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Social Media Year in Review – December 2010 Victoria BC

December 31, 2010

Traditionally December would be a month of planning holiday celebrations! Not for the Victoria social media community. Janine Theobald  came to Social Media Camp and Club, and was inspired to create the #twamper drive   and tweetup  held December 17th at Cabin 12 . Two families were assisted through these efforts.

Earlier in the month Alan Smith organized a Victoria event for Help Portrait, providing free portraits for Victoria families and individuals who might be otherwise unable to have a professional portrait. More than 30 photographers and volunteers provided 148 sessions. Help Portrait 2011 is December 3rd. Become part of the Help Portrait Victoria community here:

On the same day, Herb Lainchbury  rallied over 30 geeks for International Open Data Hachathon Day locally. There are now plans to hold montly hackathons with the first scheduled for January 22nd. Contact Herb for more details. Anyone (not just geeks) interested in open data can attend.

Victoria’s inaugural Figgy Pudding Carolling Competition was also December 4th. It all started with a tweet, and soon @JanineAnnT @VIHippieChick @jagamer and @lacouvee were forming a group “The Tweets”.    It was so much fun, there are now plans for a much larger “Twitter choir” next year.

TEDxVictoria hosted simulcasts at the University of Victoria for the first TED Women  Congratulations to organizer Sherry Moir for the very first TED event in Victoria.

TEDxJuandeFuca has plans for another TEDx event in April 2011.

The year ended in a flurry of tweetups #victoriatweetup (breakfast, WestShore, High Noon Hump Day, #U30 ladies, ladies, gents) and one final Social Media Club “Holiday Open Mic”.  See Mike Vardy’s “The Twelve Days of Christmas: Social Media Remix”.

Words can never convey my huge debt of gratitude to everyone involved in making this a simply amazing year. 2010 will be remembered as the year social media came into its own in Victoria. Each and every one of you played a HUGE part.

I’m sure I’ve forgotten people and events that need to be remembered – it’s not intentional. Please let me know.

Happy New Year! Here’s to a fabulous 2011.

There is much to look forward to – Word Camp Victoria January 22nd, Frans Jonker and my wedding tweetup/meetup February 17th, IdeaWave February 26th & 27th, Twestival Victoria March 24th, TEDxJuandeFuca in April, Social Media Camp June 3rd and 4th, as well as regular Social Media Club Victoria meetings (3rd Monday of the month at the Victoria Event Centre) and many a #victoriatweetup.



Social Media Year in Review – November 2010 Victoria BC

December 31, 2010

It’s no secret that I enjoy fine craft beer, in particular Hermann’s from Vancouver Island Brewery. It was a pleasant surprise to be invited to the Hermannator launch November 1st.

Doug Brown, agency manager of Copeland Communications, brought Jay Baer, author (with Amber Naslund) of the well respected blog “Convince and Convert”  to Victoria to speak. Then he graciously arranged for Jay to be the guest at a tweetup November 3rd at the Delta Ocean Pointe Resort and Spa . Jay returns (with Amber) as keynote speaker to Social Media Camp  in June 2011. Jay and Amber’s book, “The Now Revolution” is scheduled for release in February 2011.

Trish Caddy launched the Babes Go Bare 2011 Calendar in early November.
Open Gov West BC  brought together over 150 delegates- government employees, non profits, concerned citizens, and businesses- who work with any level of government.  I was a panelist with Chris Moore (City of Edmonton), Tara Ney (Oak Bay), and Ian Graeme (Prov of BC).

Most of the day was spent live tweeting the conference. The #ogwbc hashtag trended nationally!   Feeling a little out of my element, I had originally posted this:   but later learned that one of the participants (with a hearing impairment) was able to follow more closely because of my tweets.

Walter Schwabe @fusedlogic from Edmonton attended Open Gov West BC and met with the local Twitter community at our morning #victoriatweetup November 11th. Another long distance Twitter friendship culminating in a face-to-face meeting.

