Social Media Thoughts & Charity Tweetup at Sundance

Jan 19 2009

Social Media Shift

What is social media?
Well, first of all, media is a medium to share information; to share stories if you will. In the early years of human history, the media was the spoken word. That’s how stories were shared.

Fast forward to 2009, and the media has changed. Text, photos, audio, video. Drastically changed by significant technology innovations over hundreds of years, with that pace of change accelerating and accelerating in the last 20 years.The other component is the social one. Again, because of technology, and mostly because of the connecting nature of the worldwide network we call the Internet, people can now use these changed mediums to communicate and share in ways previously not possible.To be honest, I don’t get it sometimes, the change is literally mind-boggling. Technology is changing the world faster than most of us can keep up. But that’s not the point. I have no doubt the way that we as humans communicate, associate, relate, and I’m sure about 10 more ‘ate’ words is undergoing a fundamental shift.

Why did I start blogging 2.5 yrs ago? (www.jeremyhanks.com) Why did I finally join Facebook 1.5 yrs ago? (www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=718624160) Why have I participated with LinkedIn and tried to maintain a new type of business network? (www.linkedin.com/in/jeremyhanks) Why did I join Twitter 2 months ago (@jeremyhanks)?I think it’s all my way of trying to keep up.

Charity Tweetup at Sundance
And in the spirit of trying to keep up, I decided to have Doba help sponsor a tweetup for charity this Thursday night January 22 at Park City Mountain Resort.(What’s a tweetup? Well, people on Twitter spew forth info all day long and talk to and amongst their followers. Sometimes, they still actually want to get together face-to-face, imagine that!)Suntweet 2009Social Hat and Startup Princess put the event together. Here are the details.The money you bring ($5 Minimum) will go to a charity that will be selected by social survey during the event. It’s going to be fun, you’ll meet great people, you’ll help out a good cause, and maybe we can all try to keep up with these changes together. 

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  • http://www.startupprincess.com/ Kelly King Anderson

    Jeremy,
    Thank you for demonstrating by example that while it’s difficult to keep up with social media and the fast-pace of it all, we should just jump in and try our best anyhow, there’s much to be gained in the process. The last casual tweetup I organized in St. George ended up being tremendously valuable for all involved (a magazine editor came and I’m now contributing an article!) and I have no doubt that #suntweet will be incredibly helpful for people who have been tweeting to connect and further cement relationships, potential partnerships, and more… thank you for embracing the spirit of entrepreneurship and social media and for supporting this event!

    When Jeremy told me that he’d sponsor the event he said he’d do it on the condition that if he puts down money to cover food, than he’d ask people to be generous and do more than the $5 minimum for the charity we’re raising money for…I hope we see a lot of generosity on Thursday night,can’t wait!

    Thanks again, Jeremy and I look forward to meeting you in person FINALLY at suntweet.

  • http://www.startupprincess.com Kelly King Anderson

    Jeremy,
    Thank you for demonstrating by example that while it’s difficult to keep up with social media and the fast-pace of it all, we should just jump in and try our best anyhow, there’s much to be gained in the process. The last casual tweetup I organized in St. George ended up being tremendously valuable for all involved (a magazine editor came and I’m now contributing an article!) and I have no doubt that #suntweet will be incredibly helpful for people who have been tweeting to connect and further cement relationships, potential partnerships, and more… thank you for embracing the spirit of entrepreneurship and social media and for supporting this event!

    When Jeremy told me that he’d sponsor the event he said he’d do it on the condition that if he puts down money to cover food, than he’d ask people to be generous and do more than the $5 minimum for the charity we’re raising money for…I hope we see a lot of generosity on Thursday night,can’t wait!

    Thanks again, Jeremy and I look forward to meeting you in person FINALLY at suntweet.