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I’ve missed the last few Birmingham Social Media Cafes. This has been a mix of oversleeping (once) and being slightly put off by being cornered by estate agents wanting advice on using Twitter at past meetups.
This week, however, I decided to go along, get stuck in and learn the art of polite mingling!
It was a very different social media cafe, and a great one too! Paul Bradshaw (@paulbradshaw) brought along a load of his BA Online Journalism students who didn’t take long to get stuck into things. Bear with guys, it gets easier, trust me!
It was hosted by @dandavies, representing the Meshed Media, and kindly supplying the coffee!!
Also there, 2 women from West Midlands Police marketing department, keen to find out more about social media and how it can help them connect with the public.(I tapped them up for potential live blogging and events coverage, fingers crossed something comes of it!)
I also had a great Apple-themed chat with @jigar_patel – now I started it by gushing about my new Iphone, but he’s inspired me to purchase some kind of MacIbookpro type thing … maybe in the summer!
Also had a good old chat with Jennifer from the Social Media MA!
Great – for me, BSMC has got it’s mojo back!
As part of a series of pre-election session around the UK, Birmingham will tonight host a Question Time special at the City Inn.
On the panel:
Andrew Mitchell – Shadow Secretary of State for International Development
Jacqui Smith – MP for Redditch and former Home Secretary
John Hemming – MP for Birmingham Yardley
Mark Reeves – Former Editor of the Birmingham Post
Iain Dale (Chair)