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2012 Irish Social Media Awards

Last Monday the 13th of Feb saw various cities around the world launch and celebrate social media week. While there wasn't any official event here in Dublin there was a bit of a bash thrown to launch the 2012 Irish Social Media Awards. A 2011 winners case study paper was also launched on the night and has since been uploaded to slideshare.

The event itself was in the form of a digital table quiz where the use of smartphones was encouraged and even necessary for a lot of the rounds.

I was delighted to have had a chance to pitch in when pulling the case study paper and the launch night together. The awards themselves are a @damienmulley driven production and are taking place on May 17th in Dublin's Mansion House.

Social Media At A Glance

The idea of polite or incidental media is something i find pretty interesting. Got turned on to DEXTR after reading this blog post by Russell Davies and have been playing around with since. Love the interface and its handy to have on the desk or second screen for at a glance updates from my Twitter stream.

A similar webapp i came across, Arrivals by Dan W. Williams, brings the same at a glance experience to Foursquare. Arrivals turns your Foursquare notifications in to a airport arrivals board...hence the name.

And finally, though I'd mention Glowdart which is similar to TwitterFall but also allows you to turn on and off news feeds who's headlines appear mixed in with your Twitter and Facebook streams....again allows you to keep up to date with news as well as your social circle at a glance.


Discover Twitter

Happy 'belated' Birthday Twitter > Discover Twitter

My youthful days pass by

Most of us have heard of Future Me where you can send your future self an email but now you can mess with your future self even more with Photojojo’s Photo Time Capsule and Twitshift.

Photojojo’s Photo Time Capsule links up with your flickr account and sends you two emails a month with pictures you took and upload to flickr on that day one year ago. Twitshift is for the narcissists out there, you can now follow yourself on twitter from a year ago...freaky.

Give me your Number 1 ASU #ge11

So with #ge11 finally after kicking off in earnest, it should be interesting to see how different parties and different candidates use digital and Social Media as part of their respective campaigns.

We’ve already seen some gaffs from FG, Labour have launched a where’s Gilmore app , FF have Twitter squatter issues and Sinn Féin carry the most Klout! Everyone knows SM and Digital will play a part in #g11 but how serious parties take the channel and how commited or willing they are to embrace it is yet to be seen. Irish Media Watch back in May 2010 posted results of a survey in which "77% of TDs plan to use social networking tools to communicate with constituents in the next general election" which is very impressive if a little optimistic.

Ronan Burtenshaw has a comprehensive list of Irish Politicians on Twitter. Noreen Bowden also has a list setup for Irish political parties and candidates on Twitter.

So getting to the blog title. I have particular interest in seeing how candidates and parties use digital advertising and particularly the likes of Facebook ASU ads to promote themselves and their campaigns. One would think that the regional targeting, self serve function and cost effectiveness of the channel would result in a plethora of 'Vote No.1' type ads appearing all over Facebook. But, having changed my location etc several times I’ve only seen one ASU ad and that was from FF TD Thomas Byrne. I don't really fancy changing my location over and over and hoping that party and candidate ads show up randomly so if anyone spots an ASU from a party or candidate send a screenshot to 'osuilleabhain AT gmail DOT com' or via the comments below (making sure to highlight what your FB location is set to).

Spotted this one myself -
(FB User Location Dublin, Hometown Cork)

FF TD Thomas Byrne - (Meath East)

Recieved this screenshot from @quinlivan -
(FB User Location Galway, Hometown Ennis, Co. Clare)

FG Cllr Tony Mulcahy - (Clare)

3 more found by @quinlivan again with -
(FB User Location Galway, Hometown Ennis, Co. Clare)

FG - (Party Message)

SF Cllr Martin Kenny - (Roscommon South-Leitrim)

FG Cllr Sean Kyne - (Galway West)

Spotted another one myself -
(FB User Location Dublin, Hometown Cork)

Colm McGrath Independent - (Dublin Mid West)

2010 in Review

Thought it might be interesting to do a quick review of my 2010 activiety online to see what caught peoples attention and generated most clicks, views, re-tweets etc

