Archive for ‘Digital in Manchester’

March 15, 2011

Twitter Followers Network Map

by Robert Ruggiero, @blobot

The data for this network map was obtained via Twitter.

We used arandom sample of 100 followers from each of the three networks: CING, Northern Digitals, Social Media Cafe. The overwhelming majority choose to list a location on their Twitter profiles. This informationwas extracted and visualised on the map. Locations within the UK were left as indicated on the follower’s profiles, in a few international cases, we chose to group them by country.

Identity is a contentious issue, even on the internet, hence the overlapping of locations (England and the UK, or Lancashire and North England).

Twitter Followers Network Map

Cool ha !? (Feel free to comment in a constructive way)

March 14, 2011

Meet you at the MadLab

by Ashley Allen

On a cold Tuesday night in February, looking for something interesting, and unique to do in Manchester, I stumbled into “MadLab” where a graphic-novel meet-up was underway. After shyly refusing some delicious looking pizza and taking in the minimalist white concrete, and comiccrazed atmosphere, I started to ponder all the potentials this practically hidden gem in the Northern Quarter, could offer.

The Manchester Digital Laboratory, affectionately known as “Mad-Lab” is a non-profit community hub which caters to ‘creative-types’ and technology-enthusiasts by providing a meet-up space for people to come together, share skills, and ideas.

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March 14, 2011

MCR map

by Martina Schwab, @00mascha

Some of Manchesters digital creatives hotspotsMap of hotspots for digital creative meetups in Manchester

March 13, 2011

What’s on?

@Social Media Cafe 

The Social Media Cafe is a monthly meetup for anyone and everyone interested in social media in Manchester to get together, share ideas and learn from each other.


A monthly meet up where digital creatives from in and around Manchester can get away from their screens and talk to other digital creatives over a pint


Creative Industries Networking Group organises monthly meet ups & a quarterly coffee club for creative professionals in the UK

Do you know other meetups and meetup places? Add them to our map (sign in to edit):

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March 7, 2011

Digital creatives – a proper name?

And what’s sex got to do with it?

By Andreas Wagner and Jeroen Van Looy
with thanks to Julian Tait

You hang out 8+ hours a day in one of the fancy urbanite’s wet dream café places with your laptop? You have neither a landline number nor an office address on you complementary card? Then you might already be a part of the edgy Mancunian scene of “digital creatives”. But be aware, among more traditional office slaves to the grind you could quickly earn a reputation as a happy go lucky information bubble multiplier.

Starting with a basic online information crawl, my hope of glancing upon a virtual manifesto of an aspiring new movement got slashed by google’s opinion of this phrase. There is none. Same counts for Wikipedia. I thought those to be the main sources for a general picture. But maybe I stumbled upon the first “rule” of the digital creatives: search it local, don’t generalize. Emerging groups in our world get too easily branded.

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