Cornwall Social Media Café Meeting: 25th May 2010, Vertigo

Hi everyone, better late than never: a quick post to let you know that the May meeting of the Cornwall Social Media Café will take place tomorrow from 6.30pm at the Vertigo Bar in Truro (see map).

This month’s meeting will be an informal networking session where members old and new can catch up, discuss ideas and meet new people from Cornwall’s business, media, academic and public sector communities.

If you’ve never been to a CSMC meeting before please do feel free to come along – it’s open to anyone in Cornwall who has an interest in social media, whether for work, study or play. We tend to intersperse informal sessions like tomorrow’s with more structured events with an expert speaker – such as last month’s excellent guest lecture at University College Falmouth by Jon Morter, the man who founded the Facebook movement to get Rage Against the Machine to the 2009 Christmas no. 1 (and succeeded).

Membership is free and meetings are free (unless it’s something special that we need to charge for), so what are you waiting for? CSMC membership is expanding all the time and you’re bound to meet someone interesting, intriguing or inspiring – hopefully all three!

For more information about CSMC you can join our Facebook or LinkedIn groups, follow @cornwallsmc on Twitter or follow co-organisers Aren Grimshaw, Laura McKay and Fiona Campbell-Howes directly.

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow night!


Lecture: How Rage Against The Machine Got to Xmas No. 1

How I Got Rage Aainst the Machine to UK Christmas No. 1, by Jon Morter
6pm – 8pm, Wednesday 28th April 2010
Chapel Lecture Theatre, Tremough Campus, University College Falmouth (map)
Information and Free Tickets

It was “one of the biggest shocks in chart history,” according to the BBC. Simon Cowell called it “stupid”. The Christmas no. 1 record for 2009 was not – as had been predicted – another product of the X-Factor but the 1990s anti-establishment anthem ‘Killing In The Name” by LA rockers Rage Against the Machine.

This achievement was down to the power of Facebook and the imagination and initiative of a man called Jon Morter. In an exclusive guest lecture at University College Falmouth on 28th April, Jon will explain how he came up with the idea, how he put the campaign together, how he promoted it on Facebook and how it built momentum until it crossed into the mainstream media and achieved its goal of getting RATM to the Christmas no. 1, raising over £100,000 for Shelter in the process.

This lecture will be hosted by University College Falmouth in conjunction with The Hub and Cornwall Social Media Café. It is FREE to attend thanks to the generous sponsorship of University College Falmouth’s School of Media and local businesses UKNetWeb, Tonick Media, Niddocks Internet Marketing and Mail Away.

Tickets will become available in mid April through an online ticket system. Notification of the date and time will be made through the Facebook event page. All Facebook attendees of this event will also be messaged.

There is already strong interest in this lecture and places are necessarily limited – so if you want to come along make sure you keep an eye on the Facebook page or register your attendance to receive notification of ticket availability. We’ll also let you know here and on the CSMC Twitter feed @cornwallsmc.

The event will begin at 6pm for 6.30pm and finish around 8pm. There will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end. If you have a question you know you would like to ask, please post it on the Facebook event page wall.

On behalf of the Cornwall Social Media Café I look forward to seeing many of you on the 28th for what promises to be a great lecture and a very interesting case study in how to run a successful grassroots social media campaign. Our thanks go to Toby Parkins of UKnetweb for inviting Jon to Cornwall and making this lecture happen!

For those of you who can’t make it on the 28th, our video partners Sideways Cornwall will be filming the event for later broadcast.

Join us at Cornwall Twestival on 25th March 2010

A quick note to CSMC members old, new and prospective – just to let you know that there will be no regular CSMC meet this month.

Instead, we’d love to see you all at Cornwall Twestival Global 2010, taking place next Thursday 25th March at Vertigo in Truro, from 7pm to midnight.

See the cream of Cornwall’s music scene

We’ve lined up a fantastic evening’s entertainment with live music from some of Cornwall’s finest bands and singer/songwriters:

The Hitchcock Rules
Sophie Stokes
Jessica Sweetman
Sam Powell

Not only that but there are also some fabulous prizes up for grabs in our raffle and silent auction – including the chance to read the weather live on Pirate FM!

Every penny goes to Concern Worldwide

Best of all, you’ll be participating in a global event with a very worthy aim: to raise as much money as possible for Concern Worldwide, an international humanitarian charity dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults in some of the world’s poorest countries.

Every penny raised from Cornwall Twestival ticket sales and donations on the night will go to Concern to fund initiatives that will bring education to some of the world’s 72 million children who are not currently enrolled in school.

Limited tickets still available!

Tickets cost just £10 and are ONLY available in advance – you won’t be able to buy them on the door. They’re in short supply too, so get yours while you still can! Click here to buy Cornwall Twestival tickets.

On behalf of the CSMC, Aren, Laura and I hope to see as many of you there as possible!

Happy New Year and CSMC Update

A slightly belated Happy New Year to all CSMC members and friends! We hope you all had a great Christmas and that the return to work/college hasn’t been too much of a shock to the system.

This is just a quick post to let you know that due to the festive period and people being busy back at work there won’t be a meeting in January, but we’re already planning our first meet of the year which will take place next month. Watch this blog, join our Facebook or LinkedIn groups or follow @cornwallsmc on Twitter for details.

In the meantime, you may be interested in signing up to help out with organising Cornwall’s second Twestival Global event, scheduled for Thursday March 25th 2010.

Once again Aren Grimshaw is taking the lead on co-ordinating what’s turning out to be a very successful series of fundraising – and fun – events for Cornwall’s ever-expanding social media community. If you’re interested in getting involved, or if you have any questions about Twestival, you can email Aren or tweet him at his Twitter account.

Looking forward to seeing members old and new in February to kick off CSMC in 2010 – full details available soon!

Review of CSMC November Meet

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!