Yes, I am behind again but I have two posts ready to do today.
On the ninth day of Christmas I had a wonderful social media inspired time at the Fox Hotel in Collingwood. We were having a Melbourne Flickrup for members of the #2013PAD and #fp13 Flickr groups. My involvement in both of these groups started in late 2010 when I joined the #2011PAD along with Caroline Ramsden, the only other Australian in a group that we got involved in because of UK library Twitter friends.
Those of us who gathered were @emerald_j, me, Nicky from Civica, @birdsey7, @pru (a prospective member!), and Fiona and Terence who are fiant and their two children. Unfortunately @csmramsden, @kat_frame, @bonitoclub and Pat M2007 all couldn't make it because of other commitments or last minute ill health. How amazing that we could have a face to face gathering with more than a couple of people! That was unbelievable in 2010.
It was great to meet the people behind the photos and work out how we were all connected. We discovered that Fiona and Terence, the non library people in the gathering, had become involved via @csmramsden's daughter. There were those of us there who reported that we were taught by @csmramsden's father in library school. So now there is a hash tag on Twitter #ramsdengenerations! Unfortunately we were so interested in our face to face interactions that we forgot to take photos of the people. But photos of the Fox Hotel were taken and posted on Flickr.
|Fox Hotel, Collingwood|
This probably sounds like a very personal little gathering of no interest to anyone else except a few Flickr geeks. But I think it was a very significant gathering. I joined Flickr as part of Thing 2 (I think - the number is the query not the process) in Helene Blowers' 23 Things when we did a Victoria wide roll out of it to all public libraries. And I am still there using it as an integral part of my life. A couple of others mentioned above did that Victorian 23 Things program too. Many of us also started experimenting with a new thing called Twitter at that time and through it we made UK contacts and so the story goes on. And we are still there enjoying our world wide networks.
All of the Melbourne people who are mentioned above have come together virtually and physically via various combinations of Twitter, Flickr and personal connections that can be traced back to several of us doing and embracing 23 Things as part of our lives.
So I say: Yay for Helene Blowers!