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The Rise of #RoCur

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@WeAreBrisbane is alive! You all know I'm a huge Twitter fan, so don't be surprised to hear it from me :)

Rotation curation (AKA #rocur) Twitter accounts put the spotlight on a location or topic and rotate the curator/composer of Tweets every set period, most commonly weekly from what I've seen so far.

Managing one team Twitter account with many contributors used to be a highly-delicate process, often relying simply on goodwill or written contracts. Nowadays we have a stack of third-party clients available for Twitter users (including some with scheduling capabilities), so there's little concern over security and more time spent scheduling contributors in order of choice.

In addition to the new Brisbane account (started today by my Brisbane foodie mate @kellyyyllek) there's also @WeAreSydney, @WeMelbourne, @WeAreADL and @WeAreAustralia for Aussies, plus a host of others all around the world on topics such as science (@realscientists), music (@We_Love_Aural) and social issues (@BeCareAware).

That last one in particular is interesting, as it's run by Carers South Australia to increase awareness of the struggles unpaid carers have on a daily basis. Kudos for the on-trend thinking and clever use of Twitter to share experiences!

Facebook is the other clear choice for #rocur, and Instagram could be another candidate... if the API were opened up to allow more clients to schedule posts and add multiple users. Alas, I believe we're still some time off from that happening.

In the meantime, you'll see myself and a number of more notable Brisbane dwellers over at @WeAreBrisbane soon. I'm certainly not complaining!

Would you ever contribute to a #rocur social media account?

Sounds of Spring, Volunteer Team Leader

Next Saturday I will be giving up my day to lead a team of 10 volunteers at the Brisbane music festival Sounds of Spring. Pretty cool, huh? I'll be starting early in the morning and going until midnight, but it will be worth it. Acts such as Little Birdy, I Heart Hiroshima, The Living End, Tim Rogers, Hungry Kids of Hungary, The Beautiful Girls, Drawn From Bees, Shihad... and stacks more. Shall be fun seeing what goes down there behind the scenes. Rad!

Creative Drinks, Networx, ANZ, Brisbane Twestival

Hello, readers! How is everyone today? Just a general update of the awesome things I've been up to lately. Last week I was lucky enough to score a free ticket to Creative Drinks. My dear friend Hannah Suarez of Brisbane Creative Industries was the speaker of the evening and did very well. Her presentation is on SlideShare here and includes some helpful networking event tips.

Tuesday I was also in attendance at my favourite Brisbane events company Iceberg Events' Networx, Working the (Real & Virtual) Room. Director of Paragon Associates, Lisa Butler kick-started the evening with information on busting networking myths and emphasised that anyone can learn to network effectively. More friends of mine were speaking on the topic of working the virtual room (specifically Twitter) - in fact, the whole panel trio of Darryl King, Clare Lancaster and Greg Lexiphanic! Ignoring the occasional train screaming through South Brisbane, discussions of Twitter and social media run amok against a background of a Twitter projection of the #networx hashtag.

Yesterday I attended ANZ's Small Business workshops discussing online marketing (specifically Google's AdWords and social media) and brand awareness. The day was a good one and I met various new people interested in learning more about their businesses online. I was even outed as a secret live-twitter bug, which was a great example to those wanting to understand the scope social media can have. There are more ANZ Small Business workshops happening all around Australia until around November, so get in quick to enrol (they're free too)!

Lastly, things are rolling faster and faster for Brisbane Twestival Local. Committee positions are being snapped up fast, bands and artists approached, venues scoped. We are hoping to gather the support of the voted-in beyondblue: the national depression initiative as our charity of choice to support, a charity I have long been a fan of.

Phew! I think that's about it. Oh! And the BTUB Wine Night was a complete success as well. My first paid event as a freelancer. Feels good, man.

Looking for full-time employment has unfortunately taken a back seat to these activities. It's a shame I'm having so much fun... well, no. Not really.

Fireball 2009

On Friday I spent my day volunteering for Fireball 2009 with New Fangled Functions at City Hall. It was a pretty good day, setting 400 places for attendees of the charity ball raising funds for adult burns research and development. I did take a photo of the gorgeous table settings before I left, but it didn't save to my iPhone, alas. I was unable to make the event itself, but from what I've heard it was a great success. Well done, Kellie, Michael and the team at New Fangled Functions. (And happy birthday, Michael!)

Brisbane Twestival

twestival-logo2A few of you will recall an event I co-managed in February called Twestival at Brisbane's Metro Arts. Well, it's on again and I've been handed the reins! Saturday, September 12th is Twestival Local. It's the same deal, but we choose our own charity to support instead of a global charity being chosen for all events around the world. I quite like this idea as it creates a close-knit sense of responsibility for Brisbane and Queensland. The links on the Brisbane branch which I give are:

We are seeking one lucky charity, a kick-arse venue, charming sponsors, wicked bands, entertainment, artists, stalls, web masters, event gurus, stage managers, admin and general awesomeness for this event. Please e-mail me at events@nicolejensen.com if you would like to give a hand or offer up some contacts for us.

Lastly, I came across this useful article on how to secure a sponsor for an event. It's pretty cool.