Stronger Together – Weaker Apart: The Twitter Stream #stwa

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Were you there? Was it worthwhile? Can we work together to ensure that this trade of ours has a viable future?

Certainly the feedback I’ve received so far has been positive, and the twitter stream emerging during the day looked hopeful: copied below. Now we watch and wait for the official lowdown; but in the meantime I find myself wondering why — with all the resources of CRE available — there was no official twitter stream, no blog, not even a facebook page to keep the vast majority of us who couldn’t attend informed.

Even now the official christianresourcestogether.co.uk website seems to be nothing more than a barebones holding page and I find myself, like SuperSimbo, wanting to shout “Wake up!” — social media are here to stay and if the UK trade fails to embrace them then we will go the way of the dinosaurs. Steve Mitchell’s final tweets on the day are particularly telling:

So #stwa is over, good sense of wanting to work together from all parts of the trade, nice to see people, who were kind to us ex STL folk. However I did get the sense that some are hanging on to the old world of traditional bookselling. They are in my prayers.

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Utb_gen_normal unicorntreebks @SCRMitchell hanging on to trad bookselling how? new old idea’s or just old old idea’s. or just general resistance to change? #stwa
12 Jan 2010 from web
Img_0208_normal SCRMitchell However I did get the sense that some are hanging on to the old world of traditional bookselling. They are in my prayers. #stwa
12 Jan 2010 from TweetDeck
Img_0208_normal SCRMitchell So #stwa is over, good sense of wanting to work together from all parts of the trade, nice to see people, who were kind to us ex STL folk
12 Jan 2010 from TweetDeck
Utb_gen_normal unicorntreebks Pipe dreaming, I’d like some sort b&m/online initiative, either collab. publisher driven ala crown site idea or poss eden @LSTBookshop #stwa
12 Jan 2010 from web
Utb_gen_normal unicorntreebks @LSTBookshop Yep, now for follow on. One of the things I would quite like to see is less predatory pricing, or for at least matching% #stwa
12 Jan 2010 from web
Lstbookshop_normal LSTBookshop @unicorntreebks #stwa looking good so far, seems to be some joined-up thinking emerging…
12 Jan 2010 from Twitterrific
Utb_gen_normal unicorntreebks so whats your thinking @LSTBookshop my good man on the idea’s of #stwa I have to say I like the idea of more author interaction
12 Jan 2010 from web
Utb_gen_normal unicorntreebks #stwa tweet followers – shall we huddle and chat and share as well? not quite the same but nice and interactive. big thanks to Steve btw.
12 Jan 2010 from web
Img_0208_normal SCRMitchell Now breaking into small groups for futher discussion #stwa
12 Jan 2010 from TweetDeck
Utb_gen_normal unicorntreebks #stwa it is great to see more motility between suppliers/booksellers/authors! be good to see bookseller/bookseller too! working together :0)
12 Jan 2010 from web
Img_0208_normal SCRMitchell Attendance split 50/50 retailers and suppliers#stwa
12 Jan 2010 from TweetDeck
Utb_gen_normal unicorntreebks #stwa good idea about more interaction between authors & booksellers – I would love to do more events with authors & writing seminars/groups
12 Jan 2010 from web
Img_0208_normal SCRMitchell Question from floor about creating more dialogue between authors & booksellers, CRE asking are they going the right way? #stwa
12 Jan 2010 from TweetDeck
Img_0208_normal SCRMitchell RT @SCRMitchell: Association of Christian writer asking for more involvement in trade events. #stwa
12 Jan 2010 from TweetDeck
Img_0208_normal SCRMitchell Open forum Q&A starting #stwa
12 Jan 2010 from TweetDeck
Martin_2_normal mdeadman Possibility of other trade events at other regional cre’s #stwa
12 Jan 2010 from Echofon
Martin_2_normal mdeadman Free entry to cre and fast track entry. #stwa
12 Jan 2010 from Echofon
Martin_2_normal mdeadman Evening includes buffet reception & awards- guest spkr rob parsons #stwa
12 Jan 2010 from Echofon
Img_0208_normal SCRMitchell There will also be a retailers day at CRE in Sandown park in esher the week after, Inc trade forum & rob parsons speaking #stwa
12 Jan 2010 from TweetDeck
Martin_2_normal mdeadman Retailers dAy at cre includes retailers & suppliers forum. #stwa
12 Jan 2010 from Echofon
Martin_2_normal mdeadman 150 spaces price £94 if booked by 19 march#stwa
12 Jan 2010 from Echofon
Img_0208_normal SCRMitchell Cost £94 before 19/3 for Ba members #stwa
12 Jan 2010 from TweetDeck
Martin_2_normal mdeadman Guest speakers & artists at high Leigh- cathy burton, eric delve #stwa
12 Jan 2010 from Echofon
Martin_2_normal mdeadman Some awards at high Leigh some at cre #stwa
12 Jan 2010 from Echofon
Img_0208_normal SCRMitchell Agenda inc speakers, workshops, seminars, supplier presentations, prayer room, awards, devotions, communion, space/time to meet & chat #stwa
12 Jan 2010 from TweetDeck
Martin_2_normal mdeadman #stwa high Leigh retreat to include workshops, seminars, speakers and time for relationships
12 Jan 2010 from Echofon
Img_0208_normal SCRMitchell Practical plans for 2010 being presented by steve briars, first up a bookseller/supplier retreat at high Leigh 4&5 may #stwa
12 Jan 2010 from TweetDeck
Img_0208_normal SCRMitchell Great insight on church & trade from James Catford worth coming just for that #stwa
12 Jan 2010 from TweetDeck
Img_0208_normal SCRMitchell Partnership needs be relationship first, business second, James catford #stwa
12 Jan 2010 from TweetDeck
Img_0208_normal SCRMitchell James Catford talking of consolidation, complexity & challenge, and the need for deep relationships to solve large problems
#stwa

