Category Archives: Twitter

HR Tweet Up #connectingHR

Yesterday’s HR Tweet Up at the Square Pig in London was a palpable hit – a diverse, talkative bunch of people with plenty of interesting stuff to share.

A Tweet Up is where people you’ve mostly been in contact with virtually (typically on Twitter) get together to see what each other looks like, and learn how much drink they can handle. Organisers Jon Ingham and Gareth Jones did a great job of pulling together 100 registrations – and getting a 60-70% turn up. For a free event that’s very good – although the generously sponsored bar probably helped.

It’s always great to meet new people, share ideas and maybe learn something new about what they do. I’ve been following Martin Couzins on Twitter for a bit, for example, but wasn’t aware what exciting things he’s been doing for over a year with Yammer and some informal learning events he calls ‘elevenses’ at Reed.

For further reactions to the event (all very positive) see:

  • Callum Saunders (Key insight: Social Media is NOTHING without people)
  • Mike Morrison (Overheard: “I expected it to be a room full of people on laptops and geeks, but these are real people!”
  • Jon Ingham (who has all the photos of the event) 
  • Gareth Jones (Revelation: Twitter creates a whole new dynamic around bringing people together)

And a big welcome to Sean Miller who after attending the event is now on Twitter!

The next Tweet Up will be on 24th June. If the first is anything to go by, it will be a tremendous success.

(And for the event Twitter stream, just search for #ConnectingHR)

Learning 3 – what are the key competencies for learning professionals?

On Friday I attended the Learning 3 symposium at the British Museum in London along with Jane Hart, Laura Overton and a crowd of others, mostly from the UK Further and Higher Education sectors.

Here’s a picture of me at the event producing a 30-second series of sound bites on what the future of Learning and Development needs  (the picture links to a video on the Learning 3 Ning site).

What our hosts LLUK (and particularly Briony Taylor) wanted to stimulate was a dialog around this question:

      What are the skills and competencies needed by the lifelong learning sector now?

During the day I put out a quick Twitter poll on this, as it seemed odd to be discussing Learning 3 in a room without pulling in the wider learning community. Jane Hart did the same.

The learning Twittersphere was engaged: we generated quite a few replies….

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Thoughts on Learning Technologies 2010 (#LT10uk): how social media prolong, deepen events

Learning Technologies 2010Well, it’s over.

Just about.

I mean in the old days, you finished the conference and everyone went back to work and that was it for another year.

These days, everything has changed.

This year, more than ever, it’s clear that social networking means a conference lasts much longer than just the face-to-face couple of days.

That makes it a richer experience. It also makes it more demanding, and gives cause for greater reflection than ever before.

So we salute the army of Tweeters and bloggers that discussed #LT10uk before, during and after the event ….

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Education department reshuffle: DIUS goes into DBIS

As part of last week’s cabinet re-shuffle, the department responsible for the UK’s skills was once again re-shuffled. As Number 10 put it:

The Government has today created a new Department for Business, Innovation and Skills whose key role will be to build Britain’s capabilities to compete in the global economy. The Department will be created by merging BERR and DIUS.

Hhm … that will be the same government that created DIUS (the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills) two years ago at a reported cost of £7m.

Nobody’s fooled by the ‘merger’ talk. BERR is the dominant party here. The result: universities in particular are up in arms about the supposed subsidiary role that universities are now supposed to play to business. At least, that’s the view of the Guardian’s excellent Polly Curtis, according to her minute-by-minute posting of the day’s events last Friday.

Actually this is both a good move and a bad move, but not for the reasons that universities are apparently complaining about.

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Tweet of the Week

There’s a lot of odd stuff on Twitter, but having been playing with it for a few months it seems like I’ve got in the groove finally and this week have seen some good stuff coming by.

What was the best of it? A close second was the revelation that Twitter was invented in 1935: and they had a business model! (hjarche retweeting @zecool @eogez).

But the coveted Tweet of the Week award goes to moehlert (retweeting @stoweboyd) for The Cult Of Done!. If you’re struggling to get anything done, visit the Cult for inspiration. 

The Cult of Done showed me something. Beyond the the usual moaning about planes and trains, those vital updates on people’s dining habits and a welter of excited tips on Twitter tools, something happened this week. Twitter acted as an accelerator of distribution. The Cult of Done has generated 72 comments in under 48 hours. I reckon that’s mostly on the back of re-tweeting.

If your idea goes viral on Twitter, expect some decent traffic.

How long before corporate marketing gets on the bandwagon?