ALONG WITH SEVEN others in the Birr Technology Centre (at right), I shared some opinions about increasing the value of time spent online by using online networks effectively. The Birr OpenCoffee morning left me take an hour to show how I meander between Plancast, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Google Profile. The coffee morning had a Plancast footprint already and after the session, a small summary will appear in the OpenCoffee Ireland group on LinkedIn. It takes me no more than three minutes every morning to read LinkedIn updates in my phone's email and to scroll through Plancast summaries as they arrive via RSS on my phone. We discussed ways of handling social media overload through clever usage of search facilities inside Tweetdeck, Gravity and Seesmic. We're tracking "Clonmel" and "#hyperlocal" that way. Several people who saw my Google Profile for the first time and how it showed me in the venue. Following the event, Mark Cahill and I talked about ways of connecting the OpenCoffee meet-ups at the lowest possible level (i.e., ring-arounds) because a lot of self-organising networking is happening in Ireland and its by-product wants to be shared.