Social Media Club Week-in-Review for May 28

As many of us here in the States wind down for a coveted Memorial Day three-day weekend of barbecuing, outdoor fun and perhaps even unplugging from our laptops and smart phones long enough to get some sun, its the perfect opportunity to introduce our week-in-review post highlighting and giving thanks to some of our best programs across the globe.

So forget about tomorrow's trip to the in-laws' house and all the trouble Facebook has been in and enjoy some good news from your friends in social media.

New Beginnings

Each week new Social Media Club chapters launch around the world, from Adelaide, Australia to Bremen, Germany, and the first event from Social Media Club Niagara in Canada May 27 wasted no time in making quite the impact in their local community.

It can be a challenge forging a new path with a new team in a city, but SMC Niagara did just that with the help of  newspaper and radio interest in their mission to share the up-to-date information concerning social media strategies, case studies, best practices and resources. More than 40 participants came out in force for the launch, with upcoming event planned to showcase speakers, collaborate, and "have a little fun" in the process.

Older Beginnings

Before Social Media Club became a world-wide organization requiring "How to Say Cheers in 50 Different Countries" as a permanent desktop feature,  it was just an idea in the minds of founders Chris Heuer and Kristie Wells – and this week at WebCom Montreal 2010 the story of how Social Media Club came to be was presented for the first time.

"Community from the Heart" spans from initial inspiration at a BarCamp way back in 2005 to what would soon evolve into a vision and approach that spread internationally faster than a viral video. Chris and Kristie also discussed the future of the organization, emphasizing curation of ideas, learning and education, as illustrated in the Social Media Club Education Connection.

Social Media Camp McAllen Announced

Social Media Club Rio Grande Valley unveiled plans this week for a full-scale Social Media Camp to be held in McAllen, Texas, August 17, bring together the brightest minds in Social Media with people interested in learning more about the power of Community Based Marketing. Spaces are limited, but ticket and sponsorship information can be found on the official website.

If you are a Social Media Club chapter leader with important news or updates for the community, email it to smc (dot) justinh (at) gmail (dot) com by the Thursday of each week to be featured in our week-in-review post. And in the meantime if you get it, keep sharing it.