“A hashtag is not a branding exercise.”

What is a hashtag for? I was sitting with an important client. We were talking about the hashtag to be used at an event with a potentially global audience. I was looking after the webcast and social media production. The client had already made a decision on a hashtag with their events partner. The hashtag Read more about “A hashtag is not a branding exercise.”[…]

Phone numbers from 1989 for Nelson Mandella and Vaclav Havel

Way back in time, we used to keep numbers on cards in cardboard boxes. I was working in current affairs at a really interesting time; fall of communist governments in Europe and release of Nelson Mandella, When I was packing up to move house a few weeks ago I found these cards. Home number of Read more about Phone numbers from 1989 for Nelson Mandella and Vaclav Havel[…]

Davy’s on the road again – again

I’m about to get busy, again. Today and tomorrow producing a live webcast from the Confidence in Policing conference at Titanic Belfast for Northern Ireland Policing Board. Then to Paris from Thursday to Sunday for a conference “Using Traditional and New Media For Campaigns Against Prejudice, Xenophobia and Discrimination“. Then Marino College Dublin until Wednesday Read more about Davy’s on the road again – again[…]

Blogging is dead – Oh, no it’s not!

This year: Blogging is dead. Blogging is reborn. Blogging has shifted. And it’s still only January. OK So it’s February now (I spent a while thinking – about other things as it happens) and I have returned to the theme. Blogging is Dead: Of course it is! It has been dead for years and keeps Read more about Blogging is dead – Oh, no it’s not![…]

Using Traditional and New Media For Campaigns Against Prejudice, Xenophobia and Discrimination

The December meeting of the Grundvig group was held in Cezayir Istanbul. These are some of the social media links to resources and work of some of the people and organisations who presented to the group. Ekran Saka a professor at Istanbul Bilgi University began the session on the 4th December. Ekran specialises in communications and new Read more about Using Traditional and New Media For Campaigns Against Prejudice, Xenophobia and Discrimination[…]

Tulip City Hotel, Istanbul

Review in Trip Advisor  I was on business and attending meetings nearby. One of the reasons I chose Tulip City was that it was recommended by colleagues in Istanbul and the price which was fantastic value for money. I didn’t check any reviews before hand but had assumed it was part of the Tulip chain Read more about Tulip City Hotel, Istanbul[…]

How travel has changed in under two decades

I have travelled a lot since the mid 1990s. This week I was in Istanbul for the first time since 1996 and I began to think about how travel has changed. Here are 15 thoughts. There are plenty more. This was written while on the Istanbul-Stansted leg of this flight.     Then Finding a Read more about How travel has changed in under two decades[…]

Tips for live tweeting

1 – Prepare, prepare, prepare There are several things you should do beforehand I.         Who do you expect your audience to be – always be aware of the audience. II.         Equipment – you can do it on a mobile phone or tablet, but it is best to use a laptop – you will be using Read more about Tips for live tweeting[…]

WIMPS at South Africa’s Media Conference for Youth

A short report written for a different blog. The coach’s engine was overheating. Outside the sun was beating down – it was 35 degrees. Inside, the coach air conditioning was on full pelt to keep us cool. And we were singing Jingle Bells. “Dashing through the snow?” Hardly. Welcome to mid-December on the Western Cape. Read more about WIMPS at South Africa’s Media Conference for Youth[…]

Gumboot Dance – the Media Kidocracy Konference talent night winners

While working in South Africa at the beginning of December 2012 at the Media Kidocracy Konference organised by Bush Radio, the organisers held a talent night for the young people at the conference. The winners were these guys. Not the best recording I’ve ever made, but I hope you watch it and enjoy it. Gumboot Read more about Gumboot Dance – the Media Kidocracy Konference talent night winners[…]

Teaching Blogging in South Africa

Here are the numbers. As I write, Lake Malawe is, at a guess, fifty to one hundred miles to the west. I’m 35,000 feet above ground travelling at 568 miles an hour in an Emeritz Airbus 340-400 on a 10 hour flight from Cape Town (on the west cape of South Africa) to the desert Read more about Teaching Blogging in South Africa[…]

Facebook is free – and Facebook is expensive

We all love Facebook – especially when we get to hate it. The most widely used and popular social media platform is used by close enough to 1 billion people. For the service all of those people pay. “If you’re not paying for something, you’re not the customer; you’re the product being sold” – check Read more about Facebook is free – and Facebook is expensive[…]

Digital Lunch: Belfast2020

Mick Fealty (editor founder and driving force behind Slugger O’Toole) organises weekly Digital Lunches on Google Hangout. Mick has kindly invited me to take part in several. This is todays. The synopsis from Slugger O’Toole: “Today’s … is the first in a two lunchtime session which will consider the future of Belfast over a relative medium Read more about Digital Lunch: Belfast2020[…]

That was then … this isn’t

Yesterday on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme, there was an interview with someone in Syria “on the internet”. In other words on Skype (or similar). No big deal. Not really worth mentioning. But then I suddenly remembered … In 1998 (less than 20 years ago) I was making a 15 minute documentary for BBC Read more about That was then … this isn’t[…]

String theory and the decade of anniversaries

This is a longer blog post that I would even read – let alone write. So here is the headline. The past is important we should learn from it. But it is the past. We need to think more about the future … We can learn from that too. I know something about string theory. Read more about String theory and the decade of anniversaries[…]

Zen and the art of logging off

A report in the New York Times this week says that the some of the masters of Silicon Valley are now thinking about potential addiction to technology that may have been created by our reliance on gadgets and games. Not the first time this has been raised – crack about “crackberry” and adults concerned about their Read more about Zen and the art of logging off[…]

How we speak in Crossmaglen

I was doing a session with the Driving Change group from Crossmaglen. Fantastic group, but first we had to get over the language problem. Apologies for the my shaky camera work on the iPhone. Here are Glen and Ciaran. Feak = Shift Fein = Boy Buer = Girl Minya = Good Golya = Child Rulya Read more about How we speak in Crossmaglen[…]

The Facebook Diet – how to loose ‘friends’ and be influenced by people

With 938 ‘Friends’ on Facebook, I have decided that this is a richness that I no longer need. In the end it was one post by one person that made me think’ What utter bollocks* – what a twisted idiot you are – you are my ‘friend’ on Facebook, but we’ve never met, I wouldn’t Read more about The Facebook Diet – how to loose ‘friends’ and be influenced by people[…]

The Week in WIMPS – Week Beginnging 14 February 2011

Interviews with Political Leaders, choosing a design company to build our new web site and live streaming the first political party hustings – just part of this week at WIMPS. It is really astonishing the access that WIMPS has to the influential and powerful in Northern Ireland.  A youth organisation with cameras can get through Read more about The Week in WIMPS – Week Beginnging 14 February 2011[…]