Vancouver Blogger Meetup: Social Media Etiquette Panel

Posted on May 28, 2009


Vancouver Blogger Meetup

Vancouver Blogger Meetup by Miss604

Vancouver’s Blogger’s Meetup this month features a panel containing (as if she can be contained) yours truly, Shane Gibson of ClosingBigger, Raul Pacheco of Hummingbird604, and moderated by social media maven Colleen Coplick of Wantsa.

We’ve been talking about doing this panel since Northern Voice put out their call for talks (November? Something like that) and it’s high time it happened. Starting as an intense debate on Twitter (generously archived by Isabella Mori) it grew into a virtual manifesto. Raul’s background is academic, mine is “social media for social change,” and Shane’s is professional, while Colleen comes from a PR background. These are very different perspectives to have on how the norms of acceptable behavior are formed on social media, and this will definitely be an event that’s full of surprises.

Below is the agenda for the meetup. Starts at 6:00pm (SIX) regardless of when the site says it starts.


608 Dunsmuir
Vancouver, BC V6B 1Y6


6:00-6:15 pm – Welcoming remarks (Raul)
6:15-7:00 pm – Shane, Lorraine and Raul opening commentary
7:00-7:45 pm – Discussion and moderation (Colleen and panel)
7:45-8:15 pm – Open discussion


Rules, Norms and Web 2.0: Etiquette in an Era of Evolutionary Social [Dis]Organization

Etiquette is frequently seen as a constraining set of behavioral rules, delineating what behaviors are appropriate within a certain social arena and which are not. But in a context of online multiverses, each with its own culture and demographic, what is truly the “right” thing, and how can we know it? Culture clashes and rapid evolution of social norms are ubiquitous in social media: why? What is appropriate etiquette? Is it portable across platforms? What are the ‘right’ kind of rules and norms in an unruly arena such as the online social media world? The participants in this panel will engage in a conversation about what constitutes etiquette, whether or not it relates to a moral imperative, whether it emerges as self-appointed leaders create specific sets of norms and discuss the evolution of etiquette in emergent social media. The implications for codes of behavior and etiquette in Web 2.0 are also discussed.

There is no cost to attend or obligation to order food or drinks; if you do order, we’ll have separate bills.

Hope to see you there!

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