Last night’s social media surgery in Fountainbridge was very busy again, with nearly a dozen patients turning up for advice. Aside from a hairy moment at the start when it seemed as if we wouldn’t be able to get any of the computers to login, the session went well.
We had a group from the Fountainbridge New Writers Group, who meet regularly at the library, some of whom learnt about blogging; Iain Donaldson from Stenhouse, Saughton Main and Whiston Community Council, Judith Currie from The Centre of Health and Wellbeing, and Alex Stuart from Shandon Local Food Group.
I was very excited to meet David Rintoul, or “Mr.Tollcross” as he described himself. David seem to have been involved in setting up a bewildering number of community group websites, including Tollcross Community Council and pages for the Bruntsfield Links and Tollcross Traders. David now hopes to switch to using wordpress, and to get to grips with twitter.
Pol Steele, a local community activist who was nominated for a Talk Talk Digital Heroes award last year for his work with the “Save the Gorgie Mem” campaign also came along, and ended up helping out as a surgeon.
After the session, we spoke about local blogs and the loss of community newspapers around Edinburgh. Pol said that the closure of the Gorgie Dalry Gazette some years ago had had a devastating effect on the community, particularly for older people who used it as a primary source of local information – and he wished that people from the North Edinburgh News had been able to use testimony from people in Gorgie to help them in their recent, unsuccesful campaign to hold onto their core funding.
On a more positive note, he said that the Gorgie War Memorial Hall is doing well, and is working on a digital engagement plan. And he is also planning on relaunching a website for the local area soon.