Why I’m a fan of Social Media Club

Knowing we’ve blogged a bit about Robert Scoble being on Social Media Club’s first BlogTalkRadio show, I did want to wax on a bit about Social Media Club itself. First off, if you don’t know it, here’s the vision statement from their site:

Social Media Club is being organized for the purpose of sharing best practices, establishing ethics and standards, and for promoting media literacy. This is the beginning of a global conversation about building an organization and a community where the many diverse groups of people who care about social media can come together to discover, connect, share and learn.

I’ve been aware of SMC for about a year when I first met Howard Greenstein. Howard is the co-founder and past acting CEO for SMC and still very involved in the NYC chapter. (He’s also an organizer for PodCamp NYC). I got to know Chris Heuer and Kristie Wells (Chris is the current president and co-founder and Kristie is also a co-founder) when they sponsored PodCamp NYC last year. Specifically, they helped us setup and deal with our PayPal account which got fairly hairy when we ended up having sixty four sponsors.

So here’s the thing. I think it’s important to give shout outs/props to people when they help you and even more so when they practice what they preach. Chris, Kristie, Howard and SMC at large is about helping the new media community along with “newbies” interested in learning how to use new media. They work hard to organize events, online and off, that provide top notch content in an open atmosphere.

Long story short, get to know Social Media Club and find a chapter near you.

-John C. Havens

2 thoughts on “Why I’m a fan of Social Media Club

  1. Chris Heuer

    Aw shux John – thank you very much.

    For me personally, it is important that the good people, who are doing good work, find ways to support one another and support the sort of ethical behaviour we want to see more of… Chris Brogan’s idea for the Grasshopper Network is another example of this sort of thinking.

    I have been extremely fortunate in meeting good people like Howard, Connie Reece, Tris Hussey, yourself and countless others who share the common belief that we, together, can make a difference. This is perhaps the most rewarding aspect of the community work we have done over the past year plus – that we have made a difference, that we have helped people and that we, together, are helping more people understand that what lies beneath the surface of Social Media is major sea change in our world and how we relate to one another…


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