Last night was the second London Net Tuesday event and another success for the local nptech community to share ideas, ask questions and learn together.  This month, we took a different approach – instead of focusing in on one tools or story, we had a Social Media Exchange to celebrate the festive time of year.  Here’s how it worked:

(Video by David Wilcox after the event.)

Social Media Exchange

How it worked:
The room (which was a round cafe with an upstairs) was set up with four designated sections downstairs and two upstairs.  These topic areas were marked by labels on the wall and included:

  • blogs & Twitter
  • photos / Flickr
  • voting & e-democracy
  • tagging & social bookmarking
  • social networks & communities
  • videos / YouTube

Everyone was given a game board of sorts to fill in while filtering throughout the room.  For 45 minutes, participants were able to move from section to section and join in or start conversations with others in that topic area.  The game board had prompts for notes and questions including:

  • Best example of tool in use
  • Best lessons learned
  • How to evaluate for success
  • New idea for my organization
  • New contact for questions/ideas

The participants in the Social Media Exchange had a chance to:
– hear about examples of social media in use
– get new ideas and contacts
– share their stories, lessons, and ideas
– have fun!

Collaborative Roundup

After the free exchange period, the group came together for a roundup of the conversations and ideas.  I had a piece of paper on the wall for each of the six topic areas and the group supplied examples of organizations, events, conferences or individuals using each tool to be captured on the paper.  We also discussed lessons learned and things to keep in mind.  This gave people who hadn’t made it to one of the topic areas a chance to gain some of the key take-aways and ask questions.

You can see photos of the 6 collaborative roundup sheets on the London Net Tuesday meetup group!

Have you participated in a similar exchange event? What did you like most/least about it?

Were you at London Net Tuesday last night? What were some of the best conversations or ideas you went home with?

London Net Tuesday – Social Media Exchange December
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  • Thanks for an informative, enjoyable and useful meeting. So nice to be amongst a knowledgeable group of people who are so generous with their insights as well as suggestions. Look forward to participating again when in town.

  • Thanks for coming last night, Lori! It was great to have you and I hope you had a good time. The conversations really never stop so I look forward to hearing more from you!

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  • I can’t tell you how much I’d loved to have been there. It sounds like you had a great productive meetup.

    Thank you for informing us “far-awayers” via your blog though, it’s most appreciated!

  • Thanks, David – Would have loved to have you! Next time you’re in London, be sure it’s the first Tuesday of the month 🙂