Is social media really social? Does social media really drive “real-life” conversations?
Many will argue that is doesn’t. In fact, people might say that users of social media tools like Twitter and Facebook aren’t really being social – they’re completely focused their laptops or smart-phones and completely oblivious to the world around them. That may be the case, but I am not here to argue that point!
I want to share an example where social media actually drives the conversation in real-life. For that, you have to look no further than Java MeetUp (612).
What is Java MeetUp (612)?
Here’s how the group is described on their Facebook/Twitter bio pages:
A monthly Java MeetUp in the Twin Cities (Minnesota), where Über marketers, Business Junkies and Social Media Rebels meet together to discuss a variety of subjects related to our associated fields of work, and also listen to speakers on various topics.
Java MeetUp (612) uses social media to get the word out about their monthly gatherings and, as a result, they’ve created a large online community. Using the Twitter hashtag #jmu612, people can connect with others and follow the conversation online. Connecting online with some of the attendees is fun, but it’s difficult to engage in a meaningful conversation 140 characters at a time.
Why Java MeetUp (612) Matters
For me, what matters even more, are the real-life conversations that come out of each event. Yes, social media is the connection point, but real-life, face-to-face conversations is where relationships are formed, where knowledge is shared, and where life happens. The organizers of Java MeetUp (612) know that, and for that reason, they’ve added even greater value to the community by facilitating in-real-life connections.
In my humble opinion, social media is about one thing: building community! Java MeetUp (612) does that very well!
I hope you’ll check them out using Facebook and Twitter … and, eventually in person! I know you’ll love the conversations!
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Other examples where social media is helping drive real-life, face-t0-face conversations?
Thanks for sharing!