In the past few years, there are many events that have been borne out of our digital world. Like "Talk Like a Pirate Day" or Follow Fridays, Social Media Week has become a recognized event, offering a series of activities and conversations around the world (in 21 cities) on emerging trends in social and mobile media across all major industries.
This week was Social Media Week, and while at CMSWire, every day seems like Social Media Week, we’re recapping some of the highlights of the week.
While we certainly couldn’t attend every event, we did listen in thanks to live tweeting and live streaming opportunities. There was some debate over hashtags. Each city had their own, but for general coverage #SMW12 dominated, though #socialmediaweek peppered many tweets, as well. After reviewing feeds all week, we gathered a few of our favorite.
— Rachel Happe (@rhappe) February 15, 2012
When we started paypal we didn't know there'd be hackers and payback - you learn as you move forward #smw12— Pierre DeBois (@ZimanaAnalytics) February 17, 2012
"You can't expect your employees to be doing email at 11pm and yet not allow them to Facebook at 11am" #smwldn— Glenn Le Santo (@lesanto) February 13, 2012
A Week of Infographics
Obviously there’s more to Social Media Week than just tweets. There are infographics! This week there were many social media-themed ones, highlighting everything from how much social media managers make to the changing role of the CIO to the future of sharing.
via The Wall
Keep the Social Media Momentum
There is so much to do and learn from during Social Media Week that many of us will be using the remainder of the year to make sense of it all. The beauty of social media is that it brings together so many people who seem to be dormant throughout the year. However, that’s the challenge of something like Social Media Week — sure, it’s exciting to talk about the issues in supportive, engaging environments, but how do you keep the momentum going through out the other 51 weeks?
As social media grows and new platforms emerge, it’s very clear that more people, businesses and industries are expanding their use and understanding of how social media influences their work. As it grows, Social Media Week may need its own month – or maybe it won’t be needed at all, which may be an unforeseen consequence.