#OCSMS: A Resounding Success!

If you are a regular reader or subscriber, you know about my trip to California for the Orange County Social Media Summit – OCSMS. The event was amazing; a combination of learning, teaching and networking. Is it just a coincidence that Facebook scheduled their IPO for the same day?  I don’t think so; I believe they were trying to draw attention away from the OCSMS!  :)

700 people registered for the summit, another 750 + watched via a streaming service, and Pastor Rick Warren watched via his iPhone while getting his teeth cleaned! I would call that a major success for a first year effort.  A special thank you volunteer organizers Rochelle Veturis Coles, Haley Veturis, Chelsey Veturis and to Saddleback Church; plus a very special thank you to Pastor Warren for stopping by and speaking to the audience for a few moments.

OCSMS was a success due to the incredible network that the organizers, keynote speaker and panelists possess.  This event was conceived and designed by people in social media for people that want to learn more about social media. I believe that is why it was so well attended; a thirst for knowledge. I was honored to have honorary Orange County status bestowed upon me and to learn from some true thought leaders in social business! Not people that call themselves experts, but individuals that work in this medium every day. Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google +, Instagram; these are tools we all use. The OCSMS helped thousands to learn more about how to proper use these tools for their businesses, non-profits and individual lives. 

Final statistics thanks to Rochelle Veturis Coles:

From Friday, May 18th alone, there were 4,625 #OCSMS tweets, created by 615 Twitter users, which reached more than 1,433,956 people – creating more than 11.4 million impressions.

We trended No. 1 on Twitter (in the Southern California area), and had more than 750 people join us, from all across the globe, via the livestream.

Event Post Coverage:

OC Social Media Summit at Saddleback Church

OC Register

 O.C. Social Media Summit Draws 1,000 for Interactive Day of Social Good

Ted Nguyen USA

Connect, Teach and Share at OC Social Media Summit Today

Marcie Taylor’s Blog

 Review of the 2012 Orange County Social Media Summit

My Old Towne Orange

 ORANGE COUNTY SOCIAL MEDIA SUMMIT

From our viewer in Australia – Potential Extractors

 VISUAL SOCIAL MEDIA YOU SHOULD BE USING NOW

Bad Redhead Media

 WAIT. I’M A ROCK STAR? #OCSMS

Rachel In the O.C.

Thanks to participants voting, OCSMS is going to help the Orangewood Children’s Foundation.

Connect. Teach. Share. 

 

 

Rememberances, Connections & The Power of Social Media

On April 21st of this year, I attended the funeral of a friend and former co-worker Tommy Hall. A man that I had the enjoyment of knowing and learning from and the person I credit for my life long Apple Computer addiction. When Tommy and I worked together several years ago, he sold me his Mac PowerBook; that was the first stage of my addiction. Fast forward to today; I own a MacBook Pro, an iPhone and an iPad; with more purchases planned!Tommy left behind an incredible wife and two beautiful daughters. The funeral was hard, as all funerals are, but it also taught me about how we grieve more publicly now than ever before. Many of us that knew Tommy posted remembrances on his Facebook profile as well as on our own walls. I was touched and humbled by the number of my friends that offered love and condolences on this day; many of these people never knew Tommy, but they knew me, and I am very thankful for their friendships.I posted this photo that I sent to Tommy after a trip back home to West Virginia; we all smiled at the fact that he had a road “named” after him in WV.

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       Tommy, you will be missed my friend.It just so happened that on the same day as Tommy’s funeral, our local Meetup 2.0 Group hatched a new Group of professionals to discuss and promote social media.  The Floyd Meetup Group‘s inaugural meeting was both exciting and bittersweet for me due to the events earlier in the day; however as a founding member of our Roanoke Meetup 2.0 Group, I was committed to attending.  Once again being the social person that I am, I posted on Facebook and Twitter  that I would be attending the meeting, and I was genuinely excited to be there and meet new people.When it came time to pay, the waitress asked my Meetup partner, Patsy Stewart who John Lusher was.  Patsy laughed and introduced me, thinking the waitress had heard of me.  The waitress proceeded to inform us that some jewelry lady had called and provided a credit card to pay for my dinner!  It took us a few minutes to figure out that it was my dear friend, Julianne Paulsen or @YrJewelryGal on Twitter.  Julianne owns a jewelry store in Minnesota and is Founder and CEO of Viaggio Bracelets.  Julianne had noticed my posts throughout the day, including the information about Tommy’s funeral as well as the location of our Floyd Meetup meeting; she then found the number of the restaurant and left information to pay for my dinner.  Talk about a humbling experience.On the drive home, my friends tweeted about the woman that bought John’s dinner and I called Julianne to thank her.  Julianne answered the phone laughing because she knew what had happened.  I thanked her profusely and related the story to her about the waitress; but also discovered she has done this to friends before just to surprise them.  She did this for me just to give me a smile and pick-me-up due to the events of the day.  I have not yet had the pleasure to meeting Julianne in person, but I will one day and I will buy her dinner and supply the cigars!  Although we have not met yet, I consider Julianne a dear friend and trusted professional.My reason for this post is to shine the light on how we live now:  socially.  More so than ever before, if we choose to. Whether we are grieving or celebrating; we do so publicly with our extended friends and followers.Thank you Tommy for all you taught me, and thank you Julianne for everything you are to me; I am most certainly blessed with the best friends in the world.