Austin Social Media Club is Growing

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I don’t usually do this, but I’m going to re-post a piece from the Austin Social Media Club site published today so that we can get the word out to as many folks as possible about a meeting this Friday.

~Mike Chapman

Organizational Meeting - Friday, April 18, Cafe Caffeine, Noon

In 2006, when I first heard Connie Reece talking about this phenomenon called social media and then later include me in the start-up of the Social Media Club, I had no idea just how quickly so many good things would result from it. To avoid using this post for overly blatant self-promotion, I’ll summarize by saying that we’ve gotten really busy over a very short period of time.

Being involved in the Social Media Club has been extremely effective for us in creating relationships and forming networks across the Austin area and around the world. In fact, Connie is now the Executive Director of the entire international Social Media Club.

Conrad Hametner, Cynthia Baker, Chris Leonard, Kelley Burrus, Brenda Thompson, Clint Howell, whurley, and all of the other co-founders and supporters who’ve been involved since its inception are enjoying the benefits of being involved in the Austin SMC.

We’ve had some excellent programs including John Moore of Brand Autopsy, the Dell Digital Media team, panels on politics with Jon Lebkowsky, Eileen Smith and Sam McCabe, how to create social media news room, Adam Weinroth of Pluck, Second Life, and much more.

We’ve gotten busy with so many new projects, however, that we’ve let our meetings slide for a few months here in Austin. We’re admitting, in public, that we need help. We need even more people involved in order to take the Austin SMC to the next level.

We’re meeting this Friday, at Cafe Caffeine around noon, so we can brainstorm and continue the conversation while looking to the future. We have no preconceived ideas - well, maybe a few - but are quite confident that the results will be better than we could plan or manage alone.

If you’re interested in collaborating on the next phase of SMC, please be there. Cafe Caffeine hosts Jelly in Austin every Friday - one of the main reasons we picked the day and location - and the atmosphere and attitude is exactly what we’re looking for. In case you’re not familiar with it, Jelly is a casual coworking environment which is also international in scope.

Even if you can’t be there, join us anyway by commenting here. As all of us who are a part of social media know, this is a team effort and everyone who is interested is invited. We look forward to seeing you or hearing from you this Friday.


P.S. Just about everyone mentioned in this post Twitters. You can follow me @mikechapman and I’ll introduce you around if you’re new. We’ll be twittering during the meeting on Friday and you can join in the conversation from anywhere.

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6 Comments For This Post

  1. Clint Howell Says:

    You know I am good for helping out wherever/whenever I can. I have a 1pm meeting this Friday or I would be there to throw my hat and my 2 cents in the ring. Let me know if there is anything I can help with. Good luck! I’ll be watching my twitter feed before my meet. @Clinternet

    -Clint Howell

  2. Chris Leonard Says:

    I look forward to it.

  3. Jackie Huba Says:

    Darn! I have a meeting at noon this Friday so will miss the meeting. Let me know if I can help in any way.

  4. Michelle Greer Says:


    Thank you for doing this :-) .


  5. Alex S. Jones Says:

    This was a great meeting, and I’m very excited to have met everyone and to be able to contribute going forward. I signed up to help set up programs for future gatherings and will likely jump into other areas as needed/time allows.

    Thanks for setting this up!

  6. Brenda Thompson Says:

    I was really sorry to have to miss this meeting. SMC is important to me and I definitely want to stay involved. Thanks so much for all you and Connie are doing.