Kickstarting Social Media Club

Social Media Club is one of those organizations Holly and I have gained so much from.  As a collective that loves using the web and being on the, Shiny New Toy believes that the web is a better place when every new person, company, and organization starts participating and communicating via the web and related social media technologies.  Social Media Club is an organization that serves to share and spread the knowledge about that practice; support industry standards such as OpenID and mircoformats; and promote ethical behavior online.

I’m proud to be able to call the the two Social Media Club founders, Kristie Wells and Chris Heuer, my friends.  In the social media world (and in life), they are a dynamic duo.  For that matter, in any world they make a killer pair…like Sonny & Cher, Riggs & Murtaugh, or Bert & Ernie.  Even like mac & cheese. Over the past few years, Kristie and Chris poured their hearts and minds into Social Media Club.  Attending SMC events in the bay area has provided me a wealth of knowledge and a countless number of positive relationships with industry leaders and peers.  So when I received an email from Chris asking me to participate an interim board of directors to help guide the club’s strategic direction and goals, I was incredibly humbled and honored to be included in a group of 42 industry leaders asked to step forward and lend a helping hand. After all, it’s fits with my 2008 mantra of Giving Back.

And today, Social Media Club formally announced that the 42 people listed below will make up an interim Board of Directors to guide SMC into the future.


It’s an impressive list.  I’m not the only who has said, "It’s an honor simply to be included in that group." I’m eager to work side-by-side with these colleagues.  I’m excited to learn from them.  And I can’t wait to see what these unique and brilliant minds come up with collectively.

Holly and I are also taking a more active role in leading the local San Francisco/Silicon Valley Chapter of the Social Media Club.  We’ll share more about that in coming weeks.  To our friends around the Bay Area, join us on Monday, July 28 for a SMC meetup in Menlo Park.  And to our friends around the world, find a Social Media Club chapter near you or even start one.

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