Belly Laugh Day, January 24. What if Cats and Dogs Had Opposable Thumbs Day, March 3. Talk Like a Pirate Day, September 19. Yes, these are real holidays. And the world just got one more: Social Media Day, June 30.
Created by Mashable, the global giant in Web 2.0 and social media communications, Social Media Day celebrates “media going social.” Buffalo is one of more than 500 cities around the world that will be hosting one of these “Meetups,” bringing together people and businesses that embrace using social media. This includes Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, Flickr, Foursquare or any of the myriad number of other social media outlets available. In essence, this is an opportunity for local businesses to interact with their fans and followers in person, as well as for people to meet with others that engage in forms of social media that would potentially bridge them together, be it for social reasons or possible future ventures and collaborations. Consider it Networking 2.0, but way more hip and minus the contrived stuffiness.
“The popularity of social media has exploded and will continue to grow because, at its core, social media fulfills the basic need of people to meet and connect with others who share the same interests and values,” said Keith Stephan, spokesman for the Buffalo Meetup organizers. “Social Media Day is a great opportunity for us to go beyond the digital to make deeper, lasting human connections.”
No one can dispute that social media has transformed the way we receive news and information, as well as how we communicate with each other, conduct our work and even organize our lives. If you’re reading this, you are a part of this shift – Buffalo Rising is a great example of it. According to Chirp, Twitter’s annual developer conference, there are 300,000 new accounts established daily on Twitter (yes, daily). There are countless staggering statistics of how various social media forums are taking over the world. Rather than listing them all, I suggest you take a look at some of these “mind-blowing” statistics from one digital marketing firm.
There is an entire dialogue happening about Buffalo that is easily accessible and looking for new voices and ideas. In fact, if you want to know what the generation of today and tomorrow thinks and feels about our city and what entrepreneurs are doing out there, see what they are saying through social media. It’s actually through Twitter that the idea to do a Buffalo Meetup was first born and now is currently being organized.
The Buffalo Meetup will be held from 8-10 p.m. on June 30 at Merge in downtown Buffalo. Food and drink specials and music from DJ LoPro will be featured throughout the night. Local businesses that are actively using Facebook and Twitter are donating prizes that will be raffled off, including gift certificates to Cecelia’s Ristorante, Krudmart, CityLove Clothing Company, Vanity Salon and Five Points Bakery; two head shots from local photographer Will Ingalls; passes to Snow Park Niagara Falls; a free home design consultation by Blue Sky Design Supply; and many more. The event will even show a live stream of tweets and Facebook posts about the event.
For more information, visit the Mashable Meetup Buffalo web page or the Facebook event page. Twitter users are invited to use the hashtags #smday and #smdayBUF and to follow the event organizers: @skunkworks716 @KatieKraw @BlockClub @Wingalls @Djlopro @TonyCityLove @arampino.
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