I just got back from the premier meeting of the Salt Lake City Social Media Club, a meeting of local Salt Lake area social media mavens and marauders*. A good time was most certainly had by all who attended, and there were quite a few of us.
I am not sure of the official numbers, but I am certain there were a minimum of 60 people at the event, and it could easily have been 80 or so. (update: I am seeing official reports of ’71′)
With a good mix of usual suspects and new faces, the meeting provided a great opportunity to say ‘hello’ to old and new friends alike, and to add a handful of people to my list of friends to look for at the next social media event.
A special Thank You goes to the great folks at The Summit Group for hosting the event, and providing the well-received pizza and sodas (at one point drawing applause from the entire crowd as a new round of boxes were brought in).
We started the evening with a healthy round of socializing before tuning in to Social Media Club founder Chris Heuer for a video conference via Skype. Chris welcomed us to The Club, provided an introduction and scope of the club’s structure and objectives, and then answered a couple of questions.
After listening to Chris for a few minutes we all migrated to the downstairs where we had more open space to break into smaller workgroups for a few minutes of focused discussion. There were six or so breakout groups, each with a specific area of social media to discuss. At the end of the breakout discussions a representative from each group presented some thoughts to the rest of the attendees.
Initially skeptical of the structure, I soon found myself getting involved and enjoyed hearing the insights from each of the groups. The breakouts turned out to be a great idea and enforced a sense of value for the meeting. We all left understanding that the discussion was recorded, and will be published at some point in the future. I’ll link from here when that happens.
I took a handful of photos with my phone. Here they are below…
To everyone at the event: Thank you and ‘nice to meet you’. To everyone who missed it; we’ll see you at the next one, to be held on every third Thursday from here on out. Watch the official Web site for details.
I hope to see you all at the #suntweet Charity Tweetup next week!
*I meant that in the nicest possible sense of the word.