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European Commission early adopters on Twitter

Someone – who shall remain nameless – claimed last week to be among the first in the European Commission to use Twitter. That got me thinking about those of us who were there early on (pre-2010) and who and what we are. This is a list I have drawn-up using the fabulous howlonghaveyoubeentweeting.com website (thanks to @simonblackley). I’d love to have updates about errors, omissions etc. Please comment, or email me.

@euonymblog (started as @EUlondonrep) 14 January 2009

@dicknieuwenhuis 16 March 2009

@ecfin 1 April 2009

@EUinNL 25 May 2009

@Eurireland 5 June 2009

@ECSpokesKoen 5 July 2009

@TonyLBxl 11 July 2009

@EC_AVservice 13 July 2009

@EU_EEAS (started as @EU_Relex) 8 October 2009

@EU_careers 9 October 2009

@ECDevelopment 13 October 2009

Update 2 February 4.30

@KevinCoates 26 March 2007

@sandracavallo 26 August 2008

@sclopit 30 November 2008

@joehennon 26 January 2009

@piotr_ec 8 April 2009

@EU_Consumer 12 May 2009

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Turning virtual friendships into real ones

I was in Brussels for the last two days, and very nice it was too. On Wednesday I was speaking at an event on the use of social media in a European context, called Butterfly Europe. A video of the event is online, and Europasionaria has written about it. I have a slightly different take on it to her, because although I am a card-carrying EU GirlGeek, my geographical position means that I have connected with these people via Twitter, blogs and so on but I’ve never met some of them. So my trip to Brussels was a great opportunity to get to know them in real life. And what a pleasure it was! From the EU Girl Geeks for lunch that day, to the many people at the Butterfly Europe event, to the commission’s internal Geek network on Thursday morning, I had a lovely time taking my online personal relationships offline. It’s too easy to caricaturise people who use digital media as lonely geeks sat behind their keyboards in their underpants, but speaking for myself, it has introduced me to a huge range of interesting people, some of whom I’m proud to call my friends.

Update, midday 20 August

Toute L’Europe [FR] and Les Euros du Village[FR] have also covered the Butterfly Europe Event

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Onward and upward in 2011

First off, a Happy New Year to all my readers (both of you…)

I was looking back through the blog today looking for a specific post, and it’s obvious that I write much less than I did when I first arrived. Some of that might be personal – less enthusiasm, more of other stuff that gets in the way. But I think to some extent it’s because we’ve developed other digital media channels which do (much better) what this blog was trying to do. The “in the press” section of our Rep website addresses the Euromyths that were a lot of what I did at the beginning. The Facebook page does the more fun stories. The EU and me site has the info about what’s going on, and links to practical sources of information. And I can interact with people via Twitter. So that doesn’t leave me a lot to talk about  here 🙂 I will of course keep writing, and certainly will try to keep up with the Coming Week information about events of specific UK interest. And I will take a particular interest in the European Year of Volunteering and hope to write quite a bit about that.

Have a great 2011!

Update, 17.15 Nice irony that today’s WordPress announcement was about their challenge to blog more often in 2011

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2010 in review

WordPress have provided me with a helpful little summary of my blog in 2010, so I thought I would share it with you:

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2010. That’s about 26 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 74 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 198 posts. There were 7 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 3mb.

The busiest day of the year was January 21st with 159 views. The most popular post that day was Moving on up.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were blogs.ec.europa.eu, twitter.com, ec.europa.eu, facebook.com, and jonworth.eu.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for antonia mochan, beagledor, seal bomb, le plat pays, and svalbard.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Moving on up January 2010
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2

About me June 2008
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3

Commission statement:air passenger rights apply in light of volcanic ash cloud April 2010

4

Est-ce qu’il faut parler les langues? August 2010
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5

Bloggez-vous? August 2010
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#EUuk event, 10 December 2010

Friday was the culmination of several month’s work with Eurogoblin, Cosmetic Uprise and others, the bloggingportal event on EU and UK political blogging. I was rushing about sorting out the Wifi and making sure people were there, so you should head to Eurogoblin, Walaa Idris or Dick Puddlecote (any I’ve missed?) for a sense of how it went.

Anyway, better than reading what someone else said, you can watch it for yourself – we videoed both panels and are uploading them to the Rep’s YouTube site. They’re huge files and are going up in parts, so please bear with us.

Update 16 December 11am: I’m adding Jon Worth to coverage of the event. Though it’s not a report, it reflects what we conceived the event to be about – how to link the EU and UK political blogospheres, and mentions our event.

Update 10 January 15.45 And here’s the European Citizen’s post on it. He’s Bruno Waterfield’s favourite Euroblogger, dontcha know 🙂

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Back in the saddle

Sorry about the sustained radio silence – I’ve been off for medical reasons for a while. I hope you didn’t miss the information about Friday’s #EUuk blogging event, which is now full, but can be followed on Twitter via the #EUuk hashtag and will also be filmed and available via the Rep’s Dailymotion site afterwards. I’m also sure there will be quite a few blogposts about it. We’ve got a great line-up with heavyweight political blogging names such as Guido Fawkes Bagehot and Left Foot Forward taking part, never mind the cream of those blogging about the EU.

This conference is part of two weeks of all kinds of events – political, cultural, musical – to mark the opening of our new premises at 32 Smith Square. On 15 December I will be involved in a poetry evening, where EU ambassadors will bring poems from their country and Jonathan, our head of rep, and I will read the English translations. The full list of events is available here.

Part of the reason of a week of events is to draw attention to the existence of the public space here, which is available for events discussing issues of European relevance. So if you think you have an appropriate event and need a Central London venue, think of Europe House!

Also while I was off, we launched officially the web version of the What’s In It For Me booklet, to some praise, and quite a lot of controversy. Given that it was based on a product that has been in considerable demand (we only send publications out to those who ask for them), we’re confident it will prove useful.

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Digital manners

I found the following tweet on my timeline this morning:

@euonymblog can you twitt a bit less on ordinary things ? – we’re following you bc of the eu-part, txs

I have to admit, I was (and remain) quite annoyed about it, and I’ve been trying to work out why. I think it comes down to a point I make quite often when talking about social media and made when writing about this for the Waltzing Matilda blog:

One should think of social media as a reception rather than a meeting. It’s worth going to, you make some good contacts, you often get a lot done, but sometimes you talk about tennis or where you are going for your holidays.

And so for me, someone saying what I saw this morning was like talking to a group of people at a reception and one of them saying “Actually, I’m not interested in what you’re saying, could you please say something more related to my particular interests”. In the reception scenario, if you weren’t interested, wouldn’t you just drift away and talk to someone else?

I have a lot of EU-related followers, and that of course is a major element. But I also interact with UK political commentators, a lot of science writers, people from local government, knitting bloggers and many other random, weird and totally wonderful people. This is my personal tweeting account, and my personal blog and I am someone who has interests wider than my work. If you’re only interested in my work, you can go elsewhere (including our office’s official Twitter account @eulondonrep).

So I was annoyed, and I feel I have a right to be so. Just because we’re in a digital medium, we don’t have to forget our manners.

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