Thursday, December 4, 2008

Carsharing, tweeting and explosions


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.

2 comments:

  1. Her appearances are popping up all over Hali! My repeated question of "Are you sure it's not Annette from Carlito's, Ellen Page's look-alike?" has constantly been answered with blank stares and reassurances that the sighting was real.

    So who's playing Tommy?

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  2. Super cool and slightly ironic that I'm in NYC and haven't seen a single celeb and you're in North End Halifax and hanging out with Ellen Page. Jealous.
    Heidi

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