Expert De Jour – NewsCorp interview with Moi

Am I the only who finds being interviewed painful? I already spend waaaay too much time worrying about what everyone else is thinking about me. And usually they aren’t. Thinking. About me, at any rate. And then I worry about why aren’t they thinking about me? And what are they thinking about? So you see, interviews just exposes one to angst and are totally yuck.

It’s hard to believe how much some people can cram into their working lives. Take Laurel Papworth. Currently a consultant and a lecturer at Sydney University she helped found Faifax Digital, create Optus Convergent Media, manage an ISP and has previously worked for CISCO and UUN net, to name but a few.

That’s cramming a fair amount in by anyone’s standards, but I guess when you consider her blogger profile (http://laurelpapworth.com/Opens in a new tab.) tells us she’s 250 years old, maybe she’s just been taking things easy.

But Charles made everything delightful. Considering I was in his personal space… and thus he in ‘my space’, we survived. And I don’t look 250 years old *points at profile* it’s 250 elf years. I’ve also got a piece coming up in Vogue Australia on… ummm… women in online worlds, I think. And another one which shall remain nameless until I’ve checked it out. THEN you can look at it. I’m editing and personalising your LaurelPapworthExperience. Thank me later, me darlins … 😛

Incidentally I worked on the Fairfax NewsPro project digitising the daily miracle in about 1993 or so, the convergent media project (1999) was only one of 4 big projects I was involved in or ran on and off for Optus starting from 1992. Cisco and UUNET were my overseas experiences – Cisco, based in Singapore but working with China and Korea and SE Asia and UUNet was the MCI Worldcom establishment of their internet backbone across Europe and the Middle East, based in Amsterdam. I’ve been exposed to internet style technologies since 1983 (Telecom’s Private Lines department), so yes, I do feel 250 years old sometimes. But seriously in 24 years in the IT&T industry, have I really done such a lot? Gosh, it doesn’t feel like it… And trust me, I’ve pored over the photo Charlie took and posted up looking for lines and wrinkles. I think I see one…

I mentioned the early 90’s a few times. Probably because this year seems to be a reflection of that time. We are about to move into the next wave of web apps. Think early Tim Berners-Lee compared to what Microsoft and Yahoo eventually did with it. The world will be as different in 10 years from today as it was 10 years ago, at a communications level. Mark my words.

Laurel Papworth

Named by Forbes™ Magazine in the Top 50 Social Media Influencers globally, named Head of Industry, Social Media (Marketing Magazine™) and in the Power150 Media bloggers (AdAge™). CERT IV Training and Assessment certified trainer (Diplomas and Certificates etc) Adult Education. Laurel has manager Facebook Pages for Junior Masterchef, Idol, Big Brother etc. and have consulted on private online communities for banks Westpac, not for profits UNHCR & governments in SE Asia. Lecturer, social media, University of Sydney for 10 years and Laurel has 11,000 online students. Laurel Papworth personally connects to 6 million followers online and has taught around 100,000 people in the last 10 years how to be social media managers.

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