MP Tom Harris (Labour), MSP Patrick Harvie (Greens) and Glasgow Councillor Alison Thewliss (SNP), along with Scottish Lib-Dem Campaign Director Andy Reeves will be talking about using social media, their experiences, their highs and lows of engagement tonight, Wednesday, February 17 at Mother India, Glasgow for the 3rd Scottish Social Media Dinner.
Having someone from each level of government will give the night an extra layer of interest because then we can see if there’s one strategy that fits all politicians in going online or if there’s different approaches for different levels.
I’m also delighted to note that having Alison speak marks not only a sign of a gender mix, but also our first female speaker for the SSMD (and it’s our first pregnant speaker too – perhaps we can invite Alison back if she starts a mummy blog. She can give Littlemummy Erica and Ellen Arnison company, because along with Scottish Blogger Dad that’s the whole Scottish parenting blog scene I believe.)
As before with the events, the aim is simple: to show to people – from beginners to experts – ideas and ways of using social media that may work for their businesses or careers. Both from the speakers and also from others at the event.
Now, you may notice that there’s not a Conservative there. That’s not a snub. It was just that those approached were unable to make the date. There may be one coming along, but it will be very last minute, but the other four parties are represented.
If you’re coming along, I’d suggest a look at all their blogs and online activities. You can also find the menu at the bottom of this blog post.
The event is taking place in the basement of the Mother India at 28 Westminster Terrace, Glasgow, G3 7RU (0141 221 1663) - not the other ones (a few people seem to think it is elsewhere, it’s not).
In keeping with true Scottish Social Media Dinner tradition, people are more than welcome to tweet – the hashtag will be #ssmd – and, also in keeping with tradition, I think the signal reception will be lousy (it is a basement after all).