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Introducing the Ottawa Community Manager Meetup

CM Meetup AustinWhile the title community manager has been growing in popularity, I’ve noticed there still aren’t all that many in Ottawa… However, I’ve also noticed that despite this, there are many people here–both in private sector and government–who do pretty well work as community managers (albeit under a different title). On top of that there’s tons of interest in the job here as well.

Back in March at SXSW I was able to connect with a few community managers, in talks we (@vero, @yarrcat and I) decided to plan a community manager meetup, and amazingly with two days notice at a busy conference, over 25 people showed up to talk about the ever-changing job role. (photo)

While tweeting about the event, Angelina Munaretto, also from Ottawa, saw my tweets and at first thought I was in Ottawa.. That started our discussions about hosting a community manager meet up in Ottawa.

Though it took us a few months to get the inaugural event off the ground, the support from the community (community of community managers?!!) was very positive! Our first event on June 16 saw about 15 community managers and people interested in community management, showed up and participated in a interesting discussion on what exactly it means, how it’s evolved, and where it’s headed.

We plan to have more of these informal meetups in the coming months (next one probably after summer). To start we set up a LinkedIn Group where we can continue discussions between meetups.

Eventually we’d like to create more of a community site, but we’ll start with small steps. Join the group also for upcoming event notices…

Hope to see you there!

Networking in the New Year with IABC Ottawa

Just a quick note to let you know the Ottawa Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators is hosting a ‘Networking in the New Year’ event next Wednesday. If you’re in communications and looking to learn more about a specific area, there will be designated experts on hand to answer any questions and talk with. There’s also going to be food, so you won’t leave hungry either!

It’ll definitely be worth the price, but book before Sunday, Jan. 17 for the early bird!

Register now!

(disclosure: I sit on the board of IABC Ottawa, but that doesn’t stop this from being a great event!)

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Social Media Book Club Ottawa – Feb. 5

So a while ago on the Startup Ottawa blog, Scott Lake came up with the idea of doing a social media book club, which I thought was a great idea, so I jumped at the chance to help organize it.

Now I’m proud too announce it’s become a reality! The first Social Media Book Club will take place on Feb. 5 at the Lieutenant’s Pump on Elgin. Full details over at Startup Ottawa or RSVP to the Meetup Group.

Hope to see you there!

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Vote for Canada's most influential man/woman in social media

Dave Forde over at Profectio has initiated a contest to find out who is Canada’s most influencial man and woman in social media. Voting closes at midnight Dec. 31.

I am extremely honoured to have been nominated as one of Canada’s most influential women in social media, but I do feel like I have a lot more to do before I’d be worthy the title. So I’d love your support but I also acknowledge there are many other fabulous women on the list who certainly do deserve it! Also I’m super happy to see someone from Ottawa on the list, though I wish I had been paying attention during nominations because there’s a few other Ottawa gals who should most definitely be there. (@Suzemuse and @zchamu come immediately to mind)

As for the men, there’s quite the list. I actually haven’t decided who to vote for because there are so many great choices. (And a few Ottawa folks too–9 by my quick count!) So what are you waiting for, go vote!

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Learn all about social media measurement in Ottawa this month…

Do you get social media, but still wondering how to effectively measure it? Are you in (or planning to be in) Ottawa next week? Well good news for you because there’s a couple of great events happening!

Third Tuesday is happening next Wednesday, November 26, at the Clocktower brew pub on Bank St. (Which brews in-house some fabulous beer, I like the raspberry wheat) but the real treat is the topic (Making the case for new tools in tough times: Measure now, don’t be sorry later) and the speakers, Chris Johnson, President of dna13, Craig Comeau from Radian6 and Parker Mason from CNW Group.

As you may recall, I’ve reviewed Radian6 here before, and I had the pleasure of meeting Parker Mason last time he was in town so I’m definitely excited for this lineup. Hope you can make it out! Register through Meetup (free registration required)

If you can’t make it out on Wednesday, the DigitalOttawa Meetup Group is hosting an event with Radian6 the next day, Thursday, November 27. Unfortunately I can’t make this one as I’ll be at StartupCamp Montreal, where SmartHippo is selected as a presenter! Hope to see you there.

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Social Media Breakfast Ottawa–tomorrow!!

I can’t believe I forgot to post something sooner, but Social Media Breakfast Ottawa 4 is happening tomorrow and it’s going to be a good one! Although the tickets are sold out, if you contact Simon Chen directly, he may be able to help you out.

Jen Evans, Founder & Chief Strategist, Sequentia Environics will be moderating a panel all about online communities, included on the panel:

Less than a month into my new job as a community manager, I’m especially excited for this one! See you there.

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Location-based microblogging… Cool or creepy?!

When Twitter first started gaining momentum, it was called “permission-based stalking” by some. (I’d credit whoever came up with the term, but I have *no* idea who it was). However that term sort of died down as Twitter popularity went up, especially as people found other uses for it, rather than just stalking.

However, many of us who’ve been obsessing over our iPhone 3G’s have discovered Twinkle. A twitter app that also records your location, so you can find “Tweeple” near you. I thought it was a little creepy at first, but it seems really cool! Not sure I have a solid understanding of why it’s great… but I see some potential…

So have you used Twinkle? What are your thoughts on location-based twittering?

Social Media Breakfast in Ottawa… Tomorrow!

Anyone living/visiting in Ottawa should definitely check out the Social Media Breakfast tomorrow morning.

Social Media Breakfast started in Boston by Bryan Person, and now Ryan Anderson, Rob Lane and Simon Chen have brought it to Ottawa. The event sold out before I even got a chance to blog about it, but now you can grab some last minute tickets by visiting Ryan’s blog and emailing him…