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Welcome to Social Media Club Virginia Beach


Welcome to Social Media Club Virginia Beach, where innovators from Virginia will meet for monthly events to share, engage and collaborate with the community on the issues of social media and technology. Our chapter launched in 2010, and our leadership board includes Cara Mandart and Mike Key.   For more information, please leave a comment or visit our Facebook group, where we have 739 members as of today, and say hello. 

How to add the static FBML App to your Facebook Page

Static FBML is a Facebook Platform application developed by the Facebook engineers to allow Page administrators to add advanced functionality to their Pages using HTML, CSS and FBML (Facebook Markup Language). The application adds a box to your Page in which you can render HTML or FBML for enhanced Page customization.

In this video I teach you how to add the static FBML application to your Facebook page to create a custom “Landing Tab”. This is for the novice user who is familiar with Facebook. 

Internet and Facebook Security at Social Media Club VA Beach

“Secure your information like you secure your home!” That was Troy Glancy’s message at the Social Media Club Virginia Beach meet-up on May 10. Troy is an IT expert and owner of Laris Technologies in Chesapeake, VA. He spoke to the SMCVB crew about online security and Facebook privacy. His presentation was packed with truly eye-opening information and included valuable reminders about basic internet security. Here’s some of his expert advice!

Get Better Security Tools! According to Troy, some lesser-known security programs and tools are better than the big names we are used to. Troy recommends the following:

  • (Troy says it’s the best)

Follow Your Competition! Want to know what your competition is up to, yet keep them from knowing what you are up to? Follow your competition’s fan pages, but use Facebook privacy settings to block their view of your wall. Go to Account, Privacy Settings, Personal Information and Posts, and then Posts By Me. Then, select “custom” to specify who can’t see your information.

Facebook sells your info! Did you know Facebook sells your demographic information to market research companies? One way to limit this is to deactivate Facebook’s “Instant Personalization Pilot Program.” At the top right of your Facebook profile, click the following in this order: Accounts, Privacy Settings, then Applications and Websites. At the bottom of the page, edit your setting for Instant Personalization Pilot Program.

Reduce the Threat of Key-Loggers! If you don’t secure your personal info on the Internet, you make yourself vulnerable to key-loggers. They are hackers who infect your computer with spyware allowing them to see a record of every key you type, including usernames, passwords and other account information. To prevent this, keep your anti-virus/anti-spyware software up to date. Don’t ignore those update messages you receive!

Blackberry Fun Fact! Troy says Blackberry is the most secure mobile device on the market! Another reason to justify your blackberry addiction!

Don’t Forget the Basics!

  • Delete emails that ask for account or login information. They are phishing scams!
  • Secure your wireless internet network! In layman’s terms, that means creating a password for your wireless router!
  • Don’t post pictures of your kids - or their names - on the Internet! It puts your children’s safety at risk from predators, both online and offline.
  • Don’t forget - once you put something on the Internet, it’s there forever! Choose wisely!

SMCVB Collection of Presentations, Hand Outs And More

If you are new to Social Media Club Virginia Beach, or missed a few events, you can check out all that we have discussed since our October 2009 launch.

Check out our collection and see why our tagline is " If You Get It, Share It! ".  Below is a link to our  page where we display downloadable versions of our How-To Handouts, Offsite Presentations, Non-Profit Cause highlights, and more. We will continually add to this here  on as well as on and .



Let us know what you think, and if there is anything you would like to share with the group at upcoming events. Contact Cara Mandart to discuss various monthly event sponsorships at

We’re More Than Just Users, We Are The Reason The Tools Exist.

    Why Social Media Club Virginia Beach?

We are a chapter of a worldwide social media organization whose mission is
* Media Literacy * Sharing Lessons Learned * Industry Standards * Ethical Behavior.

SMCVB’s purpose is to grow online relationships in a casual environment. We believe that Social Media is about conversations among all walks of life, and includes taking it offline and connecting in person with your online social contacts.

SMCVB is not your average seminar style meet-up. Each month we host casual conversations where we highlight a different topic geared towards all types of social media users, from families, students, bloggers, educators, small and large businesses…everyone!

The Virginia Beach Chapter meets the first Wednesday of every month. Laptops Welcome, Fee WIFI provided. RSVP's here:

Havana Red Mill offers drink & appetizer specials for the entire evening for SMCVB attendees!
6:00-7:00 Casual mixer, order dinner, drinks if you’d like.
7:00-8:00 Moderated interactive social media discussions. Twitter hashtag #SMCVB.
8:00-9:00 Stay to enjoy food/drinks and continue the conversations

Join the Daily Conversation here:

Want to contribute as a Guest Blogger, Speaker or Sponsor? Contact Cara Mandart at 

We’re more than just users, we are the reason the tools exist. If You Get It, Share It.

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