Monthly Archives: November 2008

The Social Media Way Of Life

Last Night, I attended what I hope will be the first of many Social Media Club – DC meetings held at the National Press Club.

The topic was on social search and there were a lot of really interesting points that were made. I’ve forgotten the majority, but some that have stuck with me include:

  • Is there any value in organizing and archiving old social networking actions?
  • Are mobile communities the next step in this media revolution?
  • What are the ways social networking sites are trying to create revenue?
  • Why isn’t Google more involved in this social media space?

There were a few things that distinguished this club meeting from others:

First, cell phones and laptops were everywhere with people typing away. By cell phones I mean iPhones because you aren’t cool in the social media world if you don’t have one. (I own one so I’m allowed to mock.) BlackBerrys will do as well. The amazing thing was that no one was offended by the attention given to these electronic devices rather than the presenters. In fact, it was almost encouraged.

That’s because everyone who was typing away was most likely providing commentary on the live discussion by posting to their twitter accounts. It was almost like there were two interconnected conversations taking place concurrently but separately. The second, the one on twitter, was, of course, a result of the in-person discussion and the twitter comments were mentioned a few times in the live discussion, but again, for the most part, they were taking place independently and simultaneously.

Also, people were referring to others not by there real names but by their twitter pseudonyms which sounds really awkward but wasn’t. If you think about it, attendees probably interact with each other primarily online and are used to identifying each other by their twitter user names.

Lastly, everyone was so social it was almost overpowering. This, of course, makes perfect sense. The whole basis of social media is the connections you make with others. Those who are best at making those connections can take full advantage of this new phenomenon and are most likely to be its biggest proponents.

If you were at the SMC-DC meeting last night, were my impressions correct? Are there other nuances I missed?

If you have no idea what any of this means, what clubs are you a part of that have their own special traditions? Does what I’ve described sound completely crazy?

What Really Grinds My Gears: Facebook Event Non-RSVPers

I have recently been receiving quite a bit of traffic to this website from those who have specific questions about Facebook functionalities. If YOU are one of those people, I am more than happy to do my best to answer your question. To do so, simply leave your question in the form of a comment on this post. Hope this helps!

Dear Facebook Friend,

When I send out an Event Invite on our beloved social networking site, I am legitimately inviting you to a gathering I’m hosting. You know this because I don’t send you invites upon invites to places I won’t be or events that just promote businesses. There aren’t 10,000 or even 1,000 or even 100 people on the invite list. It’s just you and our other (real-life) friends!

No, when I send you that invite, it means I want you to be there (or at least to know about the event). So when you completely ignore my invite and don’t bother to RSVP whether you’ll be attending or not (or even if you aren’t sure), I am disappointed by your rudeness.

The Facebook invite is just an evolution of paper invites, e-mail invites, evite invites… You get the picture. I’m using Facebook as my medium of choice because, let’s face it, I know you check the site an absurd amount of times each day.

I’m sending out the invite so that I can prepare accordingly. As an good host will tell you, knowing whether fifteen or fifty people are attending can make a huge difference in how much food, seating, etc to arrange.

Would you ignore a phone call? (Well, maybe…) Would you not send back a wedding RSVP card? (That’s more like it.) No, this isn’t my wedding, but it’s probably damn important to me if I’m taking the time to plan the event and send out invites of any kind.

So, please, when you get my next invite, remember your manners and let me know if I’ll be seeing you…And I promise to always return the favor.



Day 52: Fall in the District

In a very typical sequence of events for me, I realized how much I love summer and everything about it the year after graduating college (read: when there were no more “summers” left). For someone who’s always cold, you can imagine that winter is my least favorite season. And spring, well, at least you know it’s getting warmer.

But fall, well, fall has always meant returning to school, turning a year older, and the need for sweatshirts and jackets and hats and gloves and scarves… You get the picture. New England is famous for its fall foliage, but I think I was always so preoccupied with the upcoming misery that I never stopped to really appreciate the leaves and their colors.

I spent this past weekend strolling through and exploring Georgetown. It was there that the beauty of the season finally hit me. Wearing a light sweater and scarf, Starbucks white mocha in hand, I was able to enjoy the crisp, fresh air and vibrant scenery that surrounded me, and for that, I am truly grateful. (It’s amazing how at peace you can feel once you slow down enough to take in the present.)

What about you? How do you feel about fall?