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Ephemeral Feasthouse ~ Observations by Storymaker Dave Olson AKA Uncle Weed

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Moving on Over to daveostory.comUncleweedinmates at work

Sun, 29 May 2016 18:39:56 +0000

Ahoy visitor! This site/blog/library has moved to a fresh new home at – come on along why don’t ya. //

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Oft-Forgotten Vancouver Stories Shared at Northern Voice 2013 #nv13UncleweedDave at Northern Voice 2009 by Megan Mallen

Wed, 22 May 2013 22:44:30 +0000

I’m speaking at noted, long-time personal expression/blogging conference: Northern Voice, this time held at Museum of Vancouver. I’m bringing old-timey suitcase and possible costume changes. Details and tickets are at but basics are: June 14-15 (my gig is last on Saturday, 15th 3:30-4:30) at Museum of Vancouver (same building as the Planetarium with the crazy […](image)

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Vancouver Stories from the Museum on @TheRushTV showUncleweed

Tue, 30 Apr 2013 19:26:41 +0000

After a recent appearance discussing HootSuite culture, i sat down with Fiona Forbes and guest host Peter Verge to share a few of my favourite – somewhat-forgotten – Vancouver-centric stories. This time, the set was on-location at the Museum of Vancouver.   I shared anecdotes about rock and roll photographer Bev Davies, the Group of […](image)

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DaveO Talking HootSuite Culture on @TheRushTV showUncleweed

Mon, 15 Apr 2013 17:56:37 +0000

Amidst a barrage of HootSuite-related media coverage, I appeared on The Rush TV show (Note: I appeared representing Happy Frog in 2008 when the show was “Urban Rush”). In the segment with host Fiona Forbes, and guest host Tiffany Gurden, about the new East Van office, our unwitting role in the Egyptian revolution, what makes […](image)

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“Art and Tech are Old Pals” at Social Media House SXSW 2011Uncleweed

Mon, 15 Apr 2013 17:54:28 +0000

I shared a spiel called “Art and Tech are Old Pals” at Wordcamp Vancouver in a full verison but shared a spontaneous and shorter version while at Social Media Clubhouse at SXSW 2011. In this spiel, i discuss a “people’s history” of media creation and my tactics and thoughts about how to foster creativity by […](image)

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HootPress ~ Global BC Morning Show at HootSuitekiankhoshScreen Shot 2013-04-04 at 3.57.55 PM

Thu, 04 Apr 2013 22:56:43 +0000

On April 4, 2013, HootSuite hosted Vancouver’s media folk at our headquarters in Mount Pleasant. Among them, Grace Ke from Global BC stopped by for some live hits and a tour of our state-of-the-art offices. As you can see in this video, we caught up and discussed how HootSuite builds community through our HootUps and […](image)

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DaveO Share HootStories on Dotto Tech Showkiankhoshdaveo

Thu, 04 Apr 2013 19:07:15 +0000

I recently appeared on Steve Dotto’s radio show – Dotto Tech – to talk all things HootSuite. We riffed about many different topics including: HootSuite’s App Directory; Social Media on an international scale; my experiences at SXSW; and, uses for Google+. Check out this week’s episode: Dotto Tech 102 – HootSuite and Ebooks.(image)

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Crowdsource from your Community the Tom Sawyer Way – Community Nuggets Vol.1kiankhosh

Wed, 27 Mar 2013 21:54:16 +0000

Back in January, my fellow community managers at HootSuite and I came together with to produce a series of info videos called ‘Community Nuggets.’ Below is the one I appeared in, and surprise surprise! I used my good friend Tom Sawyer as an example of how to effectively crowdsource from your community. Checkout the […](image)

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“Navigating New Territory” ~ #SoMeT12kiankhosh

Wed, 20 Mar 2013 23:04:05 +0000

November’s #SoMeT12 – a symposium about Social Media in the Tourism industry – held in El Paso, Texas does seem like ages ago now. But every so often – like now, just getting back into the swing of things in Vancouver and dealing with the unenviable task of sorting through hundreds of emails in my inbox […](image)

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“Don’t Judge an Investor by His Track Suit”kiankhosh

Wed, 20 Mar 2013 18:10:16 +0000

With another action-packed #SXSW come and gone, I’m now back in Vancouver, enjoying a plate of pancakes and an overflowing inbox staring me straight in the eyes.  Upon my arrival, I found myself quoted in the Wall Street Journal, and felt pretty cool.  Here’s an excerpt and one of my top tips year-after-year for SX […](image)

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Kicking off SXSW 2013 with the HootBusUncleweed

Fri, 15 Mar 2013 19:35:57 +0000

At SXSW 2013, i previewed a few highlights including the HootBus and swag and events planned for the festival. Video made by Brett Hodge and Chris Kelly in one take.(image)

