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Blog - July, 2011

Work at Play CEO David Gratton on the new Google+

Alexandra Samuel

Wondering how Google+ is going to change the social web? Check out these thoughts from David Gratton, CEO of SIM partner Work at Play:

Given that our attention is limited and many people have time to monitor only a couple of social networks during the day, I think Google+ represents a significant threat to Twitter, while Facebook is likely to feel little impact with the present offering.

David's assessment is based on the response he got when he sent out almost 500 Google+ invites. As he writes on the Work at Play blog, he got two different kinds of feedback, depending on the social media patterns of the people he emailed:



Jill Silva

As the partially sunny July comes to an end, Vancouver gears up for a tech-packed month in August. Specifically on the brain is the highly anticipated computer graphics and interactive media spectacular, SIGGRAPH (Special Interest Group for Computer Graphics). SIGGRAPH is a major tradeshow that draws film and tech professionals from all over the world. The SIM Centre will be at SIGGRAPH as part of Emily Carr's Applied Research booth.

The festival is scheduled to take off and power through August 7th to the 11th on the waterfront at the Vancouver Convention Center, and is bound to be an energetic spectacle of animation techniques, interactive installations and a frenzy of networking. With everything from film screenings to videos games to inside business tips to interactive installations, there's bound to be something for everyone. From hot-button bigwigs like Pixar, Dreamworks, EA Games Canada and Sony Picture Image Works to small but undeniably talented solo artists, SIGGRAPH 2011 is a YVR event not to be missed.


Welcome to the SIM Centre

The Social + Interactive Media Centre is a new research centre that supports a wide range of applied social, interactive and design projects. Funded by a 5-year grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the centre offers BC companies a way to tap the design, creative and technical expertise of Emily Carr faculty and students.