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    January 12th, 2011EuropasionariaGirl Power, Quote of the week

    Go for Excellence, sweetie. It’s not a crowded field.

    It’s from Aunt Lola on Twitter. She’s older than you and she knows better.

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    November 8th, 2010EuropasionariaQuote of the week, Web 2.0

    Facebook and Twitter have found a sizable niche: people who have something to say, but either are content to say it only to their friends, or don’t need more than 140 characters to express it.

    Mixed Media, How Facebook and Twitter Are Replacing Blogging

    Found on Twitter thanks to @princess_misia

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    September 30th, 2010EuropasionariaWeb 2.0

    Last year I went to the fabulous Personal Democracy Forum (PdF) in Barcelona, the first edition of an event that had been taking place in the US for years. I had a good time with old friends, met lots of fascinating people, and came back loaded with exciting new ideas.

    This time I’m going back and I can’t wait! It’s on Monday/Tuesday. Drop me a line if you’d like to meet. And follow #PDFEU on Twitter to know what’s going on.

    There’s something very distinctive about social media conferences. Things don’t just happen the days of the event. A lot happens before and after as well.

    A few days before it starts, Twitter lists of attendees are created, hashtags are used to announce one’s attendance and to look for friends who might go too, or people we don’t know yet but would like to meet. As I saw PdF’er Micah Sifry tweet once ahead of the Berlin re:publica conference we were going to: I can hear the drum roll slowly but surely getting louder… the curtain is about to rise.

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    September 26th, 2010EuropasionariaEurope, Girl Power, Web 2.0

    Icelandic volcano ash cloud simulation © Pietro Zanarini/Flickr

    Berlin, April 15, 2010: I’m at the social media conference re:publica 2010 where we are organising a workshop with friends from the Blogging Portal. Little by little, I realize something’s wrong with the airlines. It seems an Icelandic volcano is causing a giant ash cloud, paralysing most European airports. We’re told it could last a few days… I start worrying about not being able to get back home. In this mess, we all try and find as much information as we can. I check Twitter on my BlackBerry. I discover the hashtag #ashtag, and through that, the Eurocontrol Twitter account. From then on, it became my primary source of information as it was the most up-to-date and the most reliable.

    The Eurocontrol Twitter account went from a few hundred followers to a few thousand within a few days. All that thanks to the talent and determination of a lady, Aurélie Valtat, who is now nominated at the SimpliFlying-Airline Business Awards for Social Media Excellence for Airlines, category SimpliFlying Hero of the Year.

    Back then, I was absolutely amazed by the way Eurocontrol handled the situation through Twitter. How Aurélie used Twitter during this crisis should be an example for all institutions trying to get into the social media world. She was informative, responsive, human, funny, genuine… she got it, I thought.

    Aurélie has now become a friend and a member of the EU Girl Geeks. Please vote for her now! Not because she’s my friend but because she deserves to win. Go on this page, scroll down, it’s the last box at the end.

    You can also read Aurélie on her blog Content Bit(e)s, and follow her on Twitter.

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    June 13th, 2010EuropasionariaEurope

    The good thing about being of foreign descent is that when the Football World Cup comes up, you can support more than one team, which means you have more chances to win.

    I’m far from being a football fan. Some of the rules are still an utter mystery to me. But one thing is for sure, when it’s World Cup time and my mind is set up on one team, I turn into a real hooligan.

    So I felt like showing my support on Twitter by using a Twibbon. I started by adding the French flag to my avatar on Twitter. But looking at the poor result of France against Uruguay in its first game, I thought it would probably be a good idea to support more than one team. So I decided to add the Spanish flag to my avatar, as that’s where my father comes from. But that’s a little nationalistic so I thought I ought to add the flags of the countries I lived in and love i.e. the Netherlands and Belgium. However, as Belgium did not qualify, I put the Dutch flag only. Here’s the result:

    Come and do the same on : http://twibbon.com/worldcup !

    May the best team win! But if we could avoid Italy taking that position this time, it would be cool (very bad 2006 memory)

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