Andy Quayle is the founder and CEO of Tubu Internet Solutions, the company where I registered this domain and host this blog. (And, yes, that is an affiliate link to reimburse me for a cup of tea.) But Andy is a man of many tech pursuits, including being a police dispatcher and once running a podcamp.
I’m pleased to interview Andy, tweeting as @techburgh, as Monday Muse #5.
As you trace the evolution of technological infrastructure since you began working with it, are there any “A ha!” moments that stick out as memorable to your own evolution?
I think it would have been when I turned on the first PC that I built myself… and a few times after that.
My first job in IT was in the mid-’90′s with a company that did everything computers building them and on up. Creating something out of a bunch of parts and giving ‘life’ to something that will be used for so, so much more.
The same rings true now with hosting and registrations – I get goosebumps when I see some of the awesome web sites that we host. Hosting sites that hold so much valuable information, someone’s business, someone’s livelihood, someone’s hobby. So much trust. It’s all so very inorganic but so very personal. You could say that I keep getting the “a-ha moments”
You wear many hats. What is your daily routine?
I don’t know that I really have a daily routine.
I try to mix things up as much as possible, or things get mixed up for me.
If there is a typical day it entails lots and lots of emailing, a few memos about promotions and sales. Lots and lots of Twitter and Facebook.
Writing, and meetings at Starbucks.
How do the Munhall Police use social media today since you expanded their presence?
There has been a vast difference in the Munhall Police Department Crime Watch approach since we expanded their online presence. Greater transparency, lots and lots of questions and answers, lots of community feedback.
The department has found that tips and community information in general coming in via email have increased. Strangely, we have found that there is a whole lot that we’re not told too – a post will appear on the Facebook wall “was anyone else’s car egged last night?” – this is the first we’ll hear about it. The department is currently focusing it’s social media efforts primarily on Facebook since since this is where our audience is.
The primary reasons for utilizing social media within the department is still community outreach; and connectivity, transparency, and dispelling any myths that are pout online by other outlets.
Who is your favorite Twitter celebrity to follow?
I have to say Stephen Fry (@StephenFry) not because it’s some huge tech thought leader person (or however you’d describe him) but because I grew up with him on television and have followed his career since way back when.
He’s not some new celebrity to me. He’s been a rather funny, very clever, entertainment staple throughout my life.
Other than your family, who influenced you the most during childhood?
Childhood? When does one cease being a child?
Let’s go with up to the age of 18 (which is when I moved to the United States).
I was very much raised by a village. The small(ish) community that is the Isle of Man influences you in itself.
In IT it was everyone at (the company that was) Datacentre – my first work experience in IT. From fixing copiers to selling, building and supporting computers, installing networks, working on phone systems, even delivering paper. The staff and practices there showed me how business is and how it can be.
Outside of work those in my church (Salvation Army) family had a great influence on me. I often say that “I was dragged up in the Salvation Army.” I spent a lot of time at the Church and with those weren’t afraid (and had been given parental permission) to put me in my place should I even consider stepping out of line.
I think it says a lot that I still keep in touch with so many people that I worked with and was in the Church with.