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This week, we have invited our first test users at CityLive: 18 crew members of the online community platform ASLPage received a pda, in order to test some mobile features.

So what can they do? Among others check their ASLPage guest books via their mobile phones, post messages in other people’s guest books, see which friends are online…Of course this is only the beginning, since CityLive wants to be very innovative providing mobile and locally relevant information. But it’s a start.

And what’s really fantastic: the ASLPage crew is really enthousiastic, spamming our forum and making their peers jalous, which is exactly what we had in mind. One small remark: only two girls were in, hope more and more girls will also embrace new technologies 🙂

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 So much I want to write about, because of the manymany new ideas, ways of thinking, methods etc I discovered during my first week at CityLive.

Above all the marketing and business model part is new to me, since I worked in a research environment at my former job. One thing I discoverd today (and is possibly not new to a lot of you, but yes it is to me), is the fact that there are ‘three kinds of platforms’. More information via this interesting blog post.

It’s quite a lot information to deal with this first week. Completely forgot how that felt after 3,5 years at my former job.

I’m gonna move to Canada, yeah I made up my mind. My favourite (Belgian) singer of the moment, Milow, is singing about big dreams. About making up his mind. Sometimes you do and sometimes you don’t. Sometimes I didn’t and sometimes I did.

This week I have made up my mind: I’m not moving to Canada, but I decided to work somewhere else.  Big deal?, you might think. Well, being the project manager of HasseltLokaal was my first job, so it was a big deal to make my decision.  Especially since it involved much more than one might think.

Since I was 10, I have been interviewing people in the neighbourhood and selling my self-made newspapers afterwards, convinced to be a journalist one day. I studied languages and journalism, and got to work at the newspaper Het Belang van Limburg, among others on the HasseltLokaal project. So goal achieved. But now I had to realise (and that took me quite some time) that this big dream wouldn’t make me happy anymore. I want to move on in project management.

And thus from next week onwards, I will be the brand new community manager at Citylive, working with test users on the one hand and the Citylive marketing team on the other. I’m really looking forward to this, although I’ll miss my job, the citizen reporters and my colleagues big time. Luckily, they’re never far away thanks to the internet 🙂

The ice cream debate. What a name for a blog 🙂 A blog that should discuss topics on citizen journalism. And that wants to inform you about my project HasseltLokaal.  As the project manager, I want to tell you about the opportunities and challenges of this citizen journalism project. And about who and what I see happening around me.

But ok, what about the ice cream debate then? Believe it or not, but this blogname stands for everything I want a citizen journalism project to stand for.

On the 24th of June, one of the citizen reporters of my project (which is in the Belgian city of Hasselt) heard the loud and friendly tunes of an ice cream car. Nothing special, except that this ice cream seller was driving around at 8 o’clock on a sunday morning and thus awakening the entire neighbourhood. Reporter Johan immediately got out of bed and asked the man what that noise was all about. The man explained that he was angry, because somebody in the neighbourhood had called the police the other evening. In Dutch: the entire ice cream story.

A story that would never make it to the newspaper, but is nevertheless very interesting for the citizens of Hasselt. And from the next day, everybody started discussing the topic on our platform in a very constructive and friendly way. A girl replied and told people why her mother had called the police: she had exams and couldn’t concentrate because of the noise. Elderly people explained that sometimes they have to put up with noise as well. Noise of younger people, when they don’t have to study anymore but celebrate the end of their exams. And like that, the debate went on and on.

As a matter of fact, the ice cream debate became the talk of town. And I loved it. Because for me, people informing each other, debating, discussing and exchanging information, that’s what a citizen journalism project is all about.

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