Techpartner and SurfTail

Posted on May 30, 2007 16:19 by phil
Glow New Media will be presenting one of our Tech widgets (SurfTail) at i-TechPartner on 12th Jun 2007 at Daresbury Innovation Centre. There are about 30 other demos (including one from Manoj Ranaweera) at the event so if you’re in the area and interested in seeing a few new technologies, it may be worth a vist. 

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