Social Media Day — #JumpRightIn
If you want to see the number of Tweets sent today, just go here, and you’ll see an ever-growing number that represents something pretty complex — digital culture. Twitter’s mission is “to give everyone the power to create and share ideas and information instantly, without barriers.” This could really be the mission of most social media platforms — from the professional network LinkedIn to the image-based network Instagram.
People’s personal and professional brand is built upon this online lens. Your circles are no longer bound by miles and drive time, but by online searches and hashtags. It’s not only about the information that is at your fingertips, but the people that are sharing and taking in that information — your very own global and diverse network.
June 30 marks the seventh-annual official Social Media Day — and since 2010, it has turned into a global celebration of how technology has transformed the way we communicate. People across industries and our planet will be celebrating the connectivity of our digital culture in online chats and during networking events.
And it’s a little ironic that this day, while celebrated online, is also taken offline. According to Alexandra Ford from Mashable, Social Media Day is celebrated “from happy hours to week-long conferences [as] people use Social Media Day to switch the conversation from online to in real life.”
Social media runs the gamut of use, as we are steeped in content from our networks — from the everyday connections we make with friends and family, to the information we gain from publications and online conversations. Sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming, but like any new tool or platform, you can learn to navigate it and become a Social Media Day savant — which will lead you down the path to becoming a savvy social media user.
Getting social: 3 simple ways to get started
- If you want to see what events are happening in your area, simply do an internet search. Here you will find Facebook groups and Social Media Day events that will give you information on workshops, meetups, happy hours and organizations you can join.
- Search for #SMDay on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to join the conversation. You’ll find articles on social media, online groups you can join and be able to connect with people around the world.
- Take a look at our Do’s, Don’ts, Donuts and the 411 on Social Media document to learn how you overhaul your profile and implement best practices for your own brand. Download the infographic.