2012 Annual review: closing this blog

Posted by Mathew Lowry on 28/05/12

Time for my 3rd, and perhaps last, annual review. The idea of an Annual Review is to look back over the preceding 12 months of posts every May and to reflect on if and how my thinking on the European online public space had evolved to “ensure I develop new ideas, rather than repeating myself [...]

Defining the Bubble from different perspectives

Posted by Mathew Lowry on 18/05/12

Dear Ronny, Your comment to my comment to your post criticising my post was long enough – rather than adding an even longer comment to the end, I thought I’d offer myself a little more space and formatting by posting my reply here. I know you won’t mind because you don’t want me to stop [...]

Introducing the Brussels Bubble to some of its denizens (RTFB!, part 2; updated)

Posted by Mathew Lowry on 09/05/12

A while back I was invited to make a 10minute presentation to “Civil Society Day“, held at the EESC. Kwinten Lambrecht asked me to upload the ppt, and others asked for followup links, hence this post. I still haven’t decided whether I’m going to resurrect this blog yet (see previous post), however, so I won’t [...]

Happy Birthday, BloggingPortal(?)

Posted by Mathew Lowry on 25/01/12

Apparently tomorrow – apart from being Australia Day – is BloggingPortal’s 3rd birthday. What does it’s state tell us about the EU Online Public Space? How many more friends can I lose anyway? [Update: read a blogtour of 11 other posts celebrating this auspicious occasion] BloggingPortal’s USP is deceptively simple: if you want to know [...]

What “The Filter Bubble” means for the Brussels Bubble

Posted by Mathew Lowry on 25/07/11

“The Filter Bubble”, by MoveOn.org foreign policy director Eli Pariser, shows that the forces creating the Brussels Bubble are about to be reinforced by technology, operated invisibly – and with impunity – by a handful of companies. When I launched Blogactiv in 2007 I had some interesting experiences engaging with eurosceptics of the more rabid variety. [...]

Building a Blogosphere: any questions for a panel discussion? (updated)

Posted by Mathew Lowry on 12/06/11

Next Tuesday (14/6) I’ll be running a short panel with Gergely Polner, spokesman for the HU Presidency of the Council of EU, three other BloggingPortal editors  (Joe Litobarski, Alia Papageorgiou and Ronny Patz), and Dr Mark Pack, one of the editors of Lib Dem Voice in the UK, on “why there isn’t a bigger and [...]

Some stuff I should have read when it came out

Posted by Mathew Lowry on 29/05/11

If you’re like me and almost everyone else I know, you’ve got a To Do list overflowing with emails starred in various colours, Twitter favourites, starred RSS items, stuff bookmarked ‘Do’ or ‘In’ on diigo or delicious, unlistened-to-podcasts, unread books, unwatched documentaries, scribbled post-its and more. And you certainly haven’t got enough time to read [...]

2011 Annual Review

Posted by Mathew Lowry on 24/05/11

Time for my second Annual Review. Try to curb your enthusiasm. The idea of an Annual Review started last year with the BloggingPortal-inspired EU Blogging Carnival, held in May. I thought then it’d be interesting to look back over the preceding 12 months of posts and to reflect on if and how my thinking on [...]

Blogtour: The Hungarian Presidency opens up the Council (updated)

Posted by Mathew Lowry on 12/03/11

A few weeks before the Hungarian media storm broke late last year, the BloggingPortal editors were contacted by the (then upcoming) Hungarian Presidency team, seeking ideas for how they could cooperate with the Euroblogosphere. Being a loosely-at-best organised gang of volunteers, it took us a while to respond. To their immense credit, the Presidency team [...]

Can EU social media scale to the EU?

Posted by Mathew Lowry on 08/03/11

A while ago I posted (Not losing sight of the basics) the idea that EUROPA could suffer if the EU Institution’s limited online communications resources were refocused on social media. While social media offers the EU a great deal, this could be a serious problem, particularly given EUROPA’s importance to any EU social media strategy. [...]

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