Category Social Media

Three key questions for your presentation

When I’m talking to people about their film, campaign, presentation or what ever it is they are trying to create a message for, I ask them to think about these three questions: – What do you want to say? –… Continue Reading →

Social Media for Social Change – Express Yourself

Notes from a presentation I gave to the Media Kidocracy Konference organised by Bush Radio in South Africa December 2012 to an audience average age 15-16 Your Social Media Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, Tumblr. That’s what most of us think… Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

Producing content is Power

South Africa Broadcasting Corporation board member Lumko Mtimde today told audience of young people at a media and democracy conference “Power is producing content”. Lumko Mtimde was keynote speaker at the Media Kidocracy Konference Conference organised by Capetown’s Bush Radio…. Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

Nutrition for mind and a nice lunch

Forget about the Christmas rush. Get mind food and inspiration from some outstanding women at TEDxBelfastWomen in the fantastic new Skainos building in east Belfast, TEDxBelfastWomen is the first invent of its kind. Get more info and more importantly book tickets… Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

Three key questions when planning your presentation

When I’m talking to people about their film, campaign, presentation or what ever it is they are trying to create a message for, I ask them to think about these three questions: What do you want to say? Who do… Continue Reading →

Presentation to Maxillofacial Surgeons

Social media for good from Davy Sims


A very brave friend posted on Facebook an email he received from a twisted, vile sub-human. Read it here. While it was an email, it could just as easily been a letter through the post or a malicious phone call. It is… Continue Reading →

Slugger O’Toole Hangout Friday 27 July

Confidence and Social Media

Some things don’t work without confidence. Economies collapse without “confidence”; for example. Investors will not invest without “confidence”; for example. If athletes set out to compete in the Olympics, are they likely to win Gold if they aren’t very confident about winning?… Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

Starter’s Guide to Social Media

Off to Queens University earlier this week to do an intro to social media for the Nutrition Society. It’s short. So’s this. The presentation on Blogging is here.   Introduction to Social Media from Davy SIms

Blogging Tips

I declare myself a really crap blogger. You can find plenty of evidence here. I am inconsistant – rather than put any effort into it I only blog when I feel like it I almost never research anything – opinion,… Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

Are you going to TEDxBelfast?

Even if your business does not have a social media presence, should it have a social media policy?

Many businesses don’t have a social media presence – I can’t think of a good reason why. I don’t think there are any good reasons why, but I’m happy to take comment on that. But even if you don’t have… Continue Reading →

60+ Northern Ireland journalists, broadcasters and media outlets you should follow

Mainly journalists and reporters working in Northern Ireland and writing about Northern Ireland.

Online Surveys

Maybe it’s just the day, maybe co-incidence, maybe because it’s near the end of the financial year. Over the past two days I have been asked to take part in half a dozen web surveys (“in order to improve our… Continue Reading →

Online Community Management – fixin’thoes spellins and tYpOs

I don’t have many strong views. I do have strong views on grammar and spelling. But those views are not uniform. If I am writing something like this and there is a spelling mistake, typo or grammatical error, I am… Continue Reading →

Let’s not build the next Facebook

Here’s an idea. Let’s not build the next Facebook in Northern Ireland. Let’s not even use that phrase as shorthand to explain our tech/web/media ambitions. If we do we will limit ourselves and our thinking. The next Facebook already exists…. Continue Reading →

I want a video to go viral

It hardly seems like two years ago – but according to YouTube it is. The BBC Radio 4 programme decided to make a video to go viral . As I write it has had 70101 views – it is a… Continue Reading →

PSNI Arrest a man for Facebook Comments

West Belfast PSNI (Police Service for Northern Ireland) have arrested a man because of the comments he left on their Facebook page. Saying that while the majority of people who comment on the page for the right reasons, “this is not the… Continue Reading →

Why did Wikipedia go ‘dark’?

(Written for They are protesting about a law being debated in the US congress to outlaw internet piracy. Wikipedia is only one of  many interert companies worried about the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect Intellectual Property Act… Continue Reading → Top 10 Videos

These are the top videos for 2011 that my team at have produced. Fantastic work. You can also see 11 – 20 here 1. Rihanna in North Belfast She caused a sensation with her visit to a field in… Continue Reading →

Social Media – It or They?

Bad grammar annoys me. Disproportionately, some might say. Yet there are a few words that I misuse, and know that I do, usually because the correct usage seems weird or strange or wrong. “Media” is one of those words. “Media”… Continue Reading →

Social Media – irritating, isn’t it?

I was facilitating a session with a group of people who have a lot of different levels of experience using social media. Some had barely used Twitter and Facebook, some were light users who tended to Facebook, others used a… Continue Reading →

Social Media and Journalism – long version

This is the long – hardly edited – version of —— it has not been checked for grammar, spelling and working links -it’s really just my notes. There is a checked short version. A strategic overview of new media in… Continue Reading →

Over and Klout

Klout – don’t worry if you haven’t heard of it – if you’re on social media it has probably heard of you. This from Financial Post Over the past few weeks, several reports have surfaced which indicate Klout was creating “shadow profiles”… Continue Reading →

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