Oxted Digerati 2.0

With the Tech City Map and Silicon Roundabout grabbing all the headlines, it’s about time I gave an update to what’s happen with all things digital in my home town of Oxted, as a follow up to last year’s Oxted Digerati post.

More and more local people in Oxted are becoming active in entrepreneurial initiatives and digital story sharing.

From the classic “do one thing and do it well” school comes Giraffe in a Scarf, to continent-crossing tech firms like Natterbox, and local bloggers Diana Stavely and Allister Frost the Oxted Digerati are more active than ever.

Near neighbours in Limpsfield Village Shopping have grasped the nettle in using Social Media to promote their small but perfectly formed high st, and established favourites like Footprint going from strength to strength, while Big Yellow Bag is gearing up nicely.

So, what’s happening where you are?  What are you doing to contribute to your local digital community, and how serious are you being about taking the online…offline?

Feel free to let me know if you’re part of the Oxted Digerati, and I’ll give you a shout out too!

More on Oxted on johnnylaird.net

HT to PhillyClarke for the vid

4 Responses to “Oxted Digerati 2.0”

  1. Tim Lloyd November 10, 2011 at 10:27 PM #

    Great round up Johnny. I’m really interested in everything that’s going on locally, online. I wonder if Oxted’s digital footprint is relative to similar towns around the country?

  2. Johnny Laird November 11, 2011 at 1:06 PM #

    Thanks, Tim

    My guess – and it’s only a guess – is that Oxted may be a little more digitally engaged than many places of a similar size in the UK. I’ve not done any work on it, but for a town of somewhere around 12.5k pop to have a Facebook Group numbering over 1k tells me something.

    Do you have any thoughts?


  3. Tim Lloyd November 14, 2011 at 9:04 PM #

    I think Oxted has always retained a reasonably strong sense of community, which I suppose is reflected online, as well as in the strength of conventional offline groups.
    I like the comparison with the Facebook group. Just under 10% is good going in digital engagement terms.
    I can’t help think local police are missing a trick in relationship building, by not having an online presence.

  4. Allister Frost January 26, 2012 at 10:56 PM #

    Hi Johnny, thanks for the shout out! I just spotted this post via a referral from your site to my blog, so something’s working! Cheers.

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