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Building A Global Community Around Your BrandkiankhoshImage

Mon, 04 Feb 2013 23:43:15 +0000

Recently HootSuite CEO Ryan Holmes shared an article on Linkedin, which shared much of the community building work I’ve headed up during my time at HootSuite. In this, he shared the basic tactics and nuggets of wisdom gleaned from using commuity building methods for growing from 100K to 5.7 million users in a short period […](image)

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Proud to be a British Columbian – My BC Jobs Plan StorykiankhoshImage

Mon, 04 Feb 2013 22:29:54 +0000

Photo by Kris Krug I was recently asked to share a personal profile piece withe BC Jobs’ Hide Ozawa, who is coincidentally also the goalkeeper for the SFU Clan Men’s Soccer Team, about my role at HootSuite, a leader in British Columbia’s tech space. For the record, while I attempt to gingerly avoid political posturing, […](image)

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“Things I Learned While Hitchhiking” from Pecha Kucha Night, WhistlerkiankhoshDave O at Pecha Kucha Whistler

Mon, 04 Feb 2013 20:23:21 +0000

As you know, I’ve done the Pecha Kucha  20×20 speaking series several times in Vancouver, including in April of 2010 – Apparently Pecha Kucha is pronounced anyway you choose, April of 2011 – Stories from Japan ~ Inspiration in 20 seconds at Pecha Kucha Vancouver – and an all-star edition in February of 2012 – […](image)

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Talking Social Tourism in El Paso at #SoMeT12kiankhoshSoMeT12 PortraitsSoMeT12 PortraitsScreen Shot 2013-01-22 at 4.19.24 PMElvis at Dave's Pawn Shop in El PasoDave and Elvis in El PasoBoxing Hall of Fame in El PasoEn Route to Airport in El PasoScreen Shot 2013-01-29 at 3.53.25 PM

Wed, 30 Jan 2013 02:11:31 +0000

I was recently asked to do a talk at #SoMeT12 – a symposium about Social Media in the Tourism industry  – held in El Paso, Texas. On November 8, a day after the US election, plenty of stories and hugs were passed around to the delegates representing many countries, regions, cities and so on. It was […](image)

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For the Record: Community Manager of the DayUncleweedPicture 1

Tue, 15 Jan 2013 21:55:39 +0000

My professional journey has led me – and several of my dear colleagues – to a lovely acknowledgement from “Community Manager of the Day.” You can read the whole article – “Community Manager of the Day: Dave Olson” – but i’ve excerpted a favourite bit below: Who has been an inspiration for you as […](image)

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Community Management on the Go ~ Video with DaveOUncleweed

Tue, 15 Jan 2013 18:30:00 +0000

Aboard the beloved SeaBus, I share some handy tips for managing brand communities from wherever you are including insider tips about how i use HootSuite to build HootSuite #meta. Originally appeared in the HootSource blog.(image)

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HootUp Bonanza! A video tribute to 100 HootUps in 2012Uncleweed

Sat, 15 Dec 2012 19:37:48 +0000

My squad at HootSuite wrangles all sorts of campaigns to inspire users to join and participate in our culture. User-organized HootUps are a big part of this community building. With over 100 HootUps in 2012 in 23 countries, we needed a wrap-up, roundup video. Voila, here it is:(image)

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Global Social & Positive Tension – G+ Hangout VideoUncleweed

Sat, 15 Dec 2012 19:05:43 +0000

As an experiment, my colleague Greg Gunn and I hosted a Google+ Hangout to share some ideas and test this broadcast and archive platform. Included here since there are some funny bits.(image)

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Tracks on Tracks Teaser VideoUncleweed

Wed, 05 Dec 2012 05:44:32 +0000

What’s this? The fine folks at Tracks on Tracks have released a teaser trailer with some clips from the musical journey across Canada on a train. If you weren’t there, this will make you wish you had been. Remember to check out: Tracks on Tracks Choogle On podcasts Tracks on Tracks artifact roundup  (image)

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Talking Social and Music on @RenmanMB with Steve RennieUncleweedDaveO on Renman Live show

Tue, 04 Dec 2012 23:11:15 +0000

I was a guest on the Renman Live show (@RenmanMB), a show about music and business, to discuss social media for bands and labels. It’s a brief segment but one i hope to do more of with them. The Host (Steve Rennie @Renman1)  is very LA and i am very Canadian :) I appeared on video […](image)

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Me and my Suitcase in @ToqueCanoeUncleweedtoque-canoe-suitcase-OlsonToque and Canoe in Calgary Herald

Tue, 04 Dec 2012 22:57:40 +0000

Canadian travel blog Toque and Canoe recently profiled me and my packing devices and methods for an article series about how people pack, what’s  in their suitcase etc., ergo: “Olson is an avid traveler apart from work which – aside from the fact that he has the coolest piece of luggage ever – makes him an […](image)

