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Social Media Club Orlando

Social Media Club Orlando
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UCF Executive Development Center
36 W Pine St
Orlando, FL 32801

SMC Orlando's primary mission is to promote media literacy, promote standard technologies, encourage ethical behavior and share best practices.

Our hashtag is #SMCORL

We bring together journalists, publishers, communications professionals, artists, amateur media creators, citizen journalists, teachers, students, tool makers, and other interested collaboraters. Essentially the people who create and consume media who have an interest in seeing the ‘media industry’ evolve for everyone’s benefit. We are more than just USERS, we are the reason the tools exist - we are the people who communicate our thoughts and ideas near and far. Join us and let’s shape the future together!

Our Tag Line: If you get it, share it
Hmmmm, get what? Well, the simple explanation of our tag line is that if you understand Social Media, share your understanding with others. Don't just horde it all to yourself as if we still lived in a world where keeping knowledge within a given SILO was the smart thing to do. Help yourself grow your reputation, your influence and your expertise by sharing what you know with others.

The Mission(s) of Social Media Club

In looking at what is most important to us, it would seem most appropriate to focus our efforts on the four areas of our core mission:

Media Literacy: Find and organize all the best Introduction to Social Media presentations, classes, discussions, cartoons, videos, blog posts etc… There are a lot of ‘here is what you need to know about social media‘ lists out there as well – where are they, which ones are the best. If you have some materials to submit, or if you run across some good material, can you please join this project by submitting your introduction to Social Media materials on the Social Media Club wiki.

Sharing Lessons Learned: We are building a section on Social Media Champions – the people inside of organizations who fought for engaging customers, employees and the broader market through Social Media. We are looking for champions to fill out an online interview form and will be publishing the findings on the Social Media Club blog and some of them in the book. In short, we want to discover how you overcame the objections of management, what worked for you and what didn’t. Or more simply, how did you go from weird outsider to welcomed champion? Go to the Champions project page on the wiki for more information.

Encourage Adoption of Industry Standards: Leverage our collective expertise to further promote key industry standards such as Creative Commons, Open ID, Data Portability, the Open Web Foundation and others. In principle it would be great if we could do work along the lines of what Chris Messina et al did with Spread Firefox – find ways to expand awareness and explain these key standards to more everyday folks, business decision makers and others.

Promote Ethical Behavior: This is tougher to get a project going in this area since it is more of a matter of discussion, but from that principle, comes the idea for our first project. We are starting a discussion about how membership in Social Media Club can serve as a ‘trusted mark’ for people to know that someone is ethical, understands social media and is committed to the advancement of the industry. There are more and more people claiming to be ’social media experts’ while more and more of us are shunning such titles, realizing we are merely practitioners who are learning more each day.

Founding Date: 
8 years 51 weeks ago
Meeting Time: 
2nd Tuesdays, 6:30 - 8:00pm


UCF Executive Development Center
36 W Pine St
Orlando, FL 32801
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