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On the same day that we hear the sad news that Revolution and Media Week are to close


Dilbert sums up the new world as perfectly as ever.

Incredible times.

Marissa Mayer – truly inspirational

In honour of the news that Marissa Mayer has been named one of Glamour magazine's Women of the Year, I'm flagging up this great video interview, done earlier this year.  If you don't know anything about Marissa or have never seen her speak, this demonstrates why she's an inspiration to so many – me included.


Dilbert is still the best comic strip by some way.  Loved this one.  Must ring true of so many PR and social media measurement reviews.


Very happy to see that the lovely Mike Butcher had included me in 'Celebrating Women in Tech' post, in
commemoration of Ada Lovelace day.  I was very honoured to be listed among such talented, inspirational

It was like Totally AWESOME


Hmmm, I have been seriously slack in blogging in the last couple of weeks.  Nine days out in Austin meant I was somewhat distracted (although lame of me not to blog I mean it's practically the law at SXSW).  Anyway, I'm pleased to report that it exceeded expectations, interesting talk, great people, lots of fun. OK so I know it was my first time and I probably sound a little giddy (maybe next year I'll sound more jaded) but now I really understand why it generates so much buzz.

So highlights and lowlights?
Well, it's best to have the bad news first right?

  1. As the lovely Vero points out so eloquently, it became apparent pretty quickly that the organisers had screwed up by not making it clear what level the panels were aimed at and some were really pretty basic.
  2. The venue is fine, huge and souless but hey, that's OK but they really need to sort the catering out- a rank wrap and coffee for $18 – yack.

Um, I can't think of anything else bad.  Now the good news.

  1. Great speakers and a fanastic range of subjects mean that you have a huge choice of potential panels.
  2. The people, the people, the people.  It's great to be with like minded folk who don't mind if you stand staring at your iphone for 10 mins instead of speaking to them.  Particularly big shout to the digital mission crew, a lovely bunch of folk.
  3. Parties, free beer – what more can I say.
  4. Speaker highlights: Kathy Sierra, Gary V (who was worth going to watch for the astounding hero worship he receives from his fans – GO GARY, you're AWESOME). And of course the British 'anti-panel' #kebab. It was juvenile and silly but hilarious and a refreshing change from all the earnest talk about social meeja.
  5. And finally, wi-fi that worked despite the fact that thousands of people where blogging, twittering and probably uploading a gazillion gigabites of data per second.

But you know you've been bitten by the SXSW bug when you realise that there is just no way on earth
that you won't be there next year.

5 things I love about Austin



*pic by Kumar

  1. The huge number of independent coffee shops with personality and attitude – the opposite of Starbucks.
  2. Wholefoods, quite simply the best store ever.  Please open more in the UK.
  3. Book People, quite simply the best book store ever.
  4. Everything is automated.  The toilets flush by themselves, the paper towels come out on their own.  You need never do anything for yourself again!
  5. Friendly people, in every store.  You get very used to the British attitude of aloofness/rudeness/"why are you bothering me by coming in my shop" and you forget that it's actually quite nice to be treated well.

ps.  however, the weather sucks (well at the moment anyway)

It’s off to Austin I go.

So on Wednesday I fly out to SXSW which I'm hugely excited about but I'm also feeling a little, well, overwhelmed.  I mean jesus, I can't believe how much there is going on.  I can just see myself wandering aimlessly from panel to party, dazed and confused and worried that I've just missed the most important/useful/fun bit, while I watch celeb bloggers get trashed.  But no, I am determined to get the  most out of it.  I'm most looking forward to a) some of the panels – oh I know it's supposed to be all about the parties and call me naive but there are some fantastic speakers so I don't care if that makes me square b) connecting with some great digital folk including lots of people from the UK who I know are making the trip out there.  Along the way I will try to blog, tweet and not lose my iphone or sanity.

Wish me luck.

5 vows for this week

Illness (tonsillitis) laid me low for a couple of days last week, so I'm still playing catch up.  I thought a good old list would do the job of helping me feel as though I am in control, so here goes – my resolutions for this week:

  1. To be uber efficient and get through all my scheduled work before flying off to SXSWi next week.
  2. To take a proper look at CoTweet which looks really interesting, allowing you to run multiple Twitter accounts simultaneously, (although I may have made a bit of a balls up by getting a beta invite and changing my twitter name afterwards – more on that later).
  3. To not sink my time into arguments about Twitter lists – totally inconsequential in the scheme of things.
  4. To try and look after myself, eat well, etc, last few months have taken their toll.
  5. To write some rather more interesting blog posts – I'll be blogging for the fine folk at e-consultancy while I'm away and I expect they'll require a bit more than a lame list….

Link love

  1. I've worked for myself for over seven years now and although generally I love it, sometimes it's very hard not to get distracted and waste time.  Particularly with time sinks like Twitter and FeedDemon.  Which is why this post on mashable; 7 Productivity Tips is particularly welcome.
  2. A succint and useful post 8 Essential Free Social Media Monitoring Tools is a must read.
  3. My second job in PR was at a fast paced agency in Manchester (what a baptism of fire that was) and from time to time you'd have the problem of a client falling out with the account handling team.  This post from Todd Defren makes a whole lot of sense and clients would do well to listen.
  4. Finally, as the 12th of February and Twestival gets ever closer, a timely reminder from Scott Harrison, founder of Charity:Water, why it's fantastic that so many people are getting  involved.    

Scott Harrison, Founder of charity: water – Thanks the Twestival from Phil Thomas Di Giulio on Vimeo.

Twestival Go!


Very excited about Twestival and in awe of @amanda and the twestival team for co-ordinating it all. At the time of writing there are over 80 cities registered to hold Twestivals.  I'm helping organise the Manchester Twestival @MancTwester (do you see what we did there?) and although it's scary given the frightening deadline, it also feels like a genuinely inspiring thing to be involved with and for an amazing cause.  Everyone has been so keen to help, it's fantastic.  Will be blogging our progress. You can follow us on Twitter @MancTwester