KILTR: Where Scotland goes Global [guest blog post by Brian Hughes @kiltr] is a new online professional network for Scots, ex-pat Scots or anyone with an affinity for Scotland and Scottish culture. Currently at the beta stage of its development, KILTR has already attracted in excess of 12,000 test users since our launch a few short months ago and we hope to attract many more during Social Media Week 2011.
The idea behind KILTR is simple. While Scotland is a relatively small country, with a population of roughly 5.2 million, there are an estimated 35 million people throughout the world who can claim Scottish ancestry and many millions more who have a love or affinity for Scotland. KILTR is strengthening
Scotland’s position in the digital age by providing a global business and social networking platform where Scots and “affinity Scots” scattered throughout the world can unite to share news, views and business opportunities.

As CEO of KILTR, I was excited when I heard that Glasgow was to be one of the 12 host cities for this year’s Social Media Week and delighted to be asked to be an advisory board member for the event. KILTR’s HQ is based in the West End of the city, so it was a no-brainer for us to get involved. It’s an exciting time for KILTR and we aim to play our part in making Glasgow’s Social Media Week one to remember.

KILTR is hosting a special drop-in zone in Glasgow’s city centre throughout Social Media Week. Located at the Old Hairdresser’s, next to Stereo Bar on Renfield Lane, the ‘KILTR Hub’ is designed to be an informal space where you can work, have a meeting or just chill out and have a bite to eat or even a drink or two. In addition, there’ll be music provided by Inner Ear and you can tune in to some of the events taking place via Livestream. The KILTR team will be based at the Hub throughout Social Media Week, so please drop by to say hello and find out more about KILTR – the online network that’s doing the business for Scotland.

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