12 Jan 2010 from TweetDeck
Lstbookshop_normal LSTBookshop What’s happening? #stwa – that’s what’s happening. Thanks to those tweeting, esp @scrmitchell
12 Jan 2010 from web
Pew-bloggers_normal churchtimesblog Christian retailers and suppliers are meeting today at the launch of ‘Christian Resources Together’. Follow tweets via #stwa
12 Jan 2010 from Tweetie
Img_0208_normal SCRMitchell Ian Metcalfe from suppliers group saying they want to support booksellers however they say they need it #stwa
12 Jan 2010 from TweetDeck
Img_0208_normal SCRMitchell mission statement to provide support, fellowship,training & opportunities for christian retailers & suppliers #stwa
12 Jan 2010 from TweetDeck
Lscriptorium-lambethguide96_normalLindScriptorium
#stwa Here 12 Jan 2010 from Tweetie
Img_0208_normalSCRMitchell Bible Society launching Christian Resources Together, a partnership working for retailers & suppliers, but not another trade body #stwa
12 Jan 2010 from TweetDeck
Img_0208_normal SCRMitchell Full room of Christian publishers and retailers, good attendance at #stwa. Colin Saunders from bible soc giving a welcome & introduction
12 Jan 2010 from TweetDeck
Lscriptorium-lambethguide96_normalLindScriptorium #stwa taxis lost!
12 Jan 2010 from Tweetie
Martin_2_normalmdeadman I’ve arrived at the trade meeting. #stwa
12 Jan 2010 from Echofon
Lscriptorium-lambethguide96_normalLindScriptorium #stwa In taxi enroute
12 Jan 2010 from Tweetie
Snowman2009_normal notbovvered @LindScriptorium bleugh, or something like that… hope you get there OK. @scrmitchell & @mdeadman are using the hashtag #stwa
12 Jan 2010 from web
Martin_2_normal mdeadman On my way to Christian trade meeting #stwa
12 Jan 2010 from TweetDeck
Lstbookshop_normalLSTBookshop @SCRMitchell #stwa sounds good to me. I won’t be there but @LindScriptorium and @mdeadman both plan to attend…
12 Jan 2010 from Twitterrific
Img_0208_normal SCRMitchell On route to Christian Trade meeting, maybe we should use hashtag #stwa ?? Who else is going?
12 Jan 2010 from TweetDeck

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19 thoughts on “Stronger Together – Weaker Apart: The Twitter Stream #stwa

  1. You need to be careful complaining about the blog / twitter presence – they’ll end up asking you to do it!!

  2. I started complaining almost 4 years ago & they havent asked me yet

    Dont hold your breath Phil…….

