Meet @RobCottingham

Rob Cottingham Hello, Twitter person! Welcome to, and thanks for checking the site out. Here’s a little information about me:

My public speaking

…covers topics such as social media, personal communication and humour. From NetSquared to the Canadian Marketing Association, I’ve spoken to audiences on behalf of dozens of organizations. I’m proud that my trainings for the University of British Columbia’s Department of Continuing Studies have earned rave reviews from students and administrators, and I’ve just launched a social media course with Emily Carr University. Learn more about my public speaking, including how to book me for an event, here.

I have been drawing the Noise to Signal cartoon

…for more than three years now, covering digital technology, social media, business and the way we live today. It appeared weekly for several years on ReadWriteWeb, and has shown up in such places as The Huffington Post, Treehugger, PC World, the Consumer Reports blog,, the Seattle PI and The Register. You’ll find my cartoons in Shane Gibson and Stephen Jagger’s book Sociable, and in the upcoming book from SocialFish‘s Maddie Grant and Lindy Dreyer, Open Community. I also cartoon-blog for events and organizations – case in point: October’s BlogWorld Expo in Las Vegas, the biggest new media conference anywhere – and prepare custom cartoons for everything from presentations to documentation. Get in touch if you’d like to know more.

My company, Social Signal

… – co-founded with my wife, Alexandra Samuel – is a social media strategy firm that has helped such organizations as BC Hydro, Vancity and TechSoup. We help businesses and organizations plan engagements and build their own capacity to use social media to have genuine conversations with their publics. (And our blog has a ton of handy information and ideas about social media; you can read it here.) It’s a natural for me; I’ve been immersed in online communication for almost 30 years, dating from the days of bulletin board systems and 300-baud modems, and I started this blog in May 2001.

Thanks again for coming by. And feel free to drop me a line.

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