Dear Tuttle.101 Medway/Kent Community

Tuttle.101 at The Deaf Cat Coffee Bar (Rochester, Kent)

Photo: Tuttle.101 at The Deaf Cat Coffee Bar (Rochester)
Original photo taken and licensed by @fellowcreative

A few announcements/questions if I may please:

  1. Running since October 2009, with 7 monthly Tuttle’s now under our belt, and a host of community tweets and opinions about local government initiatives it appears that our enthusiastic community of conversation, connection and expertise is gaining some notice. Following recent conversations with Medway Council and some of our community’s attendance at Kent County Council’s recent TransformedByYou Event, we’ve been approached with an awesome question/opportunity and I’d love to hear your thoughts please…

    <Please note that I (Carl) have paraphrased the statement below from two emails>

    Hi Carl,

    Hope you’re keeping well? Wondered if you might have some thoughts on the following please:

    Medway Council would like to engage local (Medway or nearby) web and digital enthusiasts to get their feedback on our website re-development progress thus far. After going out to tender a few months ago, we’d really like the opportunity to talk about the evidence/knowledge we have of our web audience and explain what’s happening next in our project; including wireframe testing for key user journeys etc. We’re not sure how this would be received and wouldn’t want to be thought to be hi-jacking or taking over tuttle.101 but we’d love to engage in a way that fits with the community – whether that’s an existing tuttle.101 event or doing something specific for this purpose. Any thoughts please?

    ~ Simon Wakeman,
    Head of Communications and Marketing,
    Medway Council


  2. Due to the growing popularity and success’s of Tuttle.101 & Tipple.101 I’m pleased to say we’re currently fixing dates for May – the dates and venues are yet to be confirmed but a simple eNewsletter/MailChimp system is being designed to make it easier to stay Up-To-Date – please email: subscribe101@fellow.ventures with you’re details if you’d like the be added to the community mailing list.
  3. On behalf of all the Tuttle.101 April attendees I’d like to say a big thank you to Laura and Kevan at The Deaf Cat Coffee Bar for providing us with a venue at such short notice – the photo above shows just how great a venue it is and here’s a video to convey the musical ambiance – I’d also like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to Natasha @NatashaSexton and James @BecomeKnown for organizing the April Events!
  4. There have been various discussions at Tuttle & Tipple of late in regards to the development of a Rochester co-working group and concepts relating to Floor101.org – with these in mind, and in support of Star Wars Day (May the 4th be with you!) and Dan Thompson’s #EmptyShops on Flickr initiative I’d like to announce the idea of a May bike-ride through Gillingham, Chatham, Rochester & Strood to take photos and geo-tag (map-out) all the EmptyShops on route – with the aim of creating a GoogleMashup along the lines of (example A) or (example B) for #EmptyShops in Medway. I’m currently thinking about doing this on Saturday 22nd May 2010 – who’s up for it? B

Perpetual BETA: this sites 2010 to-do list

This site launched in May 2009, it has so far received a total of 21,695 views (according to WordPress Blog Stats 12/12/09) but due to client commitments and other projects its not yet finished, but it launched as it means to continue, in a state of perpetual BETA and creative development.

Below is the remaining to-do-list; and there’s still bigger Open-Source plans for the widget sidebar (right). Please do feel free to leave comments, feedback and ideas – constructive criticism is always appreciated – thank you in advance =)

Still To-Do:

  • Finalize content, copy-writing and video uploads to help explain ‘What We Do’.
  • Finish/Upload the latest Credentials document to display ‘Latest Work’ (including Design & Branding, Social-Tech in Education, Strategic Campaign Planning, Vehicle Livery and Academic Keynote Speaking… to name but a few things).
  • Develop ‘Latest Endeavors’ into ‘Endeavor Blog’ and enhance Article Navigation, Search and Archive functions (potential WordCloud favourites feature), plus show ‘number of comments’ and ‘published dates’ in preview mode.
  • UK/US dictionary options – comments and endeavor (endeavour) ?
  • Add dates to blog posts with a CC auto-licensing feature
  • Add a ‘scroll up – back to top of page tab’ [influenced by Toggle site]
  • Add/adjust legal/disclaimer/socialmediapolicy info to blog – see blog discloser policy – also develop a short t&c reference link for email footer:
    […] Disclaimer: the following post is in draft format, much of the information needs clarification and my thoughts fell from my fingers into the keyboard without much consideration for the good work already being done – the following is not meant to be taken literally and it is not meant to dis-colour any local, government or academic authorities and initiatives – its simply my honest opinion and open thinking because that’s what blogs are for right? […]

    […] This email (which includes any files transmitted with it) is confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual to whom it is addressed.

