The problem with social media – there’s no cash to be made… so what?!!

So much has come from the last GovBarCamp in the UK public sector, believe you me – blimey, even DJ Collins from Google came to the last Heads of ecomms meeting. However, if we are to do it again – we need to do it better. The reasons I heard for why some people did not turn up were:

  • I did not know about it
  • It was a weekend and I could not leave the family

The first problem is easily solved, let’s give it a longer lead and a greater audience. The second is also exciting, bring the family. As I have shown here, people were interested in what my daughter had to say. This may not be appropriate for all of our proteges, they may be too young, our partners not so keen, but this is not insurmountable.

The problem with social media is that there is no money to be made, so people tend to off-set the value of their time spent at events against time with family or friends. But this then counts out some realy cool people that we know about – and some that we might not.

I propose a reconvene of the last BarCamp, in say October/November – somewhere where children and partners can come too and join in. A festival – with toilets.

Hopefully I will generate a small group of willing people here to help me move this on from a musing to a happening – but I think it has legs.

Let’s not forget that the kids we have are the future users of anything we try to change, and our other halves have more than a vested interest in what we are doing.

If we cannot make cash, let’s create a movement for change.

Seeking opinion on Twitter and Travel advice

I have recently had a conversation with the good people at the FCO about the travel advice service. This is just a discussion right now, hence me asking for some input. There is some appetite for ‘tweeting’ (updating you through Twitter) the latest status in each country covered. The idea being that you would follow fco.gov.uk/pakistan (for example) and find out whether there are any updates that you need to be aware of in that area. These updates could also be streamed by travel websites and mobile services.

In theory this sounds good, but as you know I am not exactly an expert on Twitter (although I am using it more and more each day). I am pretty sure this would be good but I have some concerns about:

1. Customer reach

2. Cost

3. Security

4. Editorial input

5. Value add for the FCO

Many thanks to Paul Caplan (theinternationale) who has already suggested using a lexicon to manage the content being tweeted.

I would appreciate any further advice/suggestion on this particular one as I believe that it would provide a v useful service… but I could be wrong!

Disclaimer (one day I will write a post with no disclaimer): I am not personally making any money out of this, I will point the people I am in discussion with to this conversation in true SM style