March 19 2012

Taking on a New Role with The Grid: Twitter Community Manager

When I was first asked one year ago to write for The Grid, I was nervous, yet excited to be part of a new voice for design on the web.  As I became more comfortable with the position and began to write more regularly, I have been able to use my column to inspire and educate designers and planners alike.  I am humbled to have started as one of the original bloggers for this site in March 2011, and I am thankful for the opportunity to have been able to share my experiences, expertise, and insights on the world of planning, design, and social media with an engaged and eager audience.

Since I started writing for The Grid, I’ve been able to cover a mix of social media trends that relate to architecture and planning as well as specific, local examples of good planning and design here in Philadelphia and in my hometown, New York.  I’ve also covered conferences, blogs, new technology, world events, and even Twitter.  I’ve also seen our staff and blogging team grow from four initial writers to an international array of students, professionals, and academics.  Writing for this site has been fun.  It’s been keeping me in check, keeping me focused on new and important trends, and in the process, I’ve learned so much from my fellow writers.

Nevertheless, all good things must come to an end, and sadly, it is time for me to step back from the blogging spotlight.  This past December, I accepted a position to become the official voice of The Grid through our Twitter account @GlobalSitePlans.  Going forward, I have decided that it would be best to focus more time on amplifying our blog’s voice and social media reach through Twitter, and use my new role to make sure that every blogger on The Grid can reach as many people as possible. While I am going to miss providing a continuous stream of articles and content on this site, I am excited to still be a part of Global Site Plans, and look forward to making all of our bloggers shine through the web, especially Twitter.

It’s been a pleasure to inform, educate, and even entertain you over the past year. Be sure to follow us on Twitter to stay in touch with everything Global Site Plans and The Grid has to offer!


Barrett Lane

Barrett Lane is a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania where he is pursuing a Master of City Planning with a concentration in Urban Design. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Studies from Cornell University. Prior to joining The Grid, Barrett was the Director of Creative Content at Yipit, and most recently interned with the New York City Department of City Planning. He currently lives in Philadelphia, PA.

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