Then we got round to talking about how we're going to promote social media usage locally. And I think we're all agreed (?) locally is one of the key words here, the other one being grassroots.
We could just tag everything FAO the local network using a specific cross-site tag (leicnet?), and then simply aggregate the tag feed from all the different sites (although we didn't decide on how to do this - Friendfeed? Tumblr? Mixx.com?). The snag with this is that any spammer could use the tag to drop nasties into the feed, which could potentially be very bad PR with colleagues we are trying to influence.
The alternative is to create an account on one of the above services (group or shared details) and aggregate "approved" feeds. This has the advantage that we can add contributors who may not feel or know they would be "elligible" for the network, but the downside is that it would be closed network that people would have to "apply" to join, and it creates admin for someone to do.
So on balance, I think I'm in favour of the open approach, and we'll just deal with the spammers when they arrive (we need some way to moderate the aggregator).
So which aggregator shall we use? All of them?