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What I Thought in Sweetgrass

“Where you going?” His first question. A little vague.

Well I’ll tell you. That’s a toughie. I wish I knew. Finish school, get a job, wife, kids, that sort of thing. Or maybe not. You know how it goes. It was just a thought. A logical answer to his question.

“Utah.” The reply.

“Where you been?” Another question. A thinking man’s question at that.

A whole load of places, Disneyland even. Remind me to tell you about this great little diner in Nebraska sometime. How about you? Religiously speaking, however, I couldn’t tell exactly. Too deep for me. Just another thought.

“Just up skiing in Banff.”

“How long were you out of the country?”

Long enough to spend every bit of our money, see the sights, take advantage of the 18 year old drinking age, lock the keys in the car, get three flat tires, get ripped off, be savagely humiliated, not to mention the headaches and general frustration.

Kind of a hellish trip all in all.

“Oh, about four or five days.”

“Four or five?”

Well, sorry, Mr. Picky. You writing a book? “Since Wednesday night.”

“What’s your purpose?”

Ah! There we go, the eternal question. Why the heck are we on this sphere anyhow? Tell you one thing though, I’m pretty damn sure my purpose isn’t the same as yours.

“Just four college boys taking off for Thanksgiving to go dig some scenery.”

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Social Media in Disasters and Revolutions ~ NXNE 2012 Spiel Artifacts

Overview: At NXNE 2012, Dave Olson discussed the democratization of communication and how civic/cultural changes are amplified despite attempts to thwart dissent. Practical examples of people spontaneously using these tools in emergency and disaster relief situations were highlighted, as well as the historical forebears of these methods.

Blurb: 

NXNE Disasters and Revolutions

From rallying citizens in Egypt and advocating for civil rights in Saudi Arabia and Libya, to natural disaster management in Japan and the USA, social media tools and tactics are used for critical endeavours beyond business marketing and personal expression. However, tools like Twitter and Facebook are often brushed off as non-essential or entertaining playthings by media and society despite the proven ability to spread critical messages rapidly.

We’ll discuss the democratization of communication and how civic/cultural changes are sparked and amplified despite attempts to thwart dissent. Plus, share practical situations where the tools were used spontaneously by citizens in disaster zones, as well as in emergency management and relief agencies in crisis mitigation strategies. Finally, by delving into historical examples, we’ll seek social media’s true fore-bearers for democratized, civic messaging.

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From Canada.com: HootSuite’s house of 100 owls

As a social media platform, Hootsuite has a front row-seat to the news of the world. When a natural disaster or social revolution takes place, users flood the service…other times, political unrest has presented Hootsuite with a sort of business Sophie’s Choice…“We need to be able to play both sides,” Olson says. “We have Occupy Wall Street using us on one side and major banks and organizations using us on the other.

Talking Social Business and Egyptian Revolution on Global TV

For my day-job, i shared some thoughts about the company’s role in the Egyptian revolution on Global TV – along with defraying some nonsensical rumour mongering about a guy in a hoodie buying a hotdog. I’d share more about this but if you really care, you’ll find it elsewhere.

From related video article from Global BC | Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg takes a bite out of Vancouver as speculation swirls (sic):

Meanwhile, rumours abound about what lured the 27-year-old to the Great White North.

Gossip hounds first suggested he could be here to pursue buying social media dashboard HootSuite — a rumour that was shot down in an Oct. 10 tweet by the Vancouver company’s CEO Ryan Holmes: “@facebook iosn’t buying @hottsuite anytime soon.”

Read it on Global News: Global BC | Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg takes a bite out of Vancouver as speculation swirls

NOTE: if the video was embeddable, i’d add it here ;(

Egyptian Revolution and Hootsuite in National Geographic Magazine

National Geographic collaborated with Hootsuite to share social media data around the Egyptian “Spring/Revolution” around Jan 25, 2011. They saw Hootsuite’s infographic and contacted me to share data to crate a unique infographic (below).

National Geographic Magazine – NGM.com