Social media cafe roundup – April 2010

Cross-posted from the Social Media Manchester network on Ning.

The last social media cafe on the theme of hyperlocal resulted in a couple of interesting blog posts which I thought I’d link to here. If you see anything else, drop us a note in the comments.
Adrian Slatcher wrote for the Mancunian Way:
“In an age when not only the city-wide newspaper, but the district or very local paper is close to extinction, more and more people are looking at the web as way to deliver the kind of area-focused service that many of us still have an interest in.”
Rick Gutteridge wrote for Smoking Gun PR’s blog and concluded:
“With local newspapers shrinking and ITV local news set to be scrapped in its current format by 2013, PR’s better keep abreast of hyperlocal channels if they want to keep their clients connected to local communities.”
Thanks to both for blogging their respective roundups.
Thanks also to our guest speaker, Chris Taggart from Openly Local who amongst other things talked about the Open Election Project. His slides are on Slideshare.
Also, following the event, we’d really appreciate your feedback. We’ve put together a short form, which should take less than 5 minutes to fill out. Have a go and let us know how we can keep improving the event as the community develops.
Finally, as regulars will know, we were asking for donations for the first time, to cover some of the costs of having a guest speaker. I wanted to thank everyone who donated. On this occasion, we raised £32 from a range of donors, with an average donation of over £5 each. Thanks to all who donated; we hope you found the event valuable.
See you next month!