Glasgow TeaCamp

Glasgow TeaCamp

Here’s a link to a Storify of the first #westeacamp

Was a great event, hope to build on this and make it a regular occurrence! See you at the next one…


TeaCamp next week!

After the previous post garnered some interest, I’ve gone ahead and done it! The inaugural Glasgow TeaCamp is next Thursday (9th May) in CitizenM!

I’ve got us a lovely space in one of the Living Rooms, it’s near the canteen so we can have tea, coffee or food as desired. The space will be reserved for us from 2pm til 4:30pm and it’s got a mixture of sofas and stools with tables and a big TV! Also iMacs and free wi-fi access 🙂

60 Renfrew Street, (corner of Hope Street)
Glasgow, Scotland, G2 3BW

RSVP below so I can have a rough idea of the numbers…

Suggestions for a topic of discussion or should we leave this until the day?

TeaCamp out west

Inspired by the original London event, HighTeaCamp has been going great guns in Edinburgh for almost a year now. Tired of looking on enviously at the great things going on in Edinburgh, we’ve decided to start up a sister event in Glasgow!

For those who don’t already know, TeaCamp is an opportunity for people working in digital comms to get together and talk about the issues they face. It’s a great opportunity to share knowledge, find solutions, make contacts in your field and come up with great ideas for moving things forward. Ours will focus on the public sector so if you work in digital for local or central government, an NDPB or any other connected organisation, this is for you!

Plans are still at an early stage, but I’m thinking CitizenM on Thursday 9th of May would be a good place to start. Who’s with me? Please get in touch if you’re interested in attending or helping to organise.

You might think that, I couldn’t possibly comment!

ImageOur departmental Yammer group drew my attention to an interesting article from last week’s Scotsman…apparently, Edinburgh City Council are facing a battle with the unions over their social media code of conduct. Sources in the article claim that the code, which limits what staff are allowed to say even while not at work, contravenes the European Convention of Human Rights in its assersion that staff cannot post “any comments or information that may undermine public confidence in the council, or act in any way that may bring the council into disrepute.”

The article has attracted quite a few comments as you can imagine, varying from sympathetic to outright hostility (towards both sides!). It seems that few topics divide public opinion these days more than public servants and social media!

All of us need to be careful what we say out there on public portals, and this is especially important when you work for the government – as Paris Brown found out to her cost recently. But with our government seeking to opt out of the new European “right to be forgotten” laws, how much should we be held accountable for past conversations or attitudes? What happens if your account is hacked? How much damage can a drunken post cause your career years down the line?

What do you think?

Joined-up thinking

Joined-up thinkingHow often are you frustrated by the incompatibility of IT systems? It feels like I’m being thwarted at least 5 times a day…this website no longer works on Internet Explorer 7 (along with just about every other social media site out there just now). In order to write this post in work, I’m having to proxy on to a server 50 miles away! At home I use a tablet for most of my browsing and I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve given up on a site that wouldn’t work properly on my Dolphin browser – either by making it crash or through incompatible form fields. Mobile phone browsing is equally frustrating, often having to choose between a compromised mobile version with less functionality and squinting at tiny text on the full version of the site to get where I want to go.

Most people aren’t interested in the difficulties of making information compatible across different platforms – they just expect to be able to access it. Although your Google Analytics might show that 70% of your users use an up-to-date version of IE or Firefox on a desktop PC, you ignore that remaining 30% at your peril. As the world gets more connected, users need to be able to access the web – regardless of whether they’re using a state-of-the-art workstation, an iPad Mini or a games console!

We’ve been in talks over revamping our site design over the last few weeks and the design company told me they now build each website assuming the majority of users will be using tablet devices – not because this is the case just now, but because that’s how things are predicted to pan out in the future. If that means saying goodbye to mouse rollover effects, Flash animations and larger screen sizes then so be it – it will be a price worth paying for interoperability and your users will thank you for it.