I’m not sure about your local community, but here in Norther Colorado (NOCO) we’ve got a pretty decent, albeit relatively small, but growing social media community. This is a group of people that follow tweet-ups, chamber of commerce events, Ignite events, social media training, etc… I can’t speak for everyone, however, I do feel that there are a couple of events/venues that typically outshine all the others.. namely the local Ignite events (we have Ignite Fort Collins @IgniteFC and down the road there’s a very popular Ignite Boulder following). I should clarify also that by social media goups, I’m referring to those that typically communicate and extend their reach via popular social media outlets like Twitter and facebook.
I have to say though that I found it very interesting that just today, the day that tickets were officially released for Ignite Fort Collins #2, that a local “social celebrity”, Joel Comm (Twitter @JoelComm), decided to announce a joint book signing, Tweet-up, and Twitter Talk taking place the exact same time as Ignite Fort Collins #2 – OOPS! Obviously the focus of this event is Joel’s book ($$$) and the selling of said book. A big mistake in my mind though, and something that a Twitter/social media “expert” should be aware of though is that planning a Tweet-up on the same night as the local Ignite event is a big Oops! I have to guess that Joel (or his publicist) isn’t even aware that Ignite is taking place otherwise you’d have to think this overlap wouldn’t have taken place – or perhaps the event scheduling is totally out of his control or maybe doesn’t really matter to them! Some advice to you “social media experts” out there, next time you plan an event, check out the local hapennings via some popular web2.0 social calendars (I suggest eventful, eventbrite, meetup and even searching twitter) and avoid the blunders like this one… Joel, I would have enjoyed your tweet-Up, however, I’ll be at Ignite with about 200 other local social media nuts!