February 20, 2007

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At the social media and public relations event

I attended the Social Media and PR meetup at the Bier Market. It was great meeting people from the public relations side of things, especially as I was still buzzing from a good day at work. =) Networking on a sugar high!

I’m thinking of adjusting a liiiittle bit more towards longer, deeper
contact instead of just finding reasons to follow up with people, but
it’s hard to have good conversation over the din of other busy
conversations and loud music.

The five minutes I spent putting together a printed nametag and the
seven pesos I spent for a business-card-sized pin-and-clip reusable
nametag definitely paid off, though. More than five people asked me
about it, and it launched some pretty good conversations. I was the
only person wearing a nametag at the event!

I asked the coauthor of Wikinomics if he’d found some best practices
for starting communities, but no go…

Good conversation with Dave Forde, Tom Purves, and the rest of the
people I occasionally bump into in the Toronto technology scene. A
couple of new people I really want to keep track of, and maybe even a
few possible friends out of the deal. Not bad, not bad at all… =)

Take-away lessons: always, always, always carry a nametag with you. =)
Oh, and position yourself near the front, and be animated. People will
remember you and introduce themselves, which saves you the trouble of
standing around trying to break into conversations. =)

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Much progress!

I was stressing out about hooking up the back end of my metasearch
engine to the front end that I’d prototyped in Ruby on Rails. Progress
was much smoother than I’d expected! I’m happy about the work I did
today, and I’m looking forward to going to the Wikinomics event later.
=) Life is good.

And yeah, Facebook is
addictive… ;)

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Edgy

I think I left my phone in my room. At least I hope it did – my desk
is a far better place for it than the subway. I’m also a little edgy
about the fact that the form I got from PCFinancial wasn’t actually my
financial statement, but rather some data I need for filing my taxes.
I’ll keep an eye out for the financial statement in the mail, but I’m
cutting it a bit close to the deadline. I’ll also ask Quinn’s backup
to keep an eye out for the fax.
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The timing of this week is a little delicate…

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