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AHA MEDIA is proud to be the Media Sponsor for the Vancouver Bloggers MeetUp at St. Regis Bar and Grill in Vancouver May 28, 2009

June 1, 2009 3 comments

AHA NEDIA was pleased to be the Media Sponsor of the Vancouver Bloggers MeetUp at the St. Regis Bar and Grill in Vancouver May 28, 2009.

The Regis Room located downstairs at the St. Regis Grill is a very spacious, welcoming room. Food highlights of the evening included the huge plates of  Nachos in which many bloggers took multiple photos to remember.

 Chef  Gerry Kleinhout and his friendly kitchen staff  went beyond their normal duties to help secure a power cord for our tech tools to charge which was very much appreciated 🙂

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Raul Pacheco with fellow speakers Lorraine Murphy, Colleen Coplick and Shane Gibson on a social media etiquette panel to help educate Vancouver Bloggers

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6:00-6:15 pm – Welcoming remarks (Raul)
6:15-7:00 pm – Shane, Lorraine and Raul opening commentary
7:00-7:45 pm – Discussion and moderation (Colleen and panel)
7:45-8:15 pm – Open discussion

Raul Pacheco

Shane Gibson

Lorraine Murphy

Colleen Coplick


Rules, Norms and Web 2.0: Etiquette in an Era of Evolutionary Social [Dis]Organization

Etiquette is frequently seen as a constraining set of behavioral rules, delineating what behaviors are appropriate within a certain social arena and which are not. But in a context of online multiverses, each with its own culture and demographic, what is truly the “right” thing, and how can we know it? Culture clashes and rapid evolution of social norms are ubiquitous in social media: why? What is appropriate etiquette? Is it portable across platforms? What are the ‘right’ kind of rules and norms in an unruly arena such as the online social media world? The participants in this panel will engage in a conversation about what constitutes etiquette, whether or not it relates to a moral imperative, whether it emerges as self-appointed leaders create specific sets of norms and discuss the evolution of etiquette in emergent social media. The implications for codes of behavior and etiquette in Web 2.0 are also discussed.

Many thanks to Chef Gerry Kleinhout’s own personal warm hospitality and attentive staff at the St Regis Bar and Grill helped to make a stress free and successful Vancouve Bloggers MeetUp.  

Below is a photo of Chef Gerry Kleinhout graciously giving  April Smith cheesecake after filming an informative evening of social media etiquette. The lucky folks who were able to sample the cheesecake remarked that it was very delicious!

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To see 41 photos, please see our Flickr

To see 10 videos of the Social Media Etiquette Panel, please see our Youtube

AHA MEDIA’s April Smith’s 5 Question Video for

April 14, 2009 Leave a comment

AHA MEDIA’s April Smith is lucky and honored to be the very first video interviewee for

This interview at was filmed on a Nokia N95 Cameraphone. 🙂


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April Smith
Co-Founder and Producer of AHA MEDIA

April Smith is an avid mobile new media livestreaming videographer/photographer using HTC Touch Pro and Nokia N95/N77 cameraphones.

She is a W2 Community Media Arts Centre Programming Assistant and a Project leader/Cheerleader for Fearless Media and for the Fearless City Mobile Project

April Smith is a Co-founder and Producer of mobile media production group AHA MEDIA.

At AHA MEDIA, we are emerging independent mobile social media event reporters and new media hyper local citizen journalists. Based in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside, we cover community news and special events & functions with our ongoing learnings of technology, mobile media production and cameraphone capacity in Vancouver, B.C., Canada

1) What’s the one piece of online or offline technology that you can’t live without?

My Nokia Cameraphone, specifically my Nokia N95 (which filmed the 5 Qs video), N77 and HTC Touch ( where I can livestream content)

2) What is your favourite online resource?

Twitter! It’s a fantastic tool where my friends and supporters can talk and meet!  I get to find out information in real time, real opinions from real people. I would have to say that I use it alot more than Google :)

3) How many e-mails do you get in a day?

50-60 emails a day and that’s not including all the DM (Direct Messages) or @AprilFilms  messages on Twitter. There’s lots of information going back and forth within my day!

4) Tomorrow there is no internet. What do you do?

I would do what I do every day and that’s go out and film with my cameraphone Whether it be in the DTES down an  alley covering a new story or to cover a very special social media or twitter event in Vancouver :)

5) Are you followed or are you a follower?

Both! :) I follow lots of different people, all sorts of people that are very interesting and I hope to be followed also:)  I hope that in this regard, people can share all sorts of information and if you can be the follower and the followee, you’re definitely doing the best of both of both worlds!