B31 Voices, Podnosh and Birmingham City University are running two Social Media Surgeries at The Factory in Longbridge in March. These informal drop-in events are aimed at readers of B31 Voices who want to know more about how the web works to help support a community event or cause you are working on.

What’s a Social Media Surgery?

A social media surgery is an informal gathering of people who want to learn how to use the web to communicate, campaign or collaborate. Surgeries are deliberately relaxed. No presentations, no jargon, noone telling people what they think they should know. Instead you will sit next to someone who understands good ways to use the internet, someone who will listen to what you do, and then show you free, useful tools. If you like what you see they can also help you set up your blog, Facebook page or Twitter account.

Who can come along?

Surgeries are generally aimed at helping voluntary or community organisations, local charities, clubs or societies. We also welcome individuals working on activities that are helping to support their community.

Can I help out?

A surgery needs ‘surgeons’, someone who knows enough about using social media to help someone else. Some surgeons have spent years understanding the internet, others started learning a few months ago but want to share what they know with other community groups and active citizens. You can sign up to be a surgeon using the links below.

11th March 5:30pm – 7:00pm
 (use the link to sign up)
26th March 12:30pm – 2:00pm (use the link to sign up)


The Factory, 5 Devon Way (off Longbridge Lane), Longbridge, B31 2TS

More details about Social Media Surgeries can be found at: socialmediasurgery.com

Reblogged from a post by Dave Harte


  1. Facebook is the world’s most sophisticated advertising system, no one should want anything to do with it!

    Facebook is like an AOL 2.0, and hopefully it will suffer the same demise as AOL’s closed roots, for the same reasons.

    These “Social Media” systems, virtually anything industry promote, are proprietary applications so suffer from many of the downsides of more traditional proprietary applications.

    But when your application and data isn’t on computers you control then the scope for misuses and abuses is huge. Industry wants to be middlemen to people’s data, don’t fall for it. The internet is a peer to peer network, it isn’t broadcast, it is two way. We don’t need middlemen in way the likes of Facebook or Twitter would have us believe.

    But where to go? If I knew, I’d be the next Tim Berners-Lee (I appreciate the irony of slating large-sections of “web-apps” whilst admiring the inventor of the web). Stick to open protocols and use systems with interoperability.


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