And trust me when I say I'm not trying to say how "cool" or "popular" I am with that statement, but just the fact that I think it's "cool" that that many people care to wish me a happy birthday, and that social media allows for people (some I've never even met) to wish whoever, whenever a happy birthday.
I also owe some thanks, even if it is a bit belated.
As some of you may know, Andrea Compton and I planned and executed SCC's first ever TweetUp SCC Week a couple weeks ago.
Overall, we probably had around 70 people total show up for the events throughout the week, which averages to around 15 or so people at each event. Not bad for our first runaround! Andrea has a good recap of the week's events and speakers on her blog.
But I would just like to send a special thank you shout out to Brian Schwartz (@creativereason) and Craig Moore (@CraigGMoore) for appearing as a guest speaker and panelist for two of our TweetUp events! Brian came on behalf of Social Media Club - St. Louis (@SMCSTL) and talked about the differences between networking and friending on social networks, and Craig was the legal representative on the Privacy and Security Panel following the showing of Catfish. They were both very generous to donate their time and efforts to being a part of TweetUp SCC, and I hope they will come back next year!
(Side note: I contacted both of our speakers via Twitter, including Craig who I had never even met personally! If that doesn't prove the value of social media, then stay tuned for more...)
Andrea and I both would love to host TweetUp again, but we will probably change up a few of the events to better fit the needs of the SCC community. We realized we might have been a bit overzealous by cramming in five separate events into four days, and we also realized that some of our topics were a bit too advanced for our audiences. Surprisingly for me, the most common question I heard was, "What is Twitter?" So we clearly need to start with the basics, rather than jumping into the more advanced topics of social media!
All in all though I had a great time and learned a lot myself! If you attended and have any feedback for us, please comment on my or Andrea's blog, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'd appreciate it!
Twitter came to my rescue yet again. I am on the planning subcommittee for the SCC 25th Anniversary Trivia Night, which is this Friday, by the way, and it was my job to collect items for the sports raffle basket. So first things first, I sent out a tweet:
- Massage gift certificates
- Panera bread for a year
- Restaurant gift cards
- Wine basket
- Movie passes