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and welcome to the DHBC Tumblog!

We decided to use Tumblr to present our project to all of you as it plays nicely with all different types of media. If any of you would like a better understanding of what Tumblr can do, there is a how-to on the the class blog

This space is designed as a meeting place for all the DHBC’s social media channels. With the ability to import Twitter and Facebook feeds, as well as export content produced on here to those sites, Tumblr is great to bring everything together. 

We also hope that local businesses and community members will interact with the Tumblog. Through posting pictures, videos and short text bursts about the DHBC’s events we aim to create a Tumblr community centered around the DHBC’s activities and principals. 

Through reblogging posts of our members, such as photographs of retail outlets we also hope to be able to shine a spotlight on the great things local businesses are up to.

Finally, through posting and reblogging conversations centered around urban development and related stories we aim to spread the DHBC brand beyond the penisula, spreading our thoughts on key issues across the web.

We hope that you enjoy exploring what we’ve put together for the DHBC. If you’re interested in viewing our full communication plan, it’s available here.  If you have any questions feel free to ask either through the Tumblr ask box or via the forum and blog.

Linkedin

Linkedin

A form of social media, LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network, a social network geared to businesses and professionals. The strength of this network is the ability to connect with trusted contacts and exchange information, ideas and knowledge. Initially, LinkedIn was viewed as the social media job search area for professionals.  Although that is still true its application has grown to include those who are seeking to build their professional network, businesses trying to reach out to clients and organizations trying to communicate with potential partners, customers and competitors.

Like other social media applications, LinkedIn provides an opportunity to build a community.  LinkedIn’s greatest benefit for businesses includes the ability for organizations to maintain visibility and compile feedback. 

For the DHBC, communication through LinkedIn will encourage growth in contacts; promote events and meetings all around Halifax. LinkedIn will be beneficial to DHBC in its efforts to expand its communication reach with professionals in HRM and allow for an analysis of DHBC connections. 

YouTube

The site uses Adobe Flash Video and HTML5 technology to display a wide variety of user-generated video content, including movie clips, TV clips, and music videos, as well as amateur content such as video blogging and short original videos. Users can upload, share and view videos.

Most of the content on YouTube has been uploaded by individuals, although media corporations and other organizations offer some of their material through the site as part of the YouTube partnership program. Unregistered users may watch videos, and registered users may upload an unlimited number of videos.

One of the key features of YouTube is the ability of users to view its videos on web pages outside the site. Each YouTube video is accompanied by a piece of HTML, which can be used to embed it on a page outside the YouTube website. This functionality is often used to embed YouTube videos in websites, social networking pages and blogs.

YouTube has great potential for sharing and interaction with DHBC’s key publics. Registered users can “Like” a video or share links on other social media applications such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or LinkedIn. Users are also able to comment on videos on the YouTube site itself. This opens up new vehicle for two-way communications between DHBC and its members, stakeholders, downtown visitors/customers or any interested parties.

Globe & Mail | Winnipeg rethinks suburban sprawl with downtown reinvention ⇢

littlewindows:

“Around the world there is a growing understanding that suburban sprawl is unsustainable, and that, for cities to survive, they must shrink back in on themselves, tightening up, promoting density and pushing their growing population into space already served by existing infrastructure and social services.”

Well, I guess it’s only taken about 40 years for what Jane Jacobs explained clearly in The Death and Life of Great American Cities to set in.

I’ve never understood the appeal of suburbs. They give me the creeps. I grew up in a small town, and while I have no plans to go back to one, gun to my head and told to choose I’d pick a small town over a suburb any day. Small towns are at least self-contained neighbourhoods, fully functional bodies, whereas suburbs feel like a dismembered limb flung from their body but told to function just as they did before, despite the separation and isolation from the heart and mind and vital systems.

An interesting article that could serve as a model to develop our own downtown core.

A great photo of Argyle street, with one of member businesses, Biscuit General Store!

A great photo of Argyle street, with one of member businesses, Biscuit General Store!

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