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Cynthia and I are going to Valencia, Spain next year for Las Fallas. As an experiment I am reaching out via Twitter and other social networking sites to see if I can make contact with technically and socially like-minded individuals in Valencia with the idea that I can glean more information about our destination from a person or persons who actually live there, and possibly have one or more contacts when we arrive.

Right now I am using the search feature of Twitter to see who lists Valencia as their home.

Right off the bat I have encountered some stumbling blocks.

1. Must weed through erroneous search results for Valencia, Venezuela and Valencia, California
2. Natives of Valencia, Spain tend to twitter in Spanish or Valencian (Catalan).
3. Erroneous results due to the recent Formula One Grand Prix held in Valencia

I have reached out to a few I have encountered that list Valencia, Spain as their home and that have twittered in English. One in particular appears to work in the IT field so I am hopeful.

Next up I am going to search around on Flickr which I actually think might be more promising. Socially networking photogs tend to be a friendly bunch as evidenced by the recent Assignment Houston gathering at the Houston Museum of Natural Science

I’m not sure how this will turn out but it should be interesting.

Social Networking Experiment

7 thoughts on “Social Networking Experiment

  • August 25, 2008 at 3:08 pm
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    My English, is not very good. But if I can help, I am to your disposition.
    Alive closely together of Valencia (of the Fallas)

  • August 25, 2008 at 9:20 pm
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    Sounds like a very fun and very worthwhile venture. I can help translate something if need be. Also consider Brightkite which is location based, tho not as popular, the people on it are generally social and friendly

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  • August 26, 2008 at 8:28 am
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    What a great idea! And – what a cool trip. I look forward to hearing how it turns out.

  • August 27, 2008 at 11:57 am
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    This spurred me to look at a social forum you do not mention: Facebook. A quick browse revealed a Valencia Spain group run by the tourist board amongst many others – you might find it interesting.

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