David W. Beck | Being Social

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I’ve previously been working as a Social Media Community Manager on Microsoft UK’s IT Pro and Developer Channels. Before that, I worked as a Programmer and Marketing Specialist at iSat Ltd, a satellite communications infrastructure SME.

I have solid experience in Python development, Social Media Marketing and management, marketing copy creation, strategy, planning, and implementation as well as other ad hoc roles and company requirements. Marketing activities have included creating written copy and graphics content such as brochures ( 1 | 2 ) and promotional banners for tradeshows & events, communicating the press with industry publications, building & designing the iSat website and datasheets as well as the host of other jobs such as purchasing, sales, helping to create, print and organize company tenders.

In my free time, I enjoy painting, writing, going to the gym, computer games – gardening and farming in Spain on a family smallholding. I also love travelling – especially walking holidays and driving around Europe. I’m also learning the Python programming language and I’m writing a book called ‘Copper Blood’.

I’ve put together some previous projects, with a focus on written content here: David William Beck Pres 2

General Developments

My contract with MRM McCann working for Microsoft UK has ended – so I’m looking for another full-time role. My CV can be found here:

Word: D-W-Beck-Resume-2019

PDF: D-W-Beck-Resume-2019

After nine years I decided to revisit my university dissertation and publish it on Medium.com.

Nine Years On: Has my Dissertation stood the test of time?


I’ve started developing a Twitterbot called Cuddles_AI – which becomes happy or sad depending on how many followers it has! Read more here.

Cuddles just got a new follower making it happy.

So, I thought I would write an analysis of a game I enjoy:

Is Maslow’s hierarchy of needs compatible with Rimworld?

I’ve signed up for four Udemy courses which include: Machine Learning A-Z: Hands-On Python & R In Data Science Learn to Code by Making Games – Complete C# Unity Developer Complete Java Masterclass Modern JavaScript From The Beginning I would like to gain proficiency in these four powerful languages.  I’m starting with the Python course as this is the language I have the most experience in. I’ve used C# briefly in the past too though I’m new to Java and JavaScript.

I’ve been updating my GoodReads and writing a few reviews – here are some of my favourites: my favourites shelf: 

Google can often seem pretty ubiquitous on the internet. I’ve written a handy guide discussing alternatives to Google’s products here: https://www.dwbeck.com/escape_from_google/

Venture into the drylands available on Kindle now.

I have been attending the Gym now for more than a year and my dads been going for 6 months and has already lost a stone and a half. In this post, I’ve shared a few tips on getting started at the gym as well as a diet that works.

I’ve been practising making videos – this is my latest one!

Microsoft developments

I previously managed the Microsoft TechNet UK and Microsoft Developer UK Social accounts for Microsoft UK in Reading. Part of the Microsoft UK social team moved over to MRM//McCann UK. My role involved: 

  • Managing Microsoft Developer UK and TechNet UK Twitter and Facebook accounts using Sprinklr and Opal social media tools.
  • Creating social plans and attended Microsoft events such as #TechDaysOnline, Future Decoded and Microsoft Reactor events.
  • Creating quarterly performance reports, fortnightly social listening reports, campaign reports; moderated & selected content, created assets & copy, promoted Cloud Developer Advocates & Learn Services.
  • Building relationships with the community and solving technical problems.
  • Took a wide range of training courses from Microsoft and MRM such as Advertising law, Geopolitical awareness, GDPR, Brand Strategy & more


Here is a handy guide I wrote to add closed captioning to Facebook!

How to add closed captioning to Facebook! (subtitles)

I was lucky enough to attend Microsoft Ignite where I was working as part of the social media team looking after social whilst putting out live updates across the Microsoft channels. I had a good look around the event and talked with many of the companies working there. I was very impressed with Power Bi analytics, Microsoft Hololense and other VR applications. I was also very impressed with Microsoft’s commitment to accessibility. Here are a few highlights from the show:

As part of my role, I got to attend TechDays Online at the Microsoft Reactor in London where I was live-posting content over the three days.  TechDays Online focused on topics such as Mixed Reality, Containers & Microservices, Data & AI and Quantum Computing.  Here are some of the highlights:

I was also lucky enough to attend the London Tech Week conference at the ExCel in London with an all access pass. I found the talks incredibly insightful and enjoyed seeing the latest technologies on display.



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