Mashable.com had a great idea in creating and promoting the first World-Wide Social Media Day (June 30, 2010) for people all over the world to “acknowledge and celebrate the revolution of media becoming social”.
I am fortunate enough to live in Silicon Valley, which I believe is the capital of Social Networking, if not Social Media! I was able to attend 2 of over 500+ meet-ups held around the globe. The 2 meet-ups I attended were lots of fun, provided excellent offline social networking opportunities, and gave me additional insights in to the rapidly growing world of social media.
The first meet-up was hosted by PureMatter at their offices in San Jose. PureMatter’s tag line is “Brand Marketing and Interactive” and they say they believe in serious fun. In a cocktail reception-like environment, speakers from Coremetrics and Ning.com discussed their key product attributes along with a few mandatory PowerPoint slides.
Wildfire Interactive hosted their meet-up in their new offices in downtown Palo Alto and on the rooftop . It felt like a Friday night beer bash at a start-up with an on-going demo of Wildfire’s web 2.0 products. You could casually move from Socializing to product demo and back to Socializing – very cool! BTW -Wildfire’s products promote companies on social media through contests, sweepstakes, and coupons.
I thank both PureMatter and Wildfire for hosting their meet-ups and look forward to Social Media Day 2011. I’m sure that there will be many more opportunities to be Social and learn a whole lot more.