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    January 16th, 2011EuropasionariaLife

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    January 12th, 2011EuropasionariaBrussels, Euroblogosphere

    There were lots of familiar faces at the Butterfly Europe event this afternoon.

    © Joseph Boss

    When you are an EU geek -by that I mean a person who is both active in EU affairs and in social media- you tend to attend any single event that talks about both. And as social media is the “it” subject in the EU bubble at the moment, there have been many of these events in Brussels in the past months. So when you are an EU geek, you tend to always see the same people around, be it online or offline. As Antonia and a few of us EU geeks put it today on Twitter, at the Butterfly Europe event, the usual suspects were attending and some of them were speakers too. We are indeed a bubble inside the bubble. No surprise there: the EU bubble is already small enough that the group of people in this bubble who are also passionate about social media is inevitably smaller.

    Amongst the EU geeks usual suspects who attended Butterfly Europe, there was a shared impression that the discussions turned around in circles, and that somehow, any event we go to talks about the same things amongst the same people. Being of optimistic nature, I look at things in a different way.

    First, if we get the impression that nothing new is said in the social media events we go to, well that’s actually a good sign for us on a personal level. It means we know our stuff! As early adopters of social media in the EU bubble, we are and always will be ahead of others who are only starting to develop an interest in it.

    Then, of course the usual suspects were there. We know each other, appreciate each other and naturally gather and chat when we are at these kind of events. Here comes the bubble effect… but gladly, there were also plenty of new people at this event, let their tweeting commence!

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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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    January 9th, 2011EuropasionariaBest of the Web, Politics

    I’ve found this amazing video on Macarena’s blog, La oreja de Europa. In just a few minutes it tells you what the hell is going on in Belgium and it’s also incredibly funny. Good stuff, Belgium!

    Do you want to know more about Belgium? (subtitled NL/FR) from Jerome de Gerlache on Vimeo.

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    January 6th, 2011EuropasionariaEurope, Girl Power

    I’ve found on Un Européen jamais content this promotional video of Hungary, sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Hungary. According to that footage, the Hungarians invented a lot of useful stuff such as the automatic gearbox, the autoexposure still camera, the refrigerator, the articulated bus, the soft contact lenses, gramophone records, Excel, and the colour TV set.

    Wow! What a great country, right?

    I liked this video. I thought it was good. Very good promotion indeed… until minute 6:45 where after informing us about all the great things Hungarian men invented they tell us, randomly, that… they also have “the most beautiful women on earth”! First, that’s probably far from true. Then, why do they need to say that exactly? Is that a touristic attraction? It’s totally out of place. Sorry, it completely ruined it for me.

    PS: I love Hungary. Fun people, good food, great wines, fantastic lake Balaton, and also the ugliest men on earth… just kidding 😉

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    January 4th, 2011EuropasionariaQuote of the week

    The euro blogo/twitter/facebook sphere is a resonance chamber for sufficiently switched on EU institution actors to assess just how hollow their words can sound.

    Can Web 2.0 help save the EU from itself?, posted on the IABC’s Ning

    Next Web2EU event is on 17 February. Are you coming? Web2EU is where EU geeks meet – and where the EU Girl Geeks actually met in real life for the first time.

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    January 4th, 2011EuropasionariaLife

    This is an incredibly motivating video and all of that in only 1:18 minutes.

    I’ve found it on Céline Camoun‘s blog, which I’ve just discovered and that I highly recommend!

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