I shared a few handy tips for using social media in general – and HootSuite specifically – for events including using lists, tracking hashtags, geo-location and so on.
Shortly after my “Crowd Sourcing Community Projects Like Tom Sawyer” spiel at SXSW 2012, i sat for a quick interview with Brown Paper Tickets who are providing a remarkable service for bands and fans. I talk about building community with events online and through social media.
This profile was published in Vancouver Tourism’s Inside Vancouver blog on Dec. 14th ias: This Week’s Featured Vancouverite: Dave Thorvald Olson with photo by Kris Krug
I grew up in Whalley, and now live in Lynn Valley, but have done a lot of worldwide traveling in between.
How long have you been a Vancouverite?
On and off since I was 4 years old, and I’m 40 now.
Favourite place in the city:
The Varley Trail named after the Group of Seven painter and WW1 battlefield artist Frederick Varley—it’s a short loop through in the rainy woods near my house—you can extend around Rice Lake to see remnants of early logging culture along rushing river dotted with memorials to loved ones.
Best way to spend a Saturday in the city:
Sleep in, then dim sum in Chinatown at New Town or Floata. Find a street festival on Miss604’s blog or in the Georgia Straight, roll there by transit and dig the music and snacks. Seabus to Lonsdale Quay and either pitch and putt golf at Murdo Frazer or Ambleside, or stroll across the Lynn Canyon suspension bridge. Head back by bus through Stanley Park for Kintaro ramen on Denman Street, have a quick nap, regroup at New Amsterdam Cafe, and head to a concert at Rickshaw, Malkin Bowl, or The Railway Club (depending on taste), then meander home smiling for sure.
Favourite Vancouver artist:
Dan Mangan—this singer-songwriter is everything good about Vancouver to me: understated, sincere, charming, and a wee bit scruffy. Catch him on the rise. See also: Geoff Berner and Jeremy Fisher.
Top insider tip for visitors:
Explore Vancouver’s counterculture history including sites where the Grateful Dead played free shows, Tommy Chong met Cheech, and Jimi Hendrix practiced guitar at his Granny’s house, as well as the site of the legendary punk club The Smilin’ Buddha or at the new Empire Field on the site where Beatles and Elvis both played. Oh yeah, the Museum of Vancouver is a hidden gem at Vanier Park.
Dave O and Roland Tanglao riff about social media conference and events while enjoying some Cantonese style grub. Topics include: Northern Voice, Open Web and other upcoming Social Media events.
Dave and Roland hang out in a Japanese cafe in Vancouver and discuss all the upcoming social media related events coming up including: SxSW (all 3 parts), and plans for podcasting, photographing, making Drupal and lounging.
Long weekend outing starting with a beer on Commercial Dr. and a fresh sack of stinky weed – with Herr Meister Funbov and Cousin Herb – before heading off to the Richmond Asian Night Market to sample okonomiyaki, bacon treats, bubble tea, cheap products, Chinese singing and discussing the uniting force of meat on sticks, then finishing the movable feast with a big joint with 4 kinds of kind bud at Trout Lake Park.
Tasty Asian Night Market Joint – Choogle on #53 (30:01, 24MB, .mp3)
Admitting my affection for the GoGos at the final night party of Gnomedex at Experience Music Project, I check in with Jay aka Cosmo G Spacely the Unabonger, Jacob from Arkansas and the lovely Dingo to recap the event whilst lounging at the bar.
* PT’s (of Make Magazine) rapid hardware hacks
* Ethan Kaplan’s (at the time at Warner Brothers) views on the music industry and REM stories
* Some disagreement between veterans including Dave Winer and some upstarts about the “way things should be done”
* Tara Hunt and Chris Messina (then of Citizen Media) and the advantage of keeping companies small (i.e. 80 10lb spider monkeys vs an 800lb gorillas)
* Werner Voegels (CTO of Amazon) introducing the concept of cloud storage and delivery
* The variety of companies here between big and small, and absent and here, including Yahoo, Google, Intel and the love of Flickr
* Meeting new friends including Jacob from Arkansas who shares a birthday with Cosmo
* Kum By Ya singing
* Dave Dederer (ex Presidents of the United States of America) jam session
* EMP’s Sci-Fi exhibit
* Props for Chris Pirillo