London Social Media Cafe redux – what goes around…

I woke this morning to a tweet from Joanna Geary suggesting that I “might dispute your first status” – huh? It turns out Desi Velikova is starting an event next month called “London Social Media Cafe” and was tweeting to people: “We’re organising the first London Social Media Cafe and thought you might be interested” – the site refers to the Birmingham and Toronto SMCs as inspiration but makes no direct reference to our work.

Although I was initially riled, once I’d had a coffee and looked through it all again, I saw there was nothing to get hung-up about. As I said, nearly 5 years ago, “I own nothing here”.

Just to set the record straight so no-one has to dig through blogs and wikis or actually talk to someone to find out the answer – the thing that we now call Tuttle or the Tuttle Club started out as the London Social Media Cafe. I wrote about it first on 8th August 2007. In the early days we used a wiki at Soon after people found that #tuttle was much less of a mouthful than #LondonSMC and we got on with the important business of talking to each other, building relationships and having a laugh rather than worrying about what we were called.

Good Luck with it, Desi!

somewhere dot com

I’ve been playing with the new, shiny, social, work-oriented, doo-dah at  and I really like it.

The good thing for me is that it accepts me the way I am.  It doesn’t try to put me in any pigeon-holes, there are no drop-down boxes or categories for me to fill in, I don’t have to make up a job description or deal with out-dated assumptions about how work works.

It’s a kind of microblog about my work.  I post (create “sparks” in the lingo) either to “Share Your Work” – which asks me “What are you working on right now?”  or else I can answer a seemingly endless stream of questions such as “How do you communicate with your team?” or “Where would you love to work?”.

A spark has a maximum of 250 characters and it *must* also contain an image (from your HD, flickr, instagram or FB).

You can follow people and “like” sparks.  You can include @users and #tags and hyperlinks in a spark if you’ve enough room.

It’s building up an interesting portfolio of the stuff I do and most importantly it helps me share my process as much as my products – which is great for those times when there’s a whole load of process going on, but seemingly no product.  That helps me remember that I am still working, and it keeps others aware of the things that go on in the background, things that I might not normally share because they’re not “ready” or “finished”.

So I commend it to you.  Have a look at my profile to see the sorts of things I’ve done with it.  I’m a big fan of Austin Kleon’s work too and he has a page here.  You’ll need to join in order to follow and like and post yourself, but it’s invite-only (I have some invite codes, so drop me a line if you can’t wait to jump in there).

“Something’s going to happen”


I’m still playing with animations. There are a bunch directly from London Terminus and other British Council Films including some tracings.

Then there are the things like the one above which is a single image repeated several times with minor amendments and then looped. It’s called “boiling” apparently.

Iterations, circles, going round again just with a little difference.  If you haven’t seen “Inside Llewyn Davis” yet, please do.

I showed today’s batch to a friend and she said “It looks like something’s going to happen”. And yes it does, there’s a kind of constant winding up of potential. But nothing ever does. It just keeps going round in circles. Or something.