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Ail-Gysylltu (Reconnecting) How Twitter and Social Networking reconnected me with my home
Who are you? <ul><li>Bryn Salisbury (@bryns) </li></ul><ul><li>Welsh-born IT Security Consultant, Blogger, Podcaster and P...
Ail-Gysylltu <ul><li>Welsh for Reconnecting </li></ul><ul><li>First language Welsh </li></ul><ul><li>Estimates that in exc...
All change... <ul><li>In 2007 I moved to Chester </li></ul><ul><li>Started living and working exclusively in English </li>...
Shock <ul><li>“Did you remember that it’s your Grandmother’s birthday next week?” </li></ul>
What’s Welsh for Happy Birthday? <ul><li>Total breakdown in confidence </li></ul><ul><li>Loss of identity </li></ul><ul><l...
Rescued by ‘The Link’
Welsh in Social Media <ul><li>Facebook crowd-sourced a Welsh language interface in 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Launch of cy.uma...
How did I ‘ail-gysylltu’? <ul><li>Tried using twitter in both languages (set up the account in 2007) </li></ul><ul><li>Blo...
Problems?
Problems? <ul><li>You thought Lynne Truss was bad... </li></ul><ul><li>Two different perspectives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>‘S...
Conclusions <ul><li>Confidence has returned to my writing </li></ul><ul><li>Actually started doing talks at barcamps and a...
Questions?
Diolch yn Fawr!
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Ailgysylltu (Reconnecting)

  1. 1. Ail-Gysylltu (Reconnecting) How Twitter and Social Networking reconnected me with my home
  2. 2. Who are you? <ul><li>Bryn Salisbury (@bryns) </li></ul><ul><li>Welsh-born IT Security Consultant, Blogger, Podcaster and Photographer </li></ul><ul><li>Resident on the web since the late 1990s. </li></ul><ul><li>Born in Bangor </li></ul><ul><li>Based in Hertford </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.randomlyevil.org.uk </li></ul>
  3. 3. Ail-Gysylltu <ul><li>Welsh for Reconnecting </li></ul><ul><li>First language Welsh </li></ul><ul><li>Estimates that in excess of 65% of people from my home region speak Welsh as their first language </li></ul><ul><li>Used as my primary workplace language until 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>One of the contributors to translating GNOME into Welsh </li></ul>
  4. 4. All change... <ul><li>In 2007 I moved to Chester </li></ul><ul><li>Started living and working exclusively in English </li></ul><ul><li>Friends, colleagues and clients were all first-language English </li></ul><ul><li>My usage of Welsh dropped... </li></ul>
  5. 5. Shock <ul><li>“Did you remember that it’s your Grandmother’s birthday next week?” </li></ul>
  6. 6. What’s Welsh for Happy Birthday? <ul><li>Total breakdown in confidence </li></ul><ul><li>Loss of identity </li></ul><ul><li>Major feelings of home-sickness (much more than I’d expected) </li></ul><ul><li>For reference... it’s “Penblwydd Hapus” </li></ul>
  7. 7. Rescued by ‘The Link’
  8. 8. Welsh in Social Media <ul><li>Facebook crowd-sourced a Welsh language interface in 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Launch of cy.umap.eu (minority language Twitter aggregator) </li></ul><ul><li>Welsh Bloggers Network ( http://www.blogiadur.net ) </li></ul><ul><li>Hacio’r Iaith (Hacking the Language) - Welsh Barcamp! </li></ul>
  9. 9. How did I ‘ail-gysylltu’? <ul><li>Tried using twitter in both languages (set up the account in 2007) </li></ul><ul><li>Blog bilingually </li></ul><ul><li>Wrote for a technology news website in Welsh </li></ul><ul><li>Recorded 23 podcasts episodes in 2 years </li></ul><ul><li>One of the Welsh Barcamp organisers </li></ul>
  10. 10. Problems?
  11. 11. Problems? <ul><li>You thought Lynne Truss was bad... </li></ul><ul><li>Two different perspectives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>‘Snobs Ieithyddol’ (Language Snobs) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>‘Pam poeni?’ (Why worry?) </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Conclusions <ul><li>Confidence has returned to my writing </li></ul><ul><li>Actually started doing talks at barcamps and alike </li></ul><ul><li>Developed new friendships and feel closer to home than ever before (despite being ~300 miles from my hometown) </li></ul>
  13. 13. Questions?
  14. 14. Diolch yn Fawr!

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