Phil Mac Giolla Bhain showing what ‘socially present journalism’ looks like…

“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.”

― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations      

So a little vicarious glory via sometimes Slugger blogger Phil Mac Giolla Bhain who has made it to number 10 in the Press Gazette’s top social journalists (not bad for a Glasgow Irishman ensconced in the west Donegal Gaeltacht…)

It’s all his own doing of course. The key is to maintain social presence. Phil’s success has been to embed himself in a community (actually several different communities: Celtic supporters, Irish Republicans and unionised journalists in Ireland and Britain…

As my friend and colleague John Kellden might say, it’s what you then do with that social presence that matters

What if we use our social tech, our digital digs, to find and agree upon deeply meaningful and interesting challenges to resolve, then lead situationally, follow, share, coordinate our efforts, gather to cocreate value, catalyze insights and scaffold scenius through conversations, as if people mind and matter?

Phil’s view of the world may not suit everyone. But his Twitter feed is rich because he delves seamlessly into matters from each of his different communities and shares them out generously. It’s around this his own personal community or tribe is is built.

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty