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The best made plans…

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Well, it’s been a rollercoaster ride over the past few weeks – with everything going according to plan and not according to plan at the same time!

As you may, by now, know, I have decided to leave the law and now have to say ‘non-practising solicitor’ a lot more than I ever had to say ‘solicitor’.  It may seem like an odd decision but to me, it wasn’t.  Before I entered law, I worked in politics (as distinct from being a politician) and did a lot of media, PR and marketing work.  Also, I have, since my parents bought our first computer (a Sinclair ZX81) and hooked it up to a small black and white telly may years ago, had a great interest in tech too.

Over the past few years, I’ve had more and more involvement in various campaigns including, more recently, ones like #sHamleys and behind the scenes during the General Election, have spent more and more time giving talks and training on social media and then, a few weeks ago, Klout added me to their list of Top UK social media influencers.  So, it felt a bit as if things had gone full circle and I was loving being back involved in PR.

I have been lucky enough to work with some brilliant clients and some brilliant lawyers in my time as a solicitor.  And I hope to work with them some more in the future on new projects.

But now is the time for a new challenge.

As well as heading up PR and Social Media at A D Holmes & Co in Topsham, I have also set up a PR and Digital Comms agency called Social:haus (actually it’s Social:haus Limited – just to keep the compliance fiends happy!).  The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of activity, putting into place everything from tech kit to strategies to plans to advertising to working with a great developer and a million and one other things as well as getting out and talking to new clients.

Oh and there’s a big online event coming up – details on the Social:haus site and follow @socialhaus over on the Twitter.

I had hoped to blog about this before now but it just hasn’t happened!  As soon as I come up for air, I will tell you more – and I’m also looking forward to getting my camera out as spring breaks across the Exe estuary. And there will be more audio too…

In the meantime, if you’re feeling the Comic Relief love, feel free to take a look at my #TwitRelief page over on eBay – ask a question, make a bid, spread the word, whatever you fancy! :)

Written by James

March 16th, 2011 at 10:44 am

Techtastic 2011? Please let it get better than Pushnote!

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Hasn’t it been an exciting few weeks in the land of tech?  First Quora hits a PR perfect storm despite being nothing more than a dreadfully self important Twitter wiki without the message length constraint (everybody wants to be first with something big because they missed Twitter – folks, Quora isn’t it!!) and now Twitter Lord, Stephen Fry, launches Pushnote (a start-up he has invested in).

Pushnote is the latest in the deluge of disappointment which is engulfing the web.  Pishnote is described as an extra ‘layer’ on the web where you can leave comments.  And other Pishnote users can comment on your comments.  Imagine the possibilities! *yawn*

I could literally go on Twitter, bring up Pishnote and comment on someone’s Tweet and then someone could comment on my comment to the Tweet and then… oh, wait a minute, I could just do that on Twitter!  Ok, how about on Facebook, someone could leave a comment and I could leave a Pishnote comment… no, that doesn’t work, I could just do that on Facebook. How about a blog? Nope – you can do that either directly or with a dozen other tools.

One idea that has been touted about is to use it to comment on news stories – notwithstanding that news pages are often dynamic and, in any case, many have their own comment apps already.

Other ‘great’ things about Pishnote are that the Twitter integration is flakey and the comments do not thread or add themselves in any sort of logical order (unless you have a sufficiently bad case of OCD that you think that comments should be arranged in alphabetical order by the first letter of the commenter’s name – rather than say, in the order they are posted!).

Pishnote is bad. Let’s make no mistake about it.  Stephen Fry has put some money in it and he was due to launch it today (although that hasn’t happened by the looks of it) – so it is is getting a great reaction from people who are trying to ingratiate themselves with the lovely cuddly polymath.  But a few hundred people wittering about how clever Stephen Fry not only does him no favours, it also does not guarantee the success of something that is quite this awful.

Possibly on some level it was a good idea.  Let’s give it that.  But the reality is that it is awful – bad UI, bad browser integration, bad comment organisation, just bad.

…actually, it’s a bad idea too.

Google Buzz looks like the mutt’s nuts next to this.

Written by James

January 13th, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Our new entrepreneur is… Kodjo! #KindaAngels

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Kodjo Agounde

Kodjo Agounde

Well, the poll was run and the results were overwhelming – 100% of the votes went to Kodjo Agounde.

Mr Agounde is a young entrepreneur aged 27. He is married and father of one child. He is an electrician by training has a small general electrical stall situated at the town roundabout.

