November 19, 2008 – THIS was an example of social media at it’s finest! Digg meeting and connecting with their Diggers! People talking, laughing, networking, drinking, dancing together. This is how you do it, this is how you build brand loyalty. A lot of websites are doing this now – including Mashable, Seesmic, Plista, Facebook, Ch.imp, ROFLcon, BlogHer, Social Media Club, and WordPress – to name a few of the events I’ve attended this year. Twitter users are so determined to connect and network with each other that they make their own events, that they fondly call Tweetups.
“Digg is (a website) democratizing digital media. As a user, you participate in determining all site content by discovering, selecting, sharing, and discussing the news, and videos that appeal to you.” If I find an awesome article online I Digg it, I submit it to the Digg website or I click on the site’s Digg button, if they have one, to submit it. When you see an article that has a lot of Diggs, that lets you know a lot of people thought it was good and that it’s probably worthwhile to read it. I have my own Digg button here on my blog site as well as a Digg button that I downloaded for Firefox to easily Digg articles I like.
Holly and I went inside Mighty, looked around, then proceeded to the Photoboof. You take photo booth pics and get copies back, just like a regular photo booth, but in addition, your photos are randomly shown on the big screen out in the main room in different patterns! Fun!
We both received one drink ticket each, and they didn’t make white Russians, so Holly gave me hers. I ended up having two glasses of white wine, then later one more that John Yamasaki, of Tech Karaoke fame, gallantly bought for me. Luckily I ate before going, since there is no food there, so I was fine to drive.
At first I didn’t see anyone I knew, but slowly people arrived. Karen Hartline, event coordinator with Mashable.com was there, and yes, we met in the bathroom and took our requisite pic there! I also saw Nicholas Iannone, Nick is with GETV-Geek Entertainment TV. He shared a secret with me that MC Hammer was our surprise guest! Later 5 other people told me the same thing as the rumor swirled around the room.
I finally got the chance to talk with Cathy Brooks from Seesmic for a couple of minutes. She was brilliantly moderating a panel at the last Social Media Club event I attended, but I didn’t get the chance to speak to her then. She was so nice and said she has been following my blog and can see the progression! Yay for my progression! I am MAD that the pic we took together came out a bit fuzzy. We’ll have to do a new one the next time we run into each other!
I met Larry Chiang last night, too. Larry is a tall handsome blogger who blogs about business and social media. His newest project is some old-school article writing for Business Week! I just discovered Larry’s blog recently and was really impressed with his intelligent writing style, laced with bits of humor, so it was really a pleasure to meet him in person!
Holly and I briefly met the founders of Digg. All the Digg people were very friendly and fun, they had about 50 employees there socializing and mixing with each other and the crowd. I enjoyed sitting next to and talking to a girl who works in Digg’s financial department, a sweetie!
The founders, Kevin Rose and Jay Adelson gave a brief speech, then turned the mic over to a rapper named Jelly Donut – who was actually wearing a jelly doughnut costume complete with hot pink tights! Rapper Two Touch joined him and they freestyled to words picked out of a bucket! Rap isn’t my top choice – but they definitely rocked the crowd! Finally MC Hammer was announced! Very fun! He didn’t actually perform, at least while I was there, but he did have a mic and was singing along from time to time. He was supposed to be judging the dance-off, but if they had a winner, I didn’t hear it announced. It was a blast to watch the dancers though!
Near the end of the night Sukhjit appeared sitting next to me like magic. That was a fun surprise for both of us! We keep intending to get together for a cup of coffee or glass of wine, but it hasn’t worked out yet, hopefully soon! It was too loud to have a proper talk during the dance-off, but we did go get our picture taken with and meet MC Hammer!
Really a fun night, only thing is, I came home with NO schwag. What’s up with that?! Well that’s not entirely true, they did pass out some fun stickers. I really wanted one of the Linux ones to give to my son, but those had disappeared by the time I got up to the stage. Grrrr!
For more pictures from the event, please see my flickr photostream HERE.
If you were there or not I would LOVE to hear your comments on the night!
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