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Intro to Social Media Workshop

An event this next weekend, organized by PodCamp Pittsburgh:

Heard of blogging, but not quite sure what it is or how to do it?

Ever wonder what goes in a podcast and how you would listen to it?

Heard about Facebook, MySpace, and other websites but not sure where to even start?

The organizers of Podcamp Pittsburgh will conduct a basic session to give you an overview of what is called "New Media" or "Social Media". You’ll learn about these new forms of communication that are revolutionizing the way that ideas and thoughts are being communicated on the Internet.

After the session, the presenters will be available to answer questions and demonstrate concepts using laptop computers.

Register for the event on the library’s website (www.northlandlibrary.org) or by calling the Adult Reference Desk, 412-366-8100 X113.

Date: Saturday, September 27th
Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon.
Where: Northland Public Library – 300 Cumberland Rd., Pittsburgh PA 15237

Presented by organizers of Podcamp Pittsburgh (podcamppittsburgh.com)

I’ve involved in the periphery of this event — enough to know that the material is really useful and comprehensive for beginners, yet approachable and easy to understand. And it’ll be a great introduction to PodCamp Pittsburgh 3, coming in October!

Pittsburgh BlogFest 13

Get ready for the next round of that fine festivity we call the Pittsburgh BlogFest.

BlogFest is an informal and friendly quarterly gathering of local bloggers, vloggers, podcasters, and anyone who enjoys life on the Internet. It’s more happy hour than meeting: No talks will be given, no credentials required. There may be nametags, but that’s only because I’m terrible at remembering names.

WHAT: Pittsburgh Blogfest 13
WHEN: Friday, February 22, 2008, 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM and beyond
WHERE: Finnegan’s Wake (near PNC Park, 20 General Robinson St., North Shore, 412-325-2601), in the Pub Room
WHO: All local bloggers, vloggers, podcasters (and their friends!) and Pittsburgh Bloggers

Food and beverages will be available for purchase from Finnegan’s Wake, as always. Arrive when you like, leave when you must.

UPDATE/CLARIFICATION: Please note that our events in the Pub Room are smoke-free. The main bar area at Finnegan’s Wake, just on the other side of the door, allows smoking of course.

Please note that we’re gathering on a Friday evening this time around. We’ve received requests to vary the nights of these events, so that people who can’t go out on a work night can join in the fun, so we’re eager to see any new faces. And we’re equally eager to see old faces. Wear whatever face you have handy, and you will be welcome.

As always, if you plan to attend, please send an e-mail to "blogfest at-sign closkey dot com". I hope to see you there!

Saturday: BootCamp PGH

Why I’ve not been blogging these last few weeks: I’ve been helping organize a terrific event that will happen Saturday. To wit:

BootCamp PGH logo. Yes, the background is a citified camouflage, thanks for noticing.

BootCamp PGH is a free one-day, immersive "entry level" workshop designed to educate students, small businesses and corporate communications professionals on the power and possibilities of new media. (That is, blogging, podcasting, social networks, and the like.)

WHEN: Saturday, April 21, from 9 AM to 4 PM
WHERE: The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, 420 Boulevard of the Allies, 15219
WHO: New media experts, aspiring new media creators, communications and PR personnel, and you!
HOW MUCH: Free!

153 registered attendees and counting… Register today! Preregistration closes at 4pm Friday, April 20. Walk-ins are welcome but they’ll miss out on freebies and giveaways at the event. Find out more and register at the BootCamp PGH website.

I’m leading the Intro to Blogging session at 10am with my fellow Pittsburgh Bloggers Christina Schulman and Mike Woycheck. Lots of fun and useful information will be delivered. Then I’ll be hanging out in the Mentor Lounge much of the day, helping people try out what they’re learning and answering questions one-on-one. I hope to see you there!

Something To Be Desired

The STBD cast pleads for donationsSome nice press in today’s Post-Gazette about Pittsburgh’s own web-based soap comedy, Something To Be Desired:

"Something To Be Desired," or "STBD" for short, is a hybrid of sitcom and soap opera. Its characters live in Pittsburgh and mostly work at a fictional radio station –WANT-FM — which is going quickly down the tubes. Their lives, relationships, career struggles, roommate issues and other comic situations are the story arcs of the weekly Web-only series.

I found out about STBD only recently, when creator Justin Kowanacki and others organized PodCampPittsburgh, so I’m having to catch up with the characters and the stories. It’s good stuff, especially Season 4 — check it out, and if you like it send them some cash to keep going.