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Nice To Meet You

A while ago I went to a talk at the RSA on the Future of Travel, as usual it was awesome and this guy John Adams spoke a lot of wisdom. One thing that stuck with me was a point he made about people who use the internet. He basically dicussed the idea that whilst the internet allows us to connect with people all over the globe from the comfort of our arm chairs, those who engage with social media are more likely or as likely to travel as those that don’t. The example he used was people playing poker online and that people that play poker online regularly are more likely to travel somewhere to attend a poker match or meetup with online poker friends in the real world etc etc. I guess the theory is that social media makes us more social and therefore more likely to meet up on the real world.

I think about this every time I got to Social Media Cafe AKA Tuttle Club which has now moved from the Coach and Horses in Soho to the ICA (which has had a nice refurb). Its essentially a room full of internet geeks talking about social media but the thing is that not only is everyone friendly and welcoming but it happens every Friday morning and last week there must have been over 50 people attending. This is the thing that strickes me as interesting is that there are so many ‘internet’ networking events, in an industry that is based on helping people ‘connect’ the one thing that everyone wants to do more than anything is meet people in the real world. Lloyd Davis who set up SMC made a nice announcement about the new venue and then introduced Toby Moores who I don’t know but he announced a proposal to create a network of networks – essentially getting all the different groups to meet up at once. It sounds like an awesome idea.

He didn’t mention whether likemind would be invited – if you don’t know likemind its a monthly meetup of often digitally orientated creative types ranging from planners, illustrators, video people, writers and even a few poets. I’m one of the hosts along with the delectable Jamie Coomber. Its the third Friday of the month (that means this Friday) at Cafe Boheme in Soho and it kicks off at 8.30 so you have plenty of time to still get to work. Anyway that was a bit rambling, sorry, trying to get back into this blogging lark.

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OpenMusicMedia

A couple of years ago I set up a music blog called Upside Down Stupid Hat (awesome name right?) and through it I got to meet all sorts of awesome people – bloggers, bands, pr kids and also some dude called Anthony who had set up a music blog aggregator called the Hype Machine – Anthony has come a long way since then especially if you’re into interweb rumours. Anyway he said he was going to be hanging out at OpenMusicMedia tonight so I went down to check it out.

OpenMusicMedia is a kind of likemind, Tuttle or Techcrunch UK meetup but for the music industry set up by Jonas from LastFM and some dude called Dave (there’s always one right?). I have to say for a first event they had an awesome turnout and the William IV was a great venue. Basically Anthony gave an overview of what the Hype Machine is and what they up to and people interjected with questions of varying degrees of sensibility. It looks as if Hype Machine are looking at ways of licensing music that features on the site in a way to feed back some of the ad revenue to bloggers and bands – sounds good but all I can think is that this is one huge fucking minefield – anyway more power to them. The really interesting thing was listening to the questions / statements that people were making and I have to say for a digital orientated gathering a lot of people seemed way off target – one guy (a musician) kept bleating on about how music bloggers were sitting up in their ivory towers counting their big piles of money received from promoting major label artists – dude, if your music was any good bloggers would write about it – end of. Other people seemed to have never actually read a music blog which I found surprising. There was lots of talk about Sellaband and Slicethepie which was semi sensible but to be honest I feel that a lot of these guys still don’t understand the internets and the advantages that it brings (there was one of these guys at the Matt Mason talk the other day – Priyanka called him ‘Audience Man’ – awesome – I heard he was big at the BMI)

As is often the case at these sorts of things the best chats were after the main event – my boy Aaron who runs all tings digital over at Vice/VBS was there and we had some good chats about managing multiple communities with Matt from samuari.fm. Good chats with Jaz from Shinyred about pregnancy / parenting 2.0. Also a couple of the guys from SongKick were in the house and we had some good chats about virtual worlds and their general awesomeness.

All in all a really good evening and I’ll defo be going down to the next one but maybe next time I’m gonna print out some articles by Chris Anderson & Seth Godin – at the very least it’ll have the pigeons ruffling their feathers and squarking a bit more.