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The second annual Social Media Day, a worldwide celebration of the revolution of media becoming social, is in two weeks. It’s a day to connect not only through the instant, real-time communication tools we use online, but also in person. For this reason, we’re encouraging our Mashable readers to self-organize Social Media Day Meetups in their hometowns.
As members of our Mashable community prepare to connect offline on June 30, we recognize that these Meetups will take many forms, depending on what works best for each community. Whether it’s a small group of networkers or a panel discussion of digital influencers, there’s no wrong way to celebrate Social Media Day.
Here’s a look at how a few Mashable fans are celebrating Social Media Day 2011.
Desiree Ford of Phoenix, Arizona, is putting together a big blowout event to honor Social Media Day at District American Kitchen and Wine Bar. She expects 500 attendees and has prepared swag bags from sponsors for attendees.
The idea is to keep it loose and have a fun, informal networking event. “No guest speaker — this is a party!” Ford said. However, there will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Ford’s company Pink Media, which she founded after being inspired by the first Social Media Day last year. She’s also trying to get the state of Arizona to officially proclaim June 30 as Social Media Day, much like the cities of Vancouver and Victoria did last year.
In Paris, organizer James Medd is planning a big event at La Bellevilloise, a venue often used for concerts, art shows and other public events. This Meetup will have four to five speakers, including Patrice Lamothe, CEO of social curation community Pearltrees. He’s also tapped Parisian pop band 21yo (pictured above) to perform live after the presentations. Companies such as Emailvision and LeNewz have signed on as sponsors. LeNewz will be providing FlipCams so attendees can record the event and interview each other.
Not every Meetup needs to include drink specials and music, though. Social media enthusiasts in Raleigh, North Carolina, are getting together to talk about social media’s role in business. Unlike the comparatively huge events listed above, this one will be more intimate. Fifteen people attended last year, and organizers hope those numbers will more than double this year. It will take place at the Busy Bee Cafe in downtown Raleigh, a venue that organizer Niki Staehle says is “extremely popular with 20-30 somethings.” From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., there will be networking and several speakers lined up to talk about the social influence in the business sphere. The event is free and there’s a catered menu of low-cost, healthy fare.
Social Media Day Meetups can take any form, as long as they are fun ways to get together and share our common digital bond. Mashable is hosting events in New York City and San Francisco, and fans are organizing around the world. Find an event near you on our Social Media Day Meetup page.
How will you celebrate Social Media Day? What are you most looking forward to about the event? Tell us in the comments.
Image courtesy of Attention Au Petit Oiseau Photographies.