Tag: social media

Mar 03 2014

A survey rant

“We need to do some PR but we need something new to talk about – I know, let’s do a survey!” … “I have a dissertation to do – I know, I’ll do a survey!” In 1993 I was awarded a PhD following a long period of (self-funded) research, fieldwork, analysis and thesis-writing. The fieldwork …

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Feb 17 2014

Capitalise on CAPSIG

As the new chair of CAPSIG, I want to build bridges (sic) with other groups interested in industry communication. Last Thursday, I was elected the new chair of the CIPR’s Construction and Property Special Interest Group at a short annual general meeting at London’s Building Centre The CAPSIG AGM preceded a debate on what industry …

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Feb 06 2014

Sad that Slidecast will slide into oblivion

slideshare

I recently received an email from social slide-sharing service SlideShare with sad news: Slidecast to be discontinued. It says: We launched Slidecast in 2007 to allow users to pair audio with their slides. While we have seen some great Slidecasts created, usage hasn’t been as widespread as we had hoped, and we have decided to …

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Jan 28 2014

Free Building Regs anyone?

SpecifiedBy new logo

Some 13 years ago, when I was at construction collaboration technology provider BIW Technologies (today Conject), the company formed a partnership with TSO (The Stationery Office, the privatised enterprise that was formerly Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, HMSO) to provide online access to building regulations information. At the time, as a tax-payer, I remember thinking that …

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Jan 21 2014

Architecture communities: new and renewed

Archilovers logo

Having been involved in various on- and off-line construction communities and networks over the years, I got a well-targeted news release about a worldwide social network for architects and designers. Archilovers.com, it says, has over 900,000 registered users, and is opening a new cluster in London, operating from Impact Hub King Cross, part of a global network …

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Dec 18 2013

Engaging with Wikipedia

Last week I delivered another webinar for the Chartered Institute of Public Relations on the subject of Wikipedia (following one I’d done in September). As usual, I updated my slides but not just to update the statistics I quote – I also included an example of best practice engagement with Wikipedians. Chime The CIPR Wikipedia …

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Sep 18 2013

Designing Buildings in running for a Be2Award

It has been a busy few weeks for Designing Buildings, the free construction-specific “expert wiki” which celebrated its first anniversary at the end of June. Earlier this month, the website announced new functionality which made it easier for people to create their user profile pages and to keep track of all their contributions to Designing Buildings. …

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Sep 06 2013

Tweet @ConstructionEnq? Don’t bother

Construction Enquirer Wordle

Regular readers of this blog will know of my admiration for the online news provider Construction Enquirer and also my occasional criticism of their social media efforts. I admit these criticisms tend to be the moans of a social media purist who regards Twitter as a place for people to have conversations online, but I …

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Aug 23 2013

Raising civil engineering awareness via Wikipedia

A Wikipedia ‘Editathon’ at the Insitution of Civil Engineers aimed to encourage use of Wikipedia to raise awareness of the art and science of civil engineering. Last month, I helped organise a Wikipedia Editathon at the Insitution of Civil Engineers in London. The event was the latest initiative of the ICE’s Information Systems Panel (of …

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Aug 22 2013

2013 BE2Awards – nominations open!

The 2013 Be2Awards and Be2Talks are on 25 September 2013. Tweet, blog, email – help spread the word. Nominate, vote – join in. Or sponsor! It’s that time of year again. In August last year, I wrote about the second running of the Be2awards: the world’s first awards for social media in the built environment (which …

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