    Good post, thanks for the mention

    You will get me into trouble yet hehe

  3. I was at the meeting, and was very encouraged. Why isn’t there a twitter/FB presence? My impression is that this is a group that is just being organized, and has come together more quickly than anyone would have thought. Those of you who are proficient in these areas should volunteer!

    I’ll give more comments and impressions of the day over at Everything Christian soon.

    • Thanks Amy — though calling for volunteers only serves to highlight SuperSimbo’s point about the need to prioritise:

      The thing i wanted to say though, is that the UK trade needs to waken up! It really does!

      And before some of you say, “but we have a blog and we are on facebook & twitter.”

      That may well be, but is it a priority of your business? Is it taken seriously at Board Level where the dinosaurs rule? Is someone actually paid to take care of your online presence or is it a task thrown in at the end of their days work?

      This event has been on the horizon for weeks and weeks, first mentioned to my knowledge in the Church Times, Nov 20th; and I’ve highlighted it several times here. That’s more than enough time, surely, to set up and prioritise something as elementary as a twitter account and a facebook page, even start a blog? Twitter connects, and it worries me that a lot of people in the trade still don’t seem to get it (that said, it’s the same in theological education: I’ve yet to see any of my LST colleagues twittering, though we’ve got several on facebook now).

      Nuff said: watch this space for more info soon. Look forward to seeing your report on Everything Christian

  4. Im afraid i have to agree with Phil (sorry Amy)

    Iv heard the “volunteer” suggestion before many times but it misses the point……and passes the buck a little

    • But this new partnership is being initially funded by Bible Society and hopes to break even. Why do we expect everything to be handed to us on a platter? Isn’t it better to have a meeting sooner rather than later – even without everything being polished and up to speed? I’m not saying that FB and twitter aren’t important; I think they are vital. Just that this new partnership is only just being birthed so we should cut them some slack. And yes, volunteer if you have the skills to do so while they are getting things up and running.

      • I don’t think any of us are expecting things to be handed to us on a platter: most if not all of us work hard to get to where we are. Do I need to point out that I run this blog and UKCBD on a purely voluntary basis, in my own time?

        I’m not complaining: I think it’s great that Bible Society have taken this initiative (ironic, though, that whilst one Bible Society – Biblica – leaves us in the lurch, another comes to the rescue). Nor am I suggesting anything extraordinary: how difficult is it to use free communication tools and services???

        But hey: if there’s anyone out there who wants a hand setting up a twitter account, blog or facebook page, by all means shout and I’ll gladly offer what help I can.

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  6. >How difficult is it to use free communication tools and services???

    You can wait until elevenses on the day, and still have it all up and running – including video streams – by the end of the coffeebreak (nearly :-).

      • Doesn’t need an expensive gizmo. I use an INQ Mini 3G on 3 for twitter & facebook; can blog with it too.

        Cost £29.99 for the phone, £10 per month rolling contract and even if I cancel the contract, still get Skype free.

        But a laptop or netbook with wireless or mobile broadband is fine too, just bulkier. Can get netbooks at Poundstretcher for £99.99.

  7. We seem to have gone off the point a little (and I fear I am responsible)!! Anyone else who can give feedback on the content of the day?!

    • my reply to Amy’s post is stuck somewhere in the ethers of moderation!
      Hopefully it will be released in due course – it was a positive one on the idea of Authors and Bookshops working closer together :0)

  8. Hi
    Christian Retailing Magazine have included it in the ezine. Link is: http://www.christianretailing.com/index.php/newsletter/latest-etailing/20666-christian-resources-together-launched-in-uk

    There will be a fuller article in the digital print version in the next issue.

    Regarding my twitter. I found I couldn’t twitter fast enough and found I was concentrating on that instead of the meeting. Hence the mindmap, which is how I normally minute meetings.

    Cheers

    Mark

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