His main line of work is general electrical work and rewiring.

With the loan that he has asked for, Monsieur Agounde is going to buy 25 electrical cables and other supplies to meet his clients needs.

Mr Agounde has big ambitions for the development of his business thanks to the loan that he hopes to get.

You can support him by making him a loan through LendWithCare – a microfinance scheme run by Care International.

KindaAngels is a voluntary project to bring together like minded people and support the LendWithCare cause.  KindaAngels help by lending money through LendWithCare and also using social media and traditional contact to encourage others to get involved.  Together, we have sponsored a number of individuals through LendWithCare including providing over half the money for one entrepreneur.  You can find out more by clicking on this link or by coming over to Twitter and asking questions of the KindaAngels team.  There is more KindaAngels news coming soon – you can subscribe to this blog to be kept informed!

So, you want to get involved and become a KindaAngel?

Here are the instructions:

1 – the link that you need is http://www.lendwithcare.org/entrepreneurs/index/230

2 – please pick the amount that you want to lend (the minimum is £15 – which is what most of us are lending)

3 – once you’ve signed up and lent the money, please amend your lendwithcare site profile to include the words “I am one of the #KindaAngels and you can find out more at http://www.socialholic.co.uk/?cat=90!” in the ‘About me’ section

4 – please then report back here using the comments and also spread the word on Twitter or LinkedIn or wherever you hang out!

All #KindaAngels will be added to the Twitter list at http://twitter.com/jamesmb/kindaangels and please follow the KindaAngels at http://twitter.com/kindaangels

In addition, the beautiful and wonderful people at Starbucks Exeter have agreed to give you a Starbucks mug as a thank you! More details can be found at http://www.socialholic.co.uk/?p=373

Well done and keep it going!!

Written by James

August 31st, 2010 at 8:35 pm

Pick the next #KindaAngel entrepreneurs!

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Well, it seems that we can’t pick people quickly enough!  As soon as we pick people for #KindaAngels, the funding comes in and they’re back off the list!

So, it’s ‘pick the entrepreneur’ time again! Please take a moment to look at the potential entrepreneurs that we will promote next with #KindaAngels.

Ooh, and there’s now a KindaAngels Twitter account at http://twitter.com/kindaangels – do come and join us there!

Right, here’s the poll – I’ll be closing it on Monday 31st at about 6.30pm – so share, tell and vote!

Thank you!

Written by James

August 28th, 2010 at 9:43 pm

Join #KindaAngels NOW! Support Ayefo!

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Well, what can I say? #KindaAngels has taken off quicker than I could have ever imagined.  I will shortly be posting a new poll which will choose the entrepreneurs that we will support AFTER Ayefo!

I have taken the liberty of picking our next entrepreneur myself – slightly undemocratic, I know – but there’s a simple reason for it!  When I first thought of seeing whether #KindaAngels could work, I did not expect the response that we got.  I did not think the entrepreneurs would get funded so quickly and so much would be lent so speedily.  I did not expect the support that we have had from LendWithCare, bloggers or Starbucks! It’s just been incredible.

Now, we could wait for a few days while everyone chooses the next person in the poll.  But I know that there are people who are willing, ready and able to fund someone now.  And I think it makes sense to seize the moment! So…

You are cordially invited to help by loaning £15 to Ayefo Ahouedehou, an entrepreneur based in Atakpamé, Togo.  She is married and mother of 3 children. Her husband is a retired policeman. She runs a restaurant. She has been running her business for 8 years where she serves hot meals to travelers and civil servants. Ayefo hopes with this loan to increase her clientele and therefore grow her business so as to meet the educational needs of her 3 children.

You can find lots of information about LendWithCare by clicking here.

Here are the instructions:

1 – the link that you need is http://www.lendwithcare.org/entrepreneurs/index/258

2 – please pick the amount that you want to lend (the minimum is £15 – which is what I’ll be lending)

3 – once you’ve signed up and lent the money, please amend your lendwithcare site profile to include the words “I am one of the #KindaAngels!” in the ‘About me’ section :)

4 – please then report back here using the comments and also spread the word on Twitter or LinkedIn or wherever you hang out!

All #KindaAngels will be added to the Twitter list at http://twitter.com/jamesmb/kindaangels

In addition, the beautiful and wonderful people at Starbucks Exeter have agreed to give you a Starbucks mug as a thank you!  More details can be found at http://www.socialholic.co.uk/?p=373

Well done and keep it going!! :)

Written by James

August 20th, 2010 at 9:14 pm