    If you are not the intended recipient, be advised that you have received this email in error and that any use, dissemination, forwarding, printing,

    or copying of this email is strictly prohibited. If you have received this email in error please notify Fellow™ by telephone on [.…]

    […] Email listing and data terms – emails will never be sold or distributed […]

  • Develop a clear Social Media Policy and Online Participation Guidelines <great start from Carl Haggerty!
  • Develop menu system (see dropdown header at fastco)
  • Site currently runs User Agent (WordPress Mobile Edition), must check bug issue with DotMobi
  • Investigate iPad version – current CSS has a bug which doesn’t allow scroll – and check this list! http://www.apple.com/ipad/ready-for-ipad)
  • Investigate Android/RIM/Tablet compatibility
  • Prepare EU Cookie Directive/Audit for ‘Essential Cookies (User Login, etc)’ and ‘Non-essential Cookies and Behaviour Tracking (Google Analytics, Social share Buttons etc)’ – see Cookie Law and Simple Wired Guide
  • Consider/integrate a Tiny URL service (useful consideration/reference)
  • Reconsider Phreadz functions
  • Make Right Sidebar Collapsible/Minimizable (Eg. Less Intrusive)
  • Create *Responsive* Design/Dynamic UX/UI (resize browser exampleA and exampleB)
  • Add Lightbox functionality to Flickr Widget.
  • Adjust/Create ‘Play-Audio-Within-Widget’ functions for the AudioBoo and Blip Widgets
  • Adjust retweets icon – incorporate http://tweetmeme.com functionality
  • Remove gap between tweet icon / comments header and comment panel
  • Restyle comment and pingpack functions to add threaded commenting (*visual inspiration here* and system http://js-kit.com) and highlight own replies to community (Inspiration: http://personalmba.com/business-school-top-four  and  http://tweetsuite.ihatemornings.com)
  • Look at gravatar integration
  • Google+ integration ?
  • Style PingBack Function (it currently kicks widget sidebar to the right)
  • Develop fully customizable Widget-Set and release as OpenSource for WordPress
  • Structure & re-assign all my registered domain names to support additional SEO
  • Remove Seesmic button and add a related Quora Answer button.
  • Work out a *page moving system/plugin* that doesn’t create dead links or dead google SEO urls
  • Add ‘keyword related suggestions’ to the FailWhale 404 page – help users find the right content
  • Incorporate Campaign Monitor / MailChimp functionality
  • Develop animated Avatar (http://fromme-toyou.tumblr.com/tagged/gif)
  • Investigate WPMU & BuddyPress stuff like CAPTCHA etc…––Also look to add some links to inspirational/respected blogs:

 

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Fellow Trustees Concept

As a gregarious Fellow who gets about quite a lot, I am fortunate to know a large number of diversely talented individuals and companies. So much so that I have never had to contact a recruitment agency to find someone with a particular skill set.


Although I often feel such a network has formed itself quite naturally, when I launched the Fellow brand I did consciously set out to meet gifted individuals that I might collaborate with and even be able call upon when and if I needed to. The name Fellow was born from the concept of exacting standards, academic connection, and a professional commitment to question everything and develop over time – but also the idea that I am a fellow creative, part of a larger community of talented individuals driving the future of technology, communications and creative disciplines forward into an uncertain future.

Many of the people I have met over the last few years have helped to shape what Fellow has ultimately become. I once read that Einstein wasn’t born a genius, he forged himself into one by surrounding himself with exceptionally smart people. I might be about as far removed from Einstein as a scruffy creative type can get, but we do share one thing in common: I am also surrounded by exceptional people.

Over the last few months, people from places like Tuttle, Tweetups, BarCamp and my broader social web have been getting in contact asking if I know anyone who can develop, say, widgets for this or a design for that. In each case I’ve been able to make those connections.

With this in mind, I am proud to launch Fellow Trustees.

The concept is very simple. The people and companies on this list I whole-heartedly recommend. They are exceptional at what they do and conduct themselves with absolute professionalism. I trust them enough to align my Fellow brand with them. They are Fellow Trustees.

If you are thinking about talking to a creative recruitment agency to help fulfill a project, I would say check out the individuals and companies on the following lists first (in time I may even develop some relevant twitter lists too but some of my recommended connections can’t be found on twitter).

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