Nope, nothing to see here folks….
Updated: April 2015
Moved along the SouthBank a little to the National Theatre’s new cafe space called “kitchen”. And we got us a Facebook Page since y’know people seem to like that way of finding out about stuff. Nothing else has changed!
These days we’re on Level 5 of the Royal Festival Hall. Still no agenda, still Fridays, still 10 till noon-ish. Just come and bring a pal and have a chat.
In summer months or if it’s warm we
usually go out onto the balcony area. might sit out on the patio! You might like to pick up a coffee down on Level 2 before you come upstairs (or of course you may not!)
See you soon.
I woke this morning to a tweet from Joanna Geary suggesting that I “might dispute your first status” – huh? It turns out Desi Velikova is starting an event next month called “London Social Media Cafe” and was tweeting to people: “We’re organising the first London Social Media Cafe and thought you might be interested” – the site refers to the Birmingham and Toronto SMCs as inspiration but makes no direct reference to our work.
Although I was initially riled, once I’d had a coffee and looked through it all again, I saw there was nothing to get hung-up about. As I said, nearly 5 years ago, “I own nothing here”.
Just to set the record straight so no-one has to dig through blogs and wikis or actually talk to someone to find out the answer – the thing that we now call Tuttle or the Tuttle Club started out as the London Social Media Cafe. I wrote about it first on 8th August 2007. In the early days we used a wiki atlondonsocialmediacafe.pbworks.com Soon after people found that #tuttle was much less of a mouthful than #LondonSMC and we got on with the important business of talking to each other, building relationships and having a laugh rather than worrying about what we were called.
Good Luck with it, Desi!
(cross-posted from Perfect Path)
So I thought we’d move Tuttle over to the Barbican just for the month of August. Meetup in the foyer, there’s a Costa Coffee and lookout for me and anyone else you might know :)
Probably back to RFH again afterwards, but who knows what opportunities may arise?!
It’s back, even though it never really went away! Five years ago, a few of us were pushing around the idea of y’know getting people together on a regular basis who otherwise were hanging out in cyber-social-media-space. There were some experiments in late 2007 & early 2008 but The first regular prototype of the London Social Media Cafe at the Coach & Horses was on February 15th 2008 and before long it was known as the Tuttle Club (#tuttle on teh twitter) and it’s happened every Friday apart from Christmastime shenanigans ever since.
Going to #tuttle has been blamed for anything from hair loss, hair gain, meeting future work colleagues, meeting future partners, meeting future ex-partners, meeting users of your software, meeting heroic developers of software you love, but mostly having an excitable natter about internet’n’media’n’learning’n’stuff during work hours, drinking far too much coffee and tweeting about what a fab time you’re having.
#Tuttle has had many homes in the last five years and now it’s moving again. I’m going to pitch up on the 5th Floor at the Royal Festival Hall, from 10am to midday, this Friday, January 4th 2013 and drink coffee and chat with whomever turns up. As always the rule is that if two or more (yes, including me!) are there, then the event is a success, if any more of you come along, it’ll be just dandy! Just remember that you can get coffee on Level 2 (riverside) before you make the long slog up the stairs or in the lift.
Assuming that it works out (what could possibly go wrong?) we’ll carry on doing it here until we get bored again.
OK? See you Friday.
(photo credit: Josh Russell CC BY-NC-SA)
(Cross-posted from Perfect Path)
We meet every Friday from 10am to midday-ish at the Centre for Creative Collaboration, 16 Acton St, London WC1X 9NG. Everyone’s welcome.
Searching for #tuttle on twitter will always give you the most up-to-date idea of what’s going on.
If you’ve been at Tuttle over the past few weeks, you’ll have heard Lloyd talk about the new rota to make sure that the different things that have to happen to enable Tuttle to function each Friday actually get done.
We started off with a sign-up sheet – that’s right, a real piece of paper! – but we’ve now added this as a page on the wiki.
There are six different tasks, although one of those – opening up the building – is usually done by Brian (since he has the keys!). The others are
- welcome, meet and greet – making sure that newcomers, guests and everyone else is made to feel welcome and comfortable
- coffee and tea-maker – making sure that there is sufficient coffee and hot water for tea throughout the morning
- tidying up – making sure that the space is kept tidy and clean
- announcements – collecting and making the 11am community announcements
- looking after coffee money – rattling the tin and counting any money donated
Just because you sign up for a task on a particular Friday doesn’t mean that it is your sole responsibility – there are usually lots of people to help make coffee and tidy up. We just want to make sure someone says they’ll do it so the same people don’t have to do it every week.
You can sign up to do one or more tasks on one or more Fridays on the service rota page of the wiki. Please take the time to do so if you can – it is down to us to make Tuttle happen each week!