Two days in the blog — Social networking gurus to attend Blogtalk this month

Social media experts and social networking enthusiasts will descend on NUI Galway from 26-27 August for BlogTalk, an international event to discuss current online trends and future developments in social media.

The event will bring together different groups of people using and advancing the Internet and its usage: technical and conceptual developers, researchers with interdisciplinary backgrounds, and practitioners alike. It is designed to initiate a dialog among users, developers, researchers and others who share, analyse and enjoy the benefits of social software. The focus is on social software as an expression of a culture that is based on the exchange of information, ideas and knowledge, and moreover how we understand social software as a new way of relating people to people and to machines and vice versa. In the spirit of the free exchange of opinions, links and thoughts, organiser John Breslin wishes to engage a wide range of participants in this discourse.

BlogTalk 2010 will be two days of meetings, discussions, and exchanges of research, with attendees sharing their experiences, opinions, software developments, and tools.

BlogTalk will be held on the NUI Galway campus and will consist of keynote talks, discussion panels, and plenty of networking opportunities for those attending. The invited keynote talks will be given by Stowe Boyd, an authority on social tools and originator of the term ‘advisory capital’; Dan Gillmor, a noted Silicon Valley journalist, author of We the Media, and director of the Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship; and Don Thibeau, director of OpenID, an easy and safe login system for websites used by Yahoo, Google and many others.

Other notable speakers include Blaine Cook, former lead developer with Twitter and now with BT; Charles Dowd, manager for Facebook’s Platform Operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa; and Ade Oshineye, developer advocate with the Google Social Web team.

Some of the topics to be discussed will include: the need for a new kind of media literacy in our increasingly networked age; how businesses and third parties can benefit from the Facebook Platform by integrating Facebook with their own services; ensuring that citizens can trust that their identity and data is being protected by government websites; and new research data from NUI Galway illustrating how Twitter has gone beyond early adopters and trend followers to become a mature service with a constant growth rate.

Irish social media gurus will also give talks, including Darragh Doyle, communications manager with; Fergus Hurley, founder and CEO of the Silicon Valley startup Clixtr; and Ted Vickey, former executive director at the White House Athletic Center and a frequent speaker on LinkedIn. Galway native Mr Hurley will talk about his experiences in setting up a consumer Internet startup in Silicon Valley, raising money from venture capitalists and what he has learnt from the journey. Ted Vickey will help attendees learn how to get maximum impact for their CV using the LinkedIn business networking site.

The evolution of open spaces for collaborative creative activities will also be covered, using the Galway-based 091 Labs as an example. Conference chair John Breslin says: “This is a great opportunity to learn from the experts on social networks and to imagine about what is coming down the road in terms of social media. Also, the schedule has been arranged so that there will be plenty of time to meet the speakers and other like-minded people.”

Early bird registration is open at until Wednesday, August 18, and costs €149 for two days (€99 for students and unemployed ). There is also a special hotel rate of €89 available for the nights of August 26 and 26 with The House Hotel; just quote BlogTalk when booking.

The event is being sponsored by, a campus start-up company blogging about the future of social media, and the NUI Galway Millennium Fund.

More information: Contact: John Breslin Tel: 086 7292622


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