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The internet is a cruel place

December’s SMC_MCR – Nigel Barlow

Paul Stokes,co founder of the Daily Mash,was the guest of honour at the third anniversary meeting of Manchester’s social media cafe last week.

The Daily Mash can claim to be the UK’s first satirical website,launched by former Scotsman business editor Stokes and Neil Rafferty,a former political correspondent for the Sunday Times
Stokes told the audience at the Northern Quarter’s Matt and Phred’s that the Mash started as a a way to stop him getting fired from the traditional media.

Launched in 2007,nine people now write for the Mash which tries to publish four to five spoof stories a day.

Stokes described his site as “ a joke delivery system” or “the press association in a parallel universe”

Has he had much problem with libel? Well he answered,”we have never had to take a story down and only once were we threatened with being sued”

Indeed,added the co-founder,”with libel the things you get sued for are not what you would expect to be sued adding another piece of advice “never compare anyone to Hitler”

Surprisingly as least to some members of the audience,the interaction of social media is something that the site has tended to shy away from.Instead it is simply used as a broadcast system.

The secret to their success? being funny about topical stuff because people are already talking about it and would like to add some humour to their conversation.

But as Stokes adds,”the internet is a cruel place….you will soon find out if you are not funny”

Pick and Mix at the SMC_MCR

Pick and Mix brought together six people who had either created a new digital product or where working in an emergent field. It was an opportunity to explore these innovations, ask questions and get under the bonnet of their creations. Continue reading

Got a cool, innovative digital product? Show it off at the next #SMC_MCR

Do you have a cool digital product that you are developing? If so SMC_MCR would like to hear from you to participate in our next event on Tuesday 4th October

Pick and Mix is a chance to see the cool products that people are developing in the Manchester digital community. The format of the event is along the lines of traditional SMC events where we ask six people/companies to show, garner interest and get feedback on the products that they are developing.

If you fancy talking about your innovation in front of a friendly crowd of digitally minded Manchester folk drop us a line at admin(at)

Image credit: Andreavalejos

#SMC_MCR needs a new logo. Could you design it?

While the relaunch of #SMC_MCR has gone well, one thing we still haven’t got is a new logo. Our existing one is three years old and it’s time for a change.

We want a logo that embodies digital innovation in Manchester, and we’re looking to the community to come up with something great that really shows SMC_MCR in the best possible light. In order for it work best as an icon on social networking services, the logo or a version of it should also be square

How you interpret the brief is completely up to you, but here’s how it will work:

  • Save your design as a .jpg, .gif or .png file.
  • Upload it to the special gallery on our brand new Facebook page. Anyone who ‘Likes’ the page will be able to upload to it.
  • Others can then browse the uploaded designs and ‘Like’ the one(s) they want to win.
  • Finally, the core organisation team for SMC_MCR (Julian, Josh and me) will decide the winner from a shortlist of the five designs with the most ‘likes’.
The deadline for submissions is 5pm on 11 November 2011. The winning design will be displayed on our website, Twitter account, Facebook page and other locations. We look forward to seeing what you come up with!

The Twitterstream from #smc_mcr

The Twitterstream from the ‘Riots and Social Media’ debate is under. It starts five minutes into the debate but gives a flavour of the very active conversation taking place. You will need to scroll to the bottom of the page to get the earliest tweet. Continue reading

SMC_MCR riots and social media debate

Our friends at Littlestar have now made the debate from Tuesday 6th September available online.

Volunteering for SMC_MCR

SMC_MCR is run by a group of people who are passionate about what digital technology and social media can do. Since 2008, SMC_MCR has been run by a core of volunteers and now with the relaunch there is an opportunity for more people to get involved and shape how SMC_MCR evolves.

If you have an interest and feel that you can contribute in the following areas contact us on admin(at) or catch either Julian, Josh or Martin at an event.

We are looking for people who can help with:

• Venue liaison and booking
• Programming
• Event management
• Blogging and awareness (PR)
• Membership management
• Sponsorship