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Spam on Linked In – Social media, not soap box media


I’ve recently started to increase my use of LinkedIn and for once I’m actively reading and following the discussions in groups that I am a member of.

In general I think it’s going well and I am enjoying the experience, I think it’s a bit early to tell what the affect might be from a networking point of view but I am learning, sharing and helping.

With some groups I found myself wading through a lot of broadcasting posts and struggling to find a lot of discussions.  This got me wondering why there was a lack of discussions and a surplus of self promotion, spam or posts of questionable content, call it what you like, not to mention the number of posts in the wrong sections, like jobs and promotions.

Apart from the annoyance of scrolling past the posts I wasn’t interested in I also wondered why people took the time to broadcast and waste time posting in the wrong place.  How can this be effective?

It obviously got other people thinking too, because I found Duncan Baker posting about Spam On LinkedIn, in the Shropshire Business group, so I decided to post my own question in an Architecture and Interiors group, about the lack of real discussions on LinkedIn.

I felt that the potential for some groups was being missed as they present a great opportunity for people to share information, learn, network and generally benefit from diverse and active discussions.

I was pleased with the responses on Twitter and LinkedIn to my question, which ended up talking about shop or supplier’s drawings on building projects, as well as the discussions that resulted from Duncan’s post, which moved more towards how to choose topics for social media discussions and blog posts.

For people like me who are relatively new to LinkedIn groups, the Shropshire Group gave us some good tips on how to deal with inappropriate posts, by using the flag button, which a lot of people seem to do, messaging the group moderator and generally managing your group feeds.

On reflection I was encouraged by the number of people experiencing and dealing with the same issues and it just shows how important it is to connect with the right people for you and your business.

Do you have any thoughts on this? Feel free to join in and add to the discussions.

Ask The Architect – live sessions Jan to March


I will be running live Ask The Architect sessions for home and business owners at the Shrewsbury offices of Lanyon Bowdler, who will be taking direct bookings.

For more details of how the service works visit the Ask The Architect section of this website and for details of the live sessions in January, February and March go to the website of Lanyon Bowdler.

For those who can not make it to Shrewsbury, the email & twitter service will be running as usual.

Professional Stereotypes


One of the discussions on Twitter during last Friday’s Ask The Architect was about people’s experience of stereotypes and how they can affect a profession, so I thought I would follow it up with this post.

So what are some of the Architect stereotypes?  Off the top of my head I have listed some below which can affect how the public sees us.  You are more than welcome to add to the list with your comments.

 1 Architects are expensive or a luxury

Imagine trying to order food in a restaurant when only the wine menu has prices on it.  How would you know if the wine was good value or not when you don’t know how expensive the food is?

Architects are used on all sorts of projects that vary in size and cost and we can help the client get better value for money from their budget.  The cost of an Architect on a project is normally relative to the overall value of the job.  However, as we are often first to be approached and first to give a fee proposal the client has no other costs to compare our fee projection with.  This is where a lot of sucking of teeth can occur!

2 Architects specialise in modern buildings or new houses or offices or public buildings, etc (delete as required)

As a creative person an Architect should be able to turn their hand to design anything.  The reason some companies or individuals specialise is the same reason why some musicians play blues or some novelists write thrillers, they like it and are good at it.

Obviously there are commercial reasons involved with specialising in certain project types but a specialist practice often undertakes other projects too.

So why do people think we are like surgeons and do the same thing for our entire career?

3 Architects ignore their clients and design what they want

So how would this work?  I don’t even need to use the restaurant example to show you that this doesn’t make sense.

Part of our job is to advise our client in their best interest and this can lead to having to say what people don’t want to hear.  For example, a client might like to have an ornate wall mirror in a minimalist kitchen, or one of their design ideas contravenes legal protections.  As a result, we end up being the bearer of bad news by saying things like ‘Sorry you can’t do that’ or ‘Do you think that is appropriate to your brief?’

Everyone has a stereotype and I could go on but my black turtle neck is back from the dry cleaners!

Green shoots?


I know it’s a much used phrase at the moment, but I have heard that some major developers are considering mobilising on sites again as they think the market has or is ‘bottomed out’.  Add this to the refinancing of  Taylor Wimpey and you may have a serious bit of good news for the economy.

Lot’s of if’s and buts there.  Fingers crossed though eh?