Both the “gents” and “ladies” managed to meet for tweetups in November.

Glenn Letham,  editor and founder of GIS User,presented to Social Media Club on “Geo-location technology and apps”. Glenn is recently back in Victoria after many years in the States, most recently in Fort Collins CO. He has great insight! Glenn is also a very talented photographer.

The Johnson Street Bridge referendum vote was held November 20th.

After meeting initially in early 2010 and discussing it, Jaryd Zinkewich  and I presented on “Generational Knowledge Transfer”   at Pecha Kucha Night 4

Social Media Year in Review – October 2010 Victoria BC

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Social Media Year in Review – August 2010 Victoria BC

December 31, 2010

For three years Frans Jonker reclaimed his fitness by biking. His introduction to most of the Victoria twitter community in July 2009 was through tweets about his rides. Originally he planned to cycle to Port Hardy as a personal challenge but people encouraged him to use it as an opportunity to raise funds for charity.

Thus, The Road to Port Hardy charity bike ride for the BC Cancer Foundation became reality. After a tweetup Aug 12th, Frans launched his ride August 16th, cycling 525km in 4 days and raising almost $10,000!

Photo:  Veloweb

Pecha Kucha Volume 3 August 12th focused on food.

Social Media Club’s August meeting featured Social Video  with Don Power , Daniel Barton and Cris Vleck.

photo by tpholmes

Carl Leone @VicCityParty who most of us met at Social Media Day, went to give blood in early August. That sparked the beginning of the #yyjbleeders tweetups (August 12th and October 23rd).

The next #yyjbleeders is Saturday January 15th. If you’ve never given blood before – why not make this a resolution for 2011? Please read the meetup description carefully.

Social Media Year in Review – July 2010 Victoria BC

December 31, 2010

Ideas Victoria was founded in 2007 by Kris Constable as a place for critical thinkers to meet and discuss their ideas. IdeaWave Conference July 10 & 11th was an offshoot of these meetings. 50 speakers for 10 minutes each over 2 days. Here’s my presentation “Set Theory and Human Relationships – The Importance of One”.  The next IdeaWave is scheduled for February 22 and 23rd I’ll be speaking on “Building Resilient Networks, Online and Off, in the 21st Century”

If you like ideas, don’t miss this conference!

In July Dan Parks and Sean Dhillon started the “High Noon Hump Day Tweetups” focussing on apps like Foursquare and others for iPhone and Android. Lunches take place at different restaurants in the Capital Region. Check for more details. The first meetup of 2011 is January 12th at AURA Restaurant

North Studio, Stikky Media, Vancouver Island Outdoor Adventure Expo and Birds of a Feather Bed and Breakfast hosted the 2nd Mashable Meetup July 29th. It was a lovely evening on Esquimalt Lagoon shared with friends old and new.   Thanks to FatDaddys BBQ for the fabulous eats too!
Photo: Stikky Media

The Social Media Club meeting July 27th was an “Un-Meeting” with great discussions facilitated by Melanie Wood of ACD Systems.

Social Media Year in Review – June 2010 Victoria BC

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Social Media Year in Review – May 2010 Victoria BC

December 31, 2010

Paul Holmes organized a second WordCamp May15th.  Attendance at both has been over 100 each time.

Don’t miss the third WordCamp Saturday January 22nd. Registration costs are modest, and the speaker line-up  includes options for beginners, advanced and technical users. I’ll be moderating a blogger panel with Rebecca Bollwitt (Miss 604), Mike Vardy (Eventualism) and Lorraine Murphy (Raincoaster) and speaking on “Promoting Through Blogging”.