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Community Roundtable Podcast @TheCR ~ Building Communities of Community Managers #metaUncleweeddave_olsen

Tue, 04 Dec 2012 22:43:29 +0000

In May, 2010, i was a guest on Community Roundtable Podcast with Jim Storer and Doug Haslam and shared many tactics used to build HootSuite through my role as a marketing/community guy. Here it is for the record and archive: You can download the podcast here or listen onboard: [audio] Blurb:  The Community Roundtable has partnered with Voce […](image)

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Steve Dotto’s @DottoTech Podcast ~ Apps, International and moreUncleweed

Tue, 04 Dec 2012 22:35:43 +0000

I was a guest on venerable Canadian tech journo Steve Dotto’s show DottoTech: DOTTO TECH 84 – HOOTSUITE, ROAMING AND UPGRADING. The show is Live – Wednesdays at 6:00pm PST CISL650AM In Vancouver + Streaming & On Demand + follow him on @dottotech. We chatted about international growth, apps in the directory, community building and new apps – my part starts at […](image)

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Community Roundtable Podcast with DaveO sharing social marketing storiesUncleweeddave_olsen

Mon, 03 Dec 2012 21:26:22 +0000

Here’s an audio interview from May 27 2010 in the early days of the now-juggernaut HootSuite in which i share stories about growing HootSuite on a grassroots level and how these tools and tactics relate to “trad” marketing. The original is by Jim Storer titled: Conversations with Community Managers – Dave Olson (Hootsuite) – take listen […](image)

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Tonya Hall Radio Podcast ~ Music, Apps, International, Elections etc.Uncleweed

Wed, 21 Nov 2012 01:30:50 +0000

I was a guest on The Tonya Hall Radio Show, which airs in Colorado every weekday, to discuss the HootSuite story as per the tagline “Embracing the power of Social Media”. Specifically, we chatted about our unique views on the US 2012 election, international growth, new apps and music: You can download the podcast here […](image)

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HootSuite Tour with Get Connected TVschroederjacob

Fri, 02 Nov 2012 21:32:18 +0000

Get Connected TV came by HootSuite HQ recently and i gave them a tour and included a few tips and points for those interested in social media, community building, acquisitions, start-ups, culture, media hacking, etc. Yup, there are some funny bits :). Videos are below, and the posts on the HootSuite blog can be found here […](image)

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Media Roundup – Global TV Interview and Mayor Gregor’s WeiboschroederjacobGlobal TV Interview

Fri, 02 Nov 2012 21:04:07 +0000

This week Global TV came by to get a feel for what we do here at HootSuite. A short clip of their interview with me can be found here and a ful article here: Global BC | BC company Hootsuite signs its 5 millionth user and here’s a quote for reference: Local social media management site Hootsuite has existed […](image)

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Just Talking Podcast ~ The HootSuite Storyschroederjacob

Fri, 26 Oct 2012 21:49:10 +0000

From Just Talking Podcast: This week I’m joined by Dave Olson, VP of Community for Hootsuite. You can expect conversation about Hootsuite’s origins, Dave’s evolving role at Hootsuite, social media best practices, Hootsuite’s international expansion and owl obsessions. You can download the podcast here or listen onboard:(image)

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GrowVC – Community Building Begins With Listeningschroederjacob

Fri, 26 Oct 2012 20:44:21 +0000

I recently got the chance to sit down with GrowVC, the #1 global marketplace for equity funding. We spoke about best practices for entrepreneurs and how to build your community and supporters plus lots about the tactics and tools i’ve used for building HootSuite. Head on over to GrowVC to listen to the podcast and/or listen onboard:(image)

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Interview on Tweets and TunesschroederjacobJason Lloyd and Dave Olson for Tweets and Tunes

Fri, 26 Oct 2012 20:12:11 +0000

Recently Jason Lloyd came by the HootSuite office to interview me for CiTR’s Tweets and Tunes, a show that examines the relationship between independent musicians and social media. Being an avid observer of the music scene, we had lots of topics to mull over including my time at HootSuite, the Tracks on Tracks project, and the impact that social media […](image)

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Tracks On Tracks Podcast RoundupschroederjacobRenegades Roll East ~ Chooglin' on Tracks #1Bottomless Lakes of Adaline ~ Chooglin' on Tracks #2Athabasca With Oboes ~ Chooglin' on Tracks #3Shredding on Melville ~ Chooglin' on Tracks #4Portage and Winnipeg ~ Chooglin' on Tracks #5Descending Upon Hornepayne ~ Chooglin' on Tracks #6

Fri, 28 Sep 2012 23:59:10 +0000

Tracks On Tracks, a remarkable journey with 11 musical acts on 1 train that crossed 5 provinces in June 2012. For those who weren’t able to go, there is a special treat waiting for you in the form of a podcast series that documents the journey. Musings on train life, interviews with Canadian artists, some […](image)

