Around 20 people braved the stormy weather on Monday to attend the November meeting of the Cornwall Social Media Café at Vertigo in Truro.
In contrast with recent meetings this one was purely social, and a chance to catch up with existing CSMC friends and meet new people with a shared interest in social media.
Vertigo’s upstairs ‘Pink Room’ played host to a lively gathering of social web aficionados from around the county, ranging from students, lecturers, photographers and journalists to web developers, marketing and PR professionals and local government officers.
With a nice mix of familiar faces and new members, there was a great buzz in the room as people got to know each other and discussed ideas, projects and potential collaborations.
During a conversation with Peter Delaunay, lecturer in Media Advertising at Truro College, for example, my Radix Communications colleague Tim Warren and I were invited to come and give some professional copywriting advice to second-year students working on a direct mail project; a great example of how CSMC is helping to forge connections between Cornwall’s business and academic communities.
Visit to London Tuttle?
CSMC was founded by Aren Grimshaw and Laura McKay earlier this year, inspired by the original Social Media Café, or Tuttle Club, founded in London by Lloyd Davis in 2006. Last month Lloyd visited UCF in Penryn and gave a talk to CSMC members about the history of the Tuttle Club and its current activities.
At Monday’s CSMC, Aren floated the idea that CSMC members should reciprocate by hiring a bus and paying a visit to the London Tuttle Club at one of its regular Friday morning meetings.
This sounds like a lot of fun as well as a chance to meet some of the great and good of the London social media scene, many of whom we already know and/or follow online. We’d love to hear your thoughts – is this something you’d be interested in doing? Let us know in the comments.
Next meeting tbc
The next meeting of CSMC is likely to be a pre-Christmas social session, very probably at Vertigo once again. Look out for details on this blog, on our Facebook or LinkedIn groups, or by following @cornwallsmc or the hashtag #csmc on Twitter.
Many thanks to everyone who came along on Monday, it was great to see you!