There’s been a kerfuffle today. An MP asked a campaigning group to remove his parliamentary email address from their system — and tried to remove his email address from other websites — because the deluge of automated email sent to him detracts from the important work responding to email from individual constituents.
The Birmingham social media surgery for voluntary and community groups is now one year old. Huzzah! The first surgery took place in October 2008 at the BVSC and since then has developed into something quite special.
It’s been almost a year since I first went to a social media surgery for voluntary and community groups in Birmingham. The surgeries are thriving and it’s great to see new surgeries sprouting in Lozells, Acocks Green and Solihull.
Yesterday I went to West by West Midlands 2 at the Spotted Dog in Digbeth, Birmingham. Hosted by Shona McQuillan, there were some planned talks plus, in the unconference style, off-the-cuff talks by attendees. If the number chosen by Shona’s random number generator thingy matched the number on your sticky lapel label, you stood up and gave an impromptu talk. My number 31 popped up and here is my attempt to describe what (I think) I talked about.