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Counting down to Cairo…

As I mentioned last week, I’m working on the Imagine Cup World Finals at the moment.  I fly to Egypt tomorrow and to get you in the mood I thought I’d share these photos that I received over the weekend. It’s the start of the construction for the World Festival on July 7th.

It’s shaping up to be a pretty memorable event 🙂

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Roll on Cairo….

Written by Tom Murphy

June 29, 2009 at 2:53 pm

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Counting down to Cairo…

As I mentioned last week, I’m working on the Imagine Cup World Finals at the moment.  I fly to Egypt tomorrow and to get you in the mood I thought I’d share these photos that I received over the weekend. It’s the start of the construction for the World Festival on July 7th.

It’s shaping up to be a pretty memorable event 🙂

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Roll on Cairo….

Written by Tom Murphy

June 29, 2009 at 2:53 pm

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Living in the woods..

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Written by Tom Murphy

June 26, 2009 at 7:24 pm

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So what have I been up to?

imageGreetings.  Nearly four months since moving to the Pacific Northwest, and this blog has been very silent.  But with good reason, I’m pretty busy at work and pretty busy at home!

From a work perspective, one of my major current projects is our global student competition – the Imagine Cup.

image It’s a global student technology competition, which challenges students to use technology to solve many of the world’s toughest problems – namely the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals.

This year over 300,000 students from every corner of the world registered to compete and after local and regional competitions, 400 students will be travelling to Cairo next week for the world finals which take place from July 3-7, 2009.

It’s an incredibly interesting PR program and with our opening ceremony taking place at the Citadel and the closing ceremony taking place at the Pyramids, it’s got to be one of the most stunning PR backdrops of the year 🙂

We’re doing a lot of work with both traditional and social media and you can follow the competition online via:

Each year during the closing ceremony we announce the venue for the next year’s finals. To give you a flavor of what’s ahead in Cairo here’s the video from last year in Paris.

So if you’re in Cairo during the 3rd to the 7th of July give me a shout though I imagine I’ll be pretty busy…

Written by Tom Murphy

June 23, 2009 at 4:48 am

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Twitter Research: 10% of users account for 90% of Tweets…

Interesting blog post over on the Harvard Business Conversation Starter blog about the results of a piece of analysis on 300,000 Twitter users.

Of our sample (300,542 users, collected in May 2009), 80% are followed by or follow at least one user. By comparison, only 60 to 65% of other online social networks’ members had at least one friend (when these networks were at a similar level of development). This suggests that actual users (as opposed to the media at large) understand how Twitter works.

It seems men are more likely to follow other men and the 10% most prolific Twitter users account for 90% of the tweets.

Read more.

Written by Tom Murphy

June 3, 2009 at 11:07 pm

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Twitter Research: 10% of users account for 90% of Tweets…

Interesting blog post over on the Harvard Business Conversation Starter blog about the results of a piece of analysis on 300,000 Twitter users.

Of our sample (300,542 users, collected in May 2009), 80% are followed by or follow at least one user. By comparison, only 60 to 65% of other online social networks’ members had at least one friend (when these networks were at a similar level of development). This suggests that actual users (as opposed to the media at large) understand how Twitter works.

It seems men are more likely to follow other men and the 10% most prolific Twitter users account for 90% of the tweets.

Read more.

Written by Tom Murphy

June 3, 2009 at 11:07 pm

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How about a “win-win” for both of us?

As someone who has sat at both sides of the table, I found this pretty funny.

Of course given the side of the table I am currently sitting at, I would make the observation that this bears absolutely no resemblance to reality 🙂

But then I would say that wouldn’t I  🙂

Hat tip to Guy Clapperton via Twitter.

Written by Tom Murphy

June 2, 2009 at 6:01 pm

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