Okeh, Demetrio said he was going to Google “Main Street 2.0” and see who was blogging about it. However, these techie types always seem to find time to search for their name too and I’m betting Demetrio may find a double draw on this post.
Demetrio gave a presentation on using social media and on-line communication to promote your main street, or downtown district, at the Main Street 2.0 Conference. He works at Community Media Workshop, also found at “newstips.org“. I guess if I were to try to summarize their mission, it would be to help the voiceless find their voices through new media. (continued)
Early in his presentation he argued that communities are based on meaningful relationships. He quoted Rollo May as viewing community building as reaching understanding and mutual valuing. (It was not that different from Governor Quinn’s later remarks that to build community your should follow the saying “Early to bed, early to rise, work really hard, and organize”.) His efforts are to achieve shared meaning within communities through technology.
And Griff and Tracy, that’s where he got to the Twittering. He outlined the evolution of on-line communication from e-mail, through Facebook and blogging, to Twittering.
So, if I want to keep evolving, I better stop throwing bones at monoliths and start Twittering instead.