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Are there more introverts than extroverts on the social web?

22 Jun

@guykawasaki revealing he's an introvert

I’m convinced – there are more introverts actively using the social web than there are extroverts.

Yep, that’s a pretty bold statement and I know many people will put up a good fight on this one – probably the more extroverted amongst us. However I’m pretty convinced.

So, I’d like to carry out some research to put my theory to the test – and I’d love your help. I would really appreciate if you could complete the mini poll below and, if you can spare a moment, pop in your views as a comment or DM me on twitter. I’d like to get as much input as possible on this, so, I’d be really grateful if you could encourage other socially active (in web terms) people to vote. And, once I’ve gathered enough information, I’ll pull together a more comprehensive view of my findings.

In the meantime, here’s some food for thought on this ever increasingly talked about subject…

Irony alert: social media introverts? – Mashable’s article from about a year ago focusing on many of the social web’s early adopters and big time advocates being introverts.

Twitter is great for introverts – some personal thoughts from an introvert on why twitter works so well for him. Being a fellow introvert, I couldn’t agree more with some of his statements.

Twitter is a haven for shy people and introverts! – another set of personal thoughts from an introvert who gets massive value out of Twitter

Introverts on the web – an interesting blog about a recent study revealing that introverted personalities were over-represented on social networking sites – compared to ‘real life’.

I look forward to hearing from you…

Twestival – I’m challenged to wear an I HEART STEVIE G t shirt!

21 Mar


As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a regional co-ordinator for Twestival, the global twitter festival taking place on Thursday 25th March – raising money for Concern.

We’re setting a target of £250 for all four of our Twestival UK & Ireland regional co-ordinators to submit themselves to a humiliating challenge for the day.

And, my challenge is simply awful!

As some of you may know, I’m an out and out Manchester United supporter, with Roy Keane and Eric Cantona as two of my all time heroes. Well known for my twitter banter with Liverpool FC fans, my outspoken challenges often spark a string of abuse in my twitter stream.

So, it was pretty simple finding something that would challenge me to my limits!

As long as we reach the overall £250 target for all four challenges, I’ll be wearing an “I heart Stevie G” t shirt for a full 24 hours starting on Thursday 25th March at 9am GMT. In other words… eating, tweeting, meeting and sleeping with my I heart Stevie G t shirt.

Twitpics and videos will be available throughout the day to ensure that I do indeed follow through with the 24 hour challenge.

So, if you’d like to see me suffer humiliation for the day, please donate now by clicking here. All proceeds to @concern.

Twestival – a focus on Belfast

21 Mar

Twestival – a focus on Glasgow

21 Mar



On Thursday, 25th March 2010, Glasgow will be hosting their very own Twestival at The Lansdowne Bar (@lansdownespy).



It’s going to be a fun packed night, filled with fantastic music and prizes – with 100% of all money raised going to Concern (@concern).

First up, and planning to play THREE Twestivals in one night, it’s Epic 26! Take a look at their site, or find them on Twitter and MySpace for more info. After playing Glasgow, they’ll be heading off to the Dundee and Edinburgh  Twestivals. Next up is 100 Paper Boats – you can find them on both Twitter and Facebook. Followed by Kessel! Check them out on their site, or on TwitterFacebook and MySpace.

The DJ for the evening is David Johnstone – you can follow him on Twitter. And he’s also on Facebook andMySpace. And for the quiet bits in between all of that, there’s a Spotify playlist where you can line up the tracks you’d like to hear.

And with many local businesses being extremely generous with prizes, there’ll be an awesome raffle, including…

  • a meal for 2 at Gandolfi Fish, donated by @MerchantCity
  • 2 tickets to see One Million Tiny Plays About Britain, donated by @citizenstheatre
  • a bottle of wine from @Glasgowdotcom
  • vouchers for La Bonne Auberge, donated by @HIGlasgow
  • a adopted polar bear, donated by @PoLRweb
  • a subscription to Wired magazine, donated by @ThirdSectorLab
  • a signed and illustrated copy of The Life of Pi, donated by @Canongatebooks

And to top it all, there’s an iPad up for grabs in the auction?!

Got your ticket yet? If not, head to http://glasgow.twestival.com/

Twestival – using social media for social good – 25 March 2010

20 Mar

If ever there was a great example of the power of social media, Twestival is it. Twestival (Twitter Festival) uses social media for social good – this year, having education as its chosen theme. Organised 100% by volunteers, through Twitter, on March 25 2010, hundreds of cities across the world will be hosting events to have fun, meet fellow twits and raise awareness of this year’s chosen charity Concern’s projects. Simply put: Tweet | Meet | Give

Check out the video below which gives a great overview of Concern’s education projects.

And here’s a quote from Concern on being the chosen Twestival charity for 2010.

“All of us at Concern Worldwide are very excited to be involved with the second annual Twestival and would like to thank everyone involved across the world for helping to raise vital funds and awareness for our education programmes. Twestival is such a fantastic example of the difference that can be made when individuals join together to volunteer and take action.”

So why am I blogging about this? Well, I’m a UK & Ireland regional co-ordinator looking after Scotland, NI and Ireland. Being an avid twit, along with wanting to dedicate a significant amount of time and effort to help others, I just had to be involved.

Wherever you are in the UK & Ireland, there’s a Twestival near you. Have you got your ticket yet?

