Maddie, what brought you to Berlin?
I suppose Twitter brought me to Berlin. I found an internship with your loftmates, Gidsy, through #jobfairy, an immensely helpful Irish hashtag. After that, I decided to stay. Too many great things happening in this city to pass up, really.
How did you get interested in digital strategy?
Listening to the three of you talk at various office get-togethers (and eavesdropping), as well as coming across new services and tools almost daily that make my brain spin with all the ways in which they might be applied. Digital strategy appeals to both the people-person and the nerd in me. Because the field is evolving rapidly and constantly, it’s a bronco of a learning curve, and that is exciting.
What are some things you think about that you’re planning to dig into over the next six months?
What interests me most is connecting things that weren’t connected before, or thinking up new uses for existing tools. I’d like to get a better understanding of what makes a tool, site or service exciting or unexciting, and how sharing content in new ways could be used to make our lives easier and more fun. I’m also interested in the intersection of the digital world and the education system, and how it might be expanded in unconventional and creative ways.
What are the websites or feeds without which a day just isn’t complete?
My current favorites are three sites that show me new, interesting material every day. (Unlike the news, these don’t make me want to curl up armadillo-style and hide from the world.) They are:
- Quote.fm, a brilliant site for finding and sharing articles and inspiring ideas.
- This Is My Jam, which is Quote.fm’s musical equivalent, letting you upload and share your song of the moment.
- Brainpickings.org, Maria Popova’s all-things-interesting blog. Stylish, but with a lot of nerd appeal.
To get to know you better, give us a few links.
My Tumblelog has been snoozing a lot lately. It’s where I go when I can’t fit what I want to say into 140 characters, and when I don’t want to direct my thoughts at anyone in particular. An older collection of observations, rants and anecdotes can be found on Blogger. Follow me on Quote.fm to see where my webcrawling takes me.