The past few years have been a wonderful experience for me utilizing social media and has changed my life in numerous ways. I’ve met new friends, joined new groups, and have organized my own meetings. I’ve often wondered if other people are experiencing similar positive interactions because of social media.
In February of 2011, I attended the NetUp Now social media conference hosted by the wonderful Steve Green in Miami beach, FL. I met some great people and increased my Twitter followers to 1,000 more in just 2 days!
Although many people are not yet seeing the benefits of Twitter in Key West, I decided to host a monthly TweetUp. I’ve since changed the name to the Social Media Meet Up (SMMU). We meet each month and raise money for the Protect Our Reefs organization which also happens to be one of my clients!
During the summer my new friend Barbie; or better know as the Key West sunrise queen, took me out on her charter boat to go lobster hunting! Follow her on Twitter for her famous sunrise photos and other beautiful Florida keys photography.
There are other social gatherings in Key West which have also had a positive affect in my life. I attended a Girls Night Out event in which I met one our Fantasy Fest Queen candidates, Elizabeth Ketcham. She was fostering a small dog, which now belongs to Kianna and I.
Since I had lived in Key West from 1994-1997, I kept running into old friends and co-workers from the past. I decided to organize a reunion in September. Utilizing Facebook events we gathered at the Casa Marina resort where we all previously worked.
I also joined the Key West Business Guild and have loved attending their networking events each month. I’ve met some great people and have shared some wonderful conversations. I’m also looking forward to speaking at their luncheon on March 7, 2012.
And let’s not forget the Sunset Social Drinking Club which has a pub crawl this Saturday, February 25th. This is a club where the professional go to drink! Did I mention I’m Irish?
Social media has played an important role in my success in life and business and I hope it has in yours as well. I’m looking forward to what 2012 will bring. Tell me, how has it affected you?