lolcow by Hawk Mom Productions. Victoria Fringe 2017. An interview with Robbie Huebner.

lolcow by Hawk Mom Productions. Victoria Fringe 2017. An interview with Robbie Huebner. Local playwright Robbie Huebner is the founder of Hawk Mom Productions.  Read on to find out more about his latest work (and third appearance at the Victoria Fringe). How long have you been producing work on the Fringe circuit?  As an artist/company? This is Hawk Mom’s third Fringe show, all of which have been performed exclusively in … [Read more...]

Five Hole For Food Victoria – help the Mustard Seed Food Bank – Friday July 19th 2013

Join the team from Five Hole for Food (FHFF), this Friday July 19th at Saanich Plaza from 2 to 6pm, as they play Canada’s favourite pastime – road hockey - and raise donations of food and cash for Victoria’s Mustard Seed Food Bank. I first became aware of Five Hole for Food, founded in Vancouver in 2010, through my online social media connections, and am happy to lend my support to their ongoing efforts to raise awareness of, and support … [Read more...]

Social Media Predictions for 2013 – where are we headed?

In late 2011, I was asked by Monday Magazine to provide my predictions for social media in 2012.  They are listed below.  I'm curious to know what you think - did I get it right?  What came out of left field that we weren't anticipating?  Where will we be headed in 2013?  I'd love to hear your comments about developments you've seen, and what you would predict for 2013. Monday only asked for my top five but there were definitely other trends I … [Read more...]

Why is YOUR business using social media?

In 2012, social media is ubiquitous.  Many consumers count on the recommendations of their friends for their purchasing decisions. I'm no different.  For this first day of the year, we were on a mission - a walk at Island View Beach, followed by nachos.  I did what I often do - sent out a request via Twitter.  This is the result. View the story "Why is YOUR business using social media?" on Storify] … [Read more...]

Word Camp Victoria 2012 Presentation: disclosures, attribution and copyright

I’m excited to be presenting, with Brenda Johima,  at WordCamp 2012 on the topic of: disclosures, attribution and copyright. In the ever evolving realm of social media and the internet, content is created and shared. Now that we’re blogging, how do we credit the original creator? Do we have the right to use the image or written copy? Does our audience really need to know if we are paid to write a post, or received free tickets … [Read more...]

Government Social Media Policy – Victoria (Australia)

Thanks to Kris Constable for the link to a YouTube video for staff of the Department of Justice - Victoria (Australia). The video outlines the organization's social media policy. Have you, as a member of the public, seen other government departments that have clearly laid out their social media policies?  Is it a good idea? I'm presenting a "The Path Towards Increased Government Engagement, A Citizen’s View of Social Media" at the Advanced … [Read more...]

Social Media and Friendship

From Flickr: Photo of Raul Pacheco (aka Hummingbird604) and Janis La Couvée at WordCampVictoria May 2010 Whenever people ask me about the return on investment (ROI) of social media, particularly as it pertains to me personally, I'm left at a loss for words. I've had individuals say "I'm not looking to expand my social circles, so social media is a waste of time for me". Fair enough! That was not my case. Widowed in 2001, with children … [Read more...]

MISA BC April 28 -29 Nanaimo BC

I've made some amazing connections since signing up for Twitter on April 8 2009. These connections happen with incredible synchronicity, and leap-frogging.  Thus it was for Jason Birch and I. Jason works in IT for the City of Nanaimo, his spouse is francophone - this was actually our first "linkage". We share a passion for community, and for "open".  Jason invited me to speak to the spring MISA BC (Municipal Information Systems Association of … [Read more...]

Social Media Year in Review – December 2010 Victoria BC

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 … [Read more...]

Social Media Year in Review – Victoria BC 2010

At the end of 2009, Social Media Club Victoria was 9 months old, most traditional media in Victoria did not yet have a social media presence, and the only regularly scheduled tweetup was the am #Victoriatweetup held the 2nd Thursday and 4th Wednesday of the month at Cabin 12. Social media successes for 2009 included Twestival Victoria (September), WordCamp (November), Johnson Street and presentations by Raul Pacheco, Lorraine … [Read more...]