Using tools like Hootsuite,, etc its easy now to track what kind of traffic or clicks any tweeted links generate. I tend to use a different link shortener depending on the PC i'm using at the time but in total, across all of these, links i've posted on twitter alone have generated over 7,000 clicks in 2010. Some of the most clicked links are as follows:

  1. Could have fun with this today! The Neil Prendeville soundboard!! #Aerwankus #MileHighTugGate
  2. So here we go, details as follows, 4 iphones to be won as well as loads yes laods of iTunes vouchers #thinkbeyond
  3. Wow RTE final update story on Protest at Dáil << mental stuff
  4. Picture of the Naas Road after snow storm earlier > Very dangerous driving conditions folks...Bi cúramach!
  5. Exclusive first pics of Sean FitzPatrick being arested at his home this morning
  6. Zeitgeist 2010: How the world searched Not the vid but an interactive app....
  7. The GAA have relaunched their site
  8. @marklittlenews ah but did Sky have the real story behind #dailgategate ??
  9. Our first bi-weekly video podcast featuring Sonia O'Sullivan talking about @thecorkmarathon is now on iTunes check it out
  10. You can even add our logo if you like, one of the guys in the office created this masterpiece #thinkbeyond

Very often, and as evident from the list above, i'm tweeting linking to pictures i've taken or images i've put together and uploaded to Twitpic. Some linked to directly with Twitpic links and some via a link shortner but the most viewed pics ive uploaded to Twitpic in 2010 are as follows:

With an astonishing 46,240 views we have this pic i took of a field directly behind the house where i grew up.

Anyone recognize the pitch from the opening scene of The Wind That Shakes The Barley? Well this pic hit 15,000 views dead!

This pic of Mulley speaking at the Media 20/20 conf has hit over 5,000 views.

I have some more 20k plus view pics but one of my favs has to be one from my FaceDown phase. It has a respectable 410 views.

Another pic thats racked up over 700 views is this one i took on May the 1st, May Day in Cathar in Kerry at the foot of the Paps of Anu.

Top Tweeted Links of 2010…so far

I tend to bash out a massive amount of links and pics via Twitter but neglect to share them anywhere else so in something i hope will be a regular feature here are My Top 10 Most Popular Tweets* in 2010 so far.

1. Picture of the Naas Road after snow storm earlier > Very dangerous driving conditions folks...Bi cúramach!

2. Exclusive first pics of Sean FitzPatrick being arested at his home this morning

3. RT @eoinos: The GAA have relaunched their site the guys at @ebowdublin are behind the new site, not an easy job id guess?

4. Someone was very quick off the blocks in updating Sean FitzPatrick's Wikipedia page

5. 'I'm Yours (ukulele)' im prob a bit behind on this but this is one seriously talented Kid6. Google facts and figures (massive infographic) << super cool

7. Took a load of pics of the merriment in snowy Phoenix Park today, lots of sledging, snowboarding, kite skiing etc

8. WTF!!!!! Now that's a serious disco ball!!!

10.Biggest Augmented Reality stunt in the world*by most popular i mean most clicked on and not most RT'ed etc

2.    Exclusive first pics of Sean FitzPatrick being arested at his home this morning    85 Clicks

The Twike

I love it when Twitter and the real world converge in unexpected and quirky ways. Latest one that tweeked my interest was The Twike, the Tweeting bike brought to you by the good guys over at the Chance Collective as part of London’s EAST Festival taking place between 4-11 March this year.

"The bike will be fitted with a mobile which is programmed to tweet out messages when it comes within range of key areas of the festival, encouraging people to not only follow the bike online but also offline around the festival; there will also be a google maps mashup which shows the path of the bike through East London."

Not sure if it will deliver on its brief of "to encourage and aid interaction with the social media channels for the event." but its sure to generate some buzz and chatter online and to be fair its made me aware of a festival i wouldn't have otherwise come across.

You can follow the festival twitter profile @eastfestival or see more pics of the Twike over on Flickr.

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