Virgin Media twits twekking for Great Ormond Street

18 Jun

On 19th June, six of us from Virgin Media will be setting off on a sponsored #trek, raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) to fund a state-of-the-art cardiac theatre in the new heart and lung centre for children. The trek will retrace the steps of the Romans and their great feat of engineering – Hadrian’s Wall. Starting at Lanercost Priory, we’ll trek over two days alongside the only remaining sections of the wall to Broccolitia Roman Fort.

So far, we’ve raised over £6.5k between us and obviously we’d love to raise more. So, if you’d like to sponsor me, you can do so through my justgiving site at http://justgiving.com/abisignorelli.

I’m going to be tweeting and also phonecasting with iPadio so you’ll be able to follow our progress in the build up to and during the trek – below is my latest phonecast.

And, if you’d like to follow or sponsor my fellow Virgin Media trekkers…

Regan Atkinson: @Regan1976 on twitter – click here to sponsor him
Ben Cotton: @yawdogs on twitter – click here to sponsor him
Mel Whiteley: @MelWhiteley on twitter – click here to sponsor her
John Cunningham: @johnpc on twitter – click here to sponsor him
Jane Parry: @janiepops on twitter – click here to sponsor her

Thank you so much!
Abi

Being social – first stop, Twitter!

5 Apr

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Firstly, what the ‘eck is social media?
We all talk about social media all the time – but it’s worth recapping…As a quick reminder, our friend Wikipedia describes it as “primarily internet and mobile based tools for sharing and discussing information among human beings. The term most often refers to activities that integrate technology, telecommunications and social interaction, and the construction of words, pictures, videos and audio. This interaction, and the manner in which information is presented, depends on the varied perspectives and “building” of shared meaning among communities, as people share their stories and experiences.”
Confused (.com)??
Put simply, it’s blogging, discussion forums, micro-blogging (like twitter), web chats, wikis, RSS feeds, pod casting, video messaging, social networks (like facebook) and many many more. It’s about having two-way conversations – sharing stuff whether it’s words, pictures or videos – and doing it in a way that best suits the audience. Most of us are doing this outside of work – so, why not bring it inside?
Getting social

I’ve had so many chats with so many people… with so many ideas. I’ve been having meetings with key people across the business on getting this moving. I had a chat with Neil Berkett, our CEO, the other day, and he’s up for it – and, I’ve been talking to some lovely folks in IT who are seeing how they can help.
Virgin Media’s vision is about being “the simple choice in a complex digital world – giving people total freedom and choice, enabling them to talk, watch, listen, work and play, whenever, wherever”. Well, if this is what we’re doing for our customers – why wouldn’t we do this for our people?! We simply have to don’t we?
Very roughly, here are some key things about what Getting Social will mean:


  • Connecting and learning about each other through personal and professional sharing
  • Enabling us to communicate, innovate, collaborate, participate, learn, contribute – with openness and transparency – faster!
  • Unlocking the knowledge of our people, making it faster and easier to find experts and bring together diverse teams around a common point of interest
  • Using the internet to create highly interactive networks of individuals who want to stay connected in a very rich environment
  • Faster resolution of customer issues through a fully connected and networked community
    Extension of the power to reach our customers

We’re developing this over time rather than one big bang launch. So, I’ll keep you posted as new things happen.

And, my first stop is Twitter …
Twitter (micro-blogging)

Well, unless you’ve been hibernating over the past few months, you must by now have at least heard of twitter. Apart from me and a load of other VM Twits banging on about it all the time, it’s been THE news in social media land:

Jonathan Ross (@wossy) talked to Stephen Fry (@StephenFry) about it on his first show back from suspension (if you can, check it out on YouTube). Incidentally, @StephenFry is the 2nd most followed twit worldwide after Obama (@BarackObama) (more about Obama’s use of social media here)

The 1st pic of the plane crash-landing on the Hudson came from twitter (I blogged on this here)
Mainstream news, celebs and shows are all a twitter with things like…..Philip Schofield (
@Schofe) now has a laptop for his live show so he can tweet throughout; Chris Moyles (@CHRISDJMOYLES) tweets through his morning show on Radio 1; Will Carling (@willcarling) provides some fantastic commentary through each match in the 6 Nations; the One Show, Sky News, BBC News and a load of other shows have all done a feature on twitter; and there’ve been a host of fake celebs ‘outed’ by @wossy!
I could go on and on about the news stories on this – but I’ll spare you on that one. Try googling Twitter and you’ll see what I mean!
And, if you’re still not convinced about Twitter, then check out this blog from @davelee, an online journalist for the BBC I’m following on Twitter.
So, what have we been doing with Twitter internally?
I must apologise firstly about talking twenglish for the next few sentences…
We’ve now got a fantastic community of tweeple regularly tweeting and following our own employee account. It’s a locked twitter account, ie for Virgin Media twits only, that spreads the word about hot topics, events and top tips (or top twips!) on how to use Twitter. It’s bringing together a community of like-minded VM people – sharing ideas, helping each other out or simply bringing a bit of fun into people’s every day lives.
We’ve had some amazing connections and successes purely through our community on twitter – everything from sorting out someone’s problem on internal systmes, working across different teams to find answers to customer problems, to someone announcing that they’re going to be a dad!

To coincide with the Brit Awards, we also hosted our very own TwitAwards in February to celebrate the most dedicated of VM Twits.
And, we’re now hosting regular conference calls (TwitCons) and inviting all of our VM Twits so we can share progress while also hearing back from them on any ideas they have.
Over to you…
So, have any of you used Twitter for your employees? If so, would love to hear from you!