Victoria BC Canada

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Home of the author. A great place to live with lots of interesting positives and problems.

2013 Predictions, or the Year of the Sneek

Year of the Sneek

The 5th, of 6th year of doing a ‘Top Predictions’ blog for the upcoming year: inspired by the (ever expiring) Victoria BC Times Colonist journalist Jack Knox (@JackKnox), who annually regales us Islanders with his profoundly insightful prophecy. This year, a connection as the team at #YYJchat, of whom I am honoured to be a member, actually had our hero scribe as a guest – well done, we will never regain our reputations.

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Twitter is the News

Twitter Trends Map

No doubt Twitter has radically altered ‘News’ as we know it – and it will become more profound as the platform gains more users. There needs to be a balance however between profit motive editors chasing trends for the potential audience value, vs allocating resources to reports that have community impact.

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Victoria Police Take to Twitter for Canada Day

Canadian Flag

Refreshing to witness the Victoria BC Police Department experiment with Twitter on Canada Day. Creating a Hashtag – #VicPDhelps – as a non-911 means for people to note problems or concerns while tens of thousands gathered in the downtown core to celebrate the national holiday.

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Twist My Rubber Arm….

Victoria Harbour from Fairmont Empress Verandah

When the Fairmont Empress (@FairmontEmpress) in Victoria BC sent a DM (direct message) tweet with an invitation to come down and try out their new Hoyne Honey Hefe – made by Hoyne Brewery, using Empress Hotel’s own honey – my response was ‘Twist my rubber arm’.

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Taking #SMcamp Lessons to #Saltspring


On Thursday June 14th I will be on Saltspring Island, at the invitation of the Saltspring Chamber of Commerce. Title of the presentation is “Tips, Tricks and Tools”, and many of those will come from learning at Social Media Camp… Yes, kudos to Erica Ehm for quantifying, Social Media is a Cocktail Party!

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This is What We Do! #SMcamp #YYJchat

Louise Hartman - CTV News on #YYJchat

We have been running #YYJchat for about 6 weeks, gaining a wonderful, engaged audience, and it seemed perfect to do it live from Social Media Camp – so we did! Very little planning, no set advanced guests, just dive in… the results, frankly were amazing. Proving don’t be afraid.

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Social Media and Politics: Gifts or Gaffes?

Politics and Social Media: Gifts or Gaffes

The battle ground for hearts, minds and votes has extended exponentially into social media at all levels of government, but are individual politicians doing it well?

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CFAX: What on Earth is #SMCV12 ?

Social Media Camp 2012

What is a hashtag? Why are tweets mentioning Victoria BC tagged #YYJ? Do I really need to use Twitter and Facebook for my business or organization? Find answers from experts at Social Media Camp 2012 in Victoria BC.

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CFAX – Apps, Instagram and Customer Service through Social Media

Instagram Logo

What makes an 18 month old, free mobile App, worth $1 Billion? Is the App space a new dot comm bubble? Who is doing well using Social Media for customer service? Some answers and a great conversation with Adam Stirling on CFAX 1070.

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Opinion Panel on SHAW TV


The weekly Opinion Panel on SHAW TV. Host Alan Perry brings together opinion makers from around the region to discuss major issues. For February 10th, we discussed regional amalgamation, big box stores, a provincial judicial review and more…

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