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Social Media Kung Fu ~ Dossier of Artifacts from BootUp Garageandyau08Social Media Kung FU

Wed, 26 Sep 2012 23:17:27 +0000

I was recently tapped to get involved with the Bootup Garage – “a new space dedicated to startup founders and technology hackers.” Initially, they wanted me to get involved as a Mentor – but I thought, why not host a series of social marketing talks instead. Social Marketing Kung Fu Titled Social Marketing Kung Fu […](image)

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Experience Tectoria ~ Dave Olson and Greg Gunn Keynote on a BoatschroederjacobGreg Gunn and Dave Olson deliver Keynote on a Boat.Dave Olson with Experience TectoriaGreg Gunn with Experience TectoriaGreg Gunn and Dave Olson deliver laughs for Experience TectoriaWhales stealing the spotlightKeynote on a Boat

Wed, 26 Sep 2012 23:16:21 +0000

On a private yacht with special access to the Victoria naval base, respective VP’s of Community and Business Development at HootSuite, Dave Olson and Greg Gunn, jointly delivered a keynote speech for Experience Tectoria, an event designed to highlight Victoria’s tech sector. Good people, great stories, and a pesky whale or two made the talk […](image)

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Generation Social Roundup – A film About Social Media in Vancouver and SXSWschroederjacobDave O with the HootBusScreen Shot 2012-09-07 at 11.19.56 AM

Fri, 07 Sep 2012 18:36:08 +0000

UPDATE: Generation Social – the Vancouver Network is now available streaming on Generation Social: Generation Social is a film about how our inherent social nature drives cultural change and some of the people who drive that change. From culture to social networks to education to business, everything is in flux. By profiling those at the […](image)

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Social Media in Disasters and Revolutions ~ NXNE 2012 Spielschroederjacob

Tue, 21 Aug 2012 18:09:47 +0000

Overview: At NXNE 2012, Dave Olson discussed the democratization of communication and how civic/cultural changes are amplified despite attempts to thwart dissent. Practical examples of people spontaneously using these tools in emergency and disaster relief situations were highlighted, as well as the historical forebears of these methods. Blurb: NXNE Disasters and Revolutions From rallying citizens in Egypt and advocating for civil rights in Saudi […](image)

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Crowd Souring Community Project Like Tom Sawyer SXSW 2012 RoundupUncleweedUSTREAMOwly

Thu, 16 Aug 2012 11:00:57 +0000

Tom Sawyer famously talked his gang into paying him for the privilege of painting a fence white while he sat by and supervised. In this talk, Dave Olson shared how companies can use their community to crowd source projects, bringing passionate users in to mutually benefit both your work and the community members. In this storytelling talk, […](image)

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“Bay of Flashing Darters” in bentlily | One poem a dayUncleweedOlsonD

Fri, 27 Jul 2012 22:51:41 +0000

Dave Thorvald Olson | Samantha’s daily poem | bentlily | One poem a day. BAY OF FLASHING DARTERS  Sailboats carving patterns darters into waves which don’t seem to mind Leaning over sideways to control both power and time Flocking into clusters brushing past the buoys like galaxies swirling spun by translucent kite-strings Leaving tracers to […](image)

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Spontaneous Social Stories from NXNEUncleweed

Fri, 15 Jun 2012 19:28:19 +0000

While spieling at NXNE 2012 in Toronto, I shared some stories and thoughts about social media for a series made by Intel.(image)

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Mobile Social Media Tips for Events Video with DaveOUncleweed

Fri, 15 Jun 2012 18:25:51 +0000

I shared a few handy tips for using social media in general – and HootSuite specifically – for events including using lists, tracking hashtags, geo-location and so on. Also appeared on HootSource blog.(image)

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Roll east, young artists: #TracksonTracks creating a cultural journey (as seen in Vancouver Observer)Uncleweedvia train stopUW with Suitcase

Thu, 07 Jun 2012 19:06:02 +0000

As published in Vancouver Observer in Uncle Weed’s Dossier column – here for archival and reference purposes. Bands, documentarians, photographers, social media makers onboard a VIA Rail from Vancouver to NxNE Fest in Toronto: what hijinks could possibly occur? Nine bands, a documentary film crew, ace photographers, curious broadcasters and rengade storymakers leave Vancouver on Friday, […](image)

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Post-SXSW 2012 Video Dispatch to #USGuysUncleweed

Sun, 15 Apr 2012 19:11:04 +0000

Just after SXSW 2012, i sent a special message to my virtual pals who participate in the #USGuys persistent Twitter chat. I tell some stories from Austin and show them around the office and discuss a box of treats i sent to them as a funtime promo gift.(image)

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