Rob’s blog

Ch-ch-ch-ch- Change Everything, powered by Vancity

Vancity, one of Social Signal's clients, is known for its commitment to building community. And now they've moved that commitment online, with their (and our) latest project: ChangeEverything.ca. Targeted to people living in Vancouver, the Lower Mainland and Victoria,...

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Learn the basics of speechwriting with Colin Moorhouse

Funny – we both live here in the Lower Mainland, yet I met Colin Moorhouse for the first time on the East Coast, at the Ragan Speechwriters Conference in Washington, DC. And now you can meet him too, thanks to his all-day speechwriting seminar on July 29th: "We Need...

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Really, really, REALLY didn’t get the joke

Ever wonder what would happen if someone came across one of The Onion's satirical pieces and mistook it for the real thing? Someone did. Titled "I'm Totally Psyched About This Abortion," the column was written seven years ago and adopts the voice of a teenager who's...

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For immediate release… and immediate disposal

Darren Barefoot took a deft swipe at the WeblogWire service, which purports to deliver your news release to the eyeballs of a gazillion bloggers at the click of a mouse (and a payment of $49 U.S.). He wrote a news release that announced his intention to pillory the...

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Crazy about WordPress? WordCamp’s just for you

Matt Mullenweg, the guy behind the WordPress open-source blogging platform, has just announced WordCamp: August 5th, 2006 is the date, here in the lovely town of San Francisco, California. The idea is a one day BarCamp-style free conference with a party that night....

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Tony Snow and the risks of speaking hypothetically

As reported in many quarters, including Mystery Pollster: Last Sunday, Bush press secretary Tony Snow speculated about what polls might have shown during World War II: "If somebody had taken a poll in the Battle of the Bulge, I dare say people would have said, 'Wow,...

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Job opportunity: Keep Social Signal’s projects on target

Social Signal is hiring a Web Production Manager: WHO WE ARE: Social Signal puts the web to work for social change, helping organizations turn online communities into a powerful force for progress. And we're looking for a web production manager who will organize our...

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Another Inconvenient clip

Using YouTube, Google Video and other video hosting sites as a way to generate viral buzz (especially from bloggers) for An Inconvenient Truth has been one of the filmmakers' most heads-up moves in a very savvy campaign. Behold the latest trailer:

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Prepare to be spun

If you have a blog, you've had to deal with everything from comment spammers to juvenile flame warriors. Well, brace yourself: your blog may soon pick up a new breed of online pest. According to the folks at Blanton's and Ashton's, paid commenters are now cruising the...

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Web of Change has a new (online) home

Web of Change, the annual gathering of wired change-makers at the Hollyhock Conference Centre, moved into its spiffy new site a few weeks ago. The site builders are Communicopia (say, that's their second mention in as many posts), and the project leader is Sarah...

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