Today was Northern Voice day! I blearily stumbled into UBC in time for the opening keynote by Chris Messina. He had some interesting things to say about accessibility to the web and the issues surrounding privacy and accessibility.
The first session featured a couple of journalists talking about how they use social media in their work now. Really interesting session. I didn’t realize that they used twitter in the newsroom to pick up on developing stories although it makes sense. They had a good story about following up on a shooting by digging through the shootee’s Facebook page and finding out that he had all these biker gang connections. They even got in touch with some of the guy’s Facebook friends for interviews and pulled pieces of the story out of them.
This afternoon was a batch of sessions that were more Q&A about social media and how it was affecting different industries. Knitting, for instance, has exploded since everyone’s been able to connect online and we got the perspectives of three people who’ve made careers in the knitting world because of it. Right now I’m in a room where four artists are explaining how they put their material out and market it through social media.
On a side note I’ve been finding it strange to be back in a school. Up until a couple of years ago I used to make it a point to be constantly taking courses at night to learn fun things like accounting (yes, you read correctly, I enjoy accounting). In the last couple of years I’ve found I’m more inclined to read a book and get my hands dirty instead of following a formal course structure. Things are more interesting to me that way and I find I get more out of actually doing instead of reading about doing. Being back in a school reinforced that I’m not really a “school” person anymore since I don’t get the same value out of it as I do just jumping into something.
Tonight we’re going to hook up at a friend’s place for after-NV beers and Thai food. Then I’ve got to hop by Matt’s place for his housewarming. I’ll be curious to see his place, especially since it’s just a few blocks from where Sharon lives.