Pecha Kucha Night volume 2 was held on May 27th. Speakers included Ben Ziegler and Karen Rivers.

from The Vancouverite

May 25th @RealReporter Salim Jiwa spoke to Social Media Club on “Trends In Journalism Today & The Impact of Social Media”. Here’s some thoughts from one of the attendees, Yule Heibel.

photo from youcookca

Kudos to the Fairmont Empress and Inn at Laurel Point for innovative marketing. May 12th saw the inaugural #poutineoff on the lawns of the Empress Hotel. Judges, sourced via Twitter, were @cqwww @toots11 @flygirlWS @seedtocup @lacouvee @EATmagazine @TravelWithTaste @youcookca. Mayor Dean Fortin was the MC. Fairmont Empress Chef Ito’s “Tiger Poutine” was narrowly declared the winner.

photo from youcookca

Social Media Year in Review – April 2010 Victoria BC

December 31, 2010

Rod Cooper organized BC Social Media Summit April 7th as a fundraiser for his participation in The Ride To Conquer Cancer . Speakers included Chris Burdge, Rod Phillips, Tracy McAllister, Paul Holmes, Terri Davies, Rob Cooper, Ross Dunn, Janis La Couvée. My presentation “Building a Brand, Lessons Learned from Twestival Victoria” is here.



Evening tweetups continued sporadically. We met at the Bard and Banker on April 17th for a great evening out.  

April 14th also marked the beginning of the very successful “gents #victoriatweetup” organized by Frans Jonker. These continue on a regular monthly basis. Contact Frans for more details.

April’s Social Media Club meeting topic was “Traditional Media Meets Social Media” with participation from Deborah Wilson (CBC), Dana Hutchings (CHEK News), Bryan Capistrano (the Q! and the Zone), Amanda Farrell (Monday Magazine) and Sarah Petrescu (Times Colonist). The discussion and debate were lively! Here are Yule Heibel’s original and follow up posts. Did you attend? What did you think?

Social Media Year in Review – March 2010 Victoria BC

December 31, 2010

Babes Go Bare For Cancer  had a scheduled Head Shave and silent auction March 6th and, on a whim, the week before, I tweeted that I would shave my head if I could raise $1000. Guess what? 

Babes Go Bare was founded by Trish Caddy in the fall of 2009. She connected with the local social media community for much of her sponsorship. Total fundraising efforts for the 2010 calendar were $19,000. The 2011 calendar features many “babes and blokes” from the local Twitter community. Please consider donating or purchasing a calendar. Here’s why I decided to become a model.

Chris Causton announced his Liberal Party of Canada candidacy at an “un-press” conference and invited local social media enthusiasts and supporters.

“Recognizing the role online media plays in local news and opinion, this event is an opportunity for bloggers, online citizen and professional journalists, and social media enthusiasts to meet Christopher. Video cameras are welcome!”.


Twestival Victoria  returned March 25th and raised over $8000 for Concern Worldwide. Victoria was the 8th city worldwide (per capita) and the 16th in total funds. Thanks to an amazing @yyjtwestival organizing committee, and Twitter community! To date we have raised over $13,000 in two events for Victoria based Power To Be Adventure Therapy Society  (September 2009) and Concern (March 2010).

Stay tuned for another Twestival Victoria local March 24th 2011.

Social Media Year in Review, January 2010 Victoria BC

December 31, 2010

The year began January 2nd with a movie #victoriatweetup . Cindy Stephenson looked down the row of people and said “a year ago I didn’t know one of these ppl”. It’s the power of Twitter. (I met Frans Jonker at that tweetup!).

Although it took until the fall of 2010 for them to become regular, the first WestShore tweetup was January 8th.

Social Media Club Victoria continued to attract powerful international speakers. Julien Smith, co-author with Chris Brogan of “Trust Agents, brought his unique style to Victoria for a presentation on January 20th.  (And returned for Social Media Camp in October – we were lucky!!)

The Blue Bridge counter petition successfully met it’s goal. Organizers Ross Crockford, Yule Heibel and Mat Wright used social media extensively to rally supporters, petition signers, and media attention through Johnson Street

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