Thursday, December 4, 2008
at an 'unpress conference' off spring garden road this morning (at 8:45am!!!!) carshare hfx made its long-awaited debut. it seems like a pretty cool idea - for a couple of hundred dollars a year, you get access to their fleet of cars for an hourly rate ($10 or less, depending on the time).
it beats paying hundreds a month just to park your car in the driveway. i think i'll keep my yaris for now, but let the economic downturn evaporate a few more of my freelance clients and i might just trade it in - it's cheaper, and you're not locked into a vehicle for years. check out their website at carsharehfx.ca
i didn't work out what the un part of the unpress conference was, but i suspect it was something to do with giles crouch. he works for mediabadger and was doing the web pr for carshare. he told me about a method his company is using to monitor twitter, the semi-blog, semi-facebook social-networking site. he was following the tweets on the political debacle in ottawa and charting reaction to it. 64% of tweets were for a coalition he said. he can chart how popular a topic is, and how people are reacting to it.
i can't believe media aren't using it already - look out for it in the near future.
i've got a story on the halifax explosion going in metro friday and was sitting in a hydrostone cafe chatting to jim simpson, bear biologist and halifax explosion expert. i was telling him about black snow, my explosion novel, when ellen page walked in! i used her as a visual image for evie and have her pencilled in to star in the movie.
i'm taking her sudden appearance as a good sign.
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