November meeting: LOCATION CHANGE!

| Monday, November 8, 2010
Come find out how media consultant Jason Williams trains political candidates to use social media and what new ideas the Utah Legislature will be using in the 2011 session. There will also be time for Q&A with local candidates on how they used social media in their recent campaigns.

SMCCV November meeting: Politics & Social Media
Tuesday, November 8th, at 6:30pm
Logan Arthouse & Cinema

Fall Tweet Up Dinner

| Wednesday, September 1, 2010
It's that time of year again, folks!

The Social Media Club of Cache Valley is back in session and we are kicking off the 2010-2011 year with an Eat and Tweet at Cafe Sabor, Tuesday, September 14th.

Socializing begins at 6:30.

Admission is $10 and includes dinner (your choice of 5 entrees), non-alcoholic drinks, tax and tip. Pay at the door. Feel free to RSVP on our Facebook page!

We can't wait to see you there!

May Tweet Up!

| Monday, May 10, 2010
We will be having a Tweet Up on Tuesday, May 11th at Cafe Sabor at 6:30pm!

Please come for free drinks and a free appetizer and join us for fun and discussion about all things "social media'!!

April 2010 meeting canceled

| Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The Social Media Club meeting planned for tomorrow night (April 13) has been cancelled. Stay tuned for an announcement about the May meeting.


Live Blog: Tuesday March 9 SMCCV Meeting at Borders

| Tuesday, March 9, 2010
The Social Media Club of Cache Valley is having its "Ask the Expert" night at Borders tonight in Logan. If you can't join us, you can follow along on the live blog here.

8:03 - Meeting adjourned. We'll probably meet at the Health Department next time. Details to come.

7:48 - We're now talking about Google Wave and the pros and cons. Will it catch on?

7:36 - Dave South in the house. Suggests lite.facebook.com as a lite version of Facebook if you hate all the updates and such.

7:26 - What is the etiquette of DMing vs. @replying in Twitter? When does it become a nuisance to have a conversation with someone over @reply on Twitter?

7:21 - Loralee is talking about setting up lists and how one of her lists is called "McLesbians." She says it's a life saver for keeping everything straight. You could have Logan natives, Logan natives friends, USU students, you could have as many lists as you want. It's handy for keeping all your followers straight.

7:16 - The Twitter discussion is evolving into how people can use it, including direct messages, auto direct messages, auto replies, etc...

7:09 - A discussion is evolving about Twitter applications. We might get into this at a coming meeting in more details.

7:05 - On Twitter: Started using TweetDeck. Found that it overwhelms things. Loralee chimes in again. She is talking about some passive-aggressive tweets she got a while back and she said she couldn't keep up with the people. So basically she said she can't follow these people and someone told her to get a Twitter App. She recommends HootSuite (Tyler agrees.)

7:04 - Jill is explaining why she won't add friends to her Facebook account. Only family.

7:02 - Sterling Matheson, co-owner of Pounders, is talking about his success getting fans on Facebook. Everyone is fawning over him because Pounders is so awesome. He says the Facebook account would be open to promoting some events such as the E-Week event. He's got 2,400 USU students so that might be a good avenue.

6:58 - Twitter question: There's a company, 30 tons of real snow are going to be hauled in, there will be a halfpipe...big event...do I start a new Twitter account to promote it? Do I use my own?

Loralee advises not creating a new account, rather, using a hash tag. Something like #EWeek2010.

Jill says that if the E-club doesn't have one now, they should get one and start building a reputation with it.

6:52 - If you want more information about Second Life, you can find it online here.

6:49 - Loralee Choate is now in the house, representing the SMCofCV board.

6:48 - Tyler mentions guy in Oregon (Jill says his name is Skyler) who has a large LDS community on Second Life where people gather for LDS related circumstances (no official meetings) but it's a place for fellowship. Jill adds that there's a large disabled community on Second Life and there are a lot of people who are autistic who find it as an effective way of communication. USU has some presence on Second Life.

Second Life is basically free, but if you're around for long, you'll probably want to upgrade and buy more clothes or land. About $70 a year for a premium membership.

6:47 - Jason asks Jill how she got involved in Second Life. In 2007, she read that Hillary Clinton had a campaign site there, and Jill thought that was the most bizarre thing ever.

6:46 - Jill is continuing her talk about Second Life. Says USU is doing some experiments on Second Life, and there are things like Mystery Science Theater 3000 group on there. You can have dozens and dozens of people in the theater and people sit around watching the same crappy movie and everyone makes jokes about the movie.

6:45 - Jason is saying something but he's quiet and I can't hear what he's saying. I asked him to speak up but his voice is too quiet and the cappucino machine is roaring.

6:44 - Jill Parker and Jason Williams now also present from the SMCofCV Board.

6:40 - First question is from Nancy Williams and relates to "Second Life." Second Life is a 3D environment online, Preston explains, where avatars exist and operate in an online world. Nancy wants to know if it's true that people can make money in Second Life, because she's heard that people make money there. Preston Parker is explaining the economy of Second Life and the "Linden Dollars" concept. At any time, he says, there are 40 to 50,000 people online and there are about 12 million people with an account on Second Life. People interact online with their fake avatars and personas which may or may not look like them.

Jill Andersen tells us that she got involved in Second Life through politics. She was kind of curious about what it was and she fell in love with it. She'd been in a lot of chat room and this took that experience a whole other step. "We kind of tell people that it is kind of a chat room with cartoon people, that you get to be the cartoon people but there's so much more potential there."

Jill continues that there is some commerce there, people selling stuff for avatars and for homes, there is at least one person who has made more than $1 million a year on Second Life.

Through Netroots Nation, Jill says, they had something in Second Life where people who couldn't actually go to the convention in Pittsburgh were able to attend the convention in Second Life, attempting to give a more realistic experience of the convention rather than just watching a video online. In years past, Jill says, people at the convention were also linked in to Second Life so they could respond to or ask questions.

6:38 - Preston calls the meeting to order. Nine people in attendance so far, I'm Tyler doing the live blog for you and we expect at least Loralee and Jason to be here at some point from the Board. A few other stragglers are coming in and "Ask An Expert" night is underway.

6:36 - We're starting a little late, only a handful of people here at this point. Waiting for a few more people to get in here before we get this show on the road.


| Saturday, March 6, 2010
It's that time of the month again!

What: Social Media Club of Cache Valley's monthly meeting

When: Tuesday, March 9th. 6:30-8:30pm

Where: Borders Cafe-Logan, UT.

This month's topic is: "Ask an expert".

Got answers? Got questions? When it comes to social media, most of us have some of both -- so please come help others by sharing the good tips you've learned. Write your question on a piece of good old-fashioned paper and bring it to the meeting, go to our Facebook page and post it beforehand on the wall (below) of the event of the Social Media Club group at Facebook.

And remember, YOU may have the best answer to someone's question, so don't forget to come join the party at Borders next Tuesday night. Bring a friend!

February Meeting: How to best utilize social media for business

| Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Please join us!

FEBRUARY 9th, 2010


Borders Cafe
1050 North Main Street, Logan

Tweet Up pics

| Thursday, January 14, 2010

Social Media Club of Cache Valley announces its first "Tweet Up"!!!

| Thursday, January 7, 2010

The board members of the Social Media Club of Cache Valley (SMCCV), CacheValleyDaily.com and Bear River Health Department are pleased to announce their first Tweet Up on Thursday, January 14th, 2010, at 6:30pm at Cafe Sabor in Logan.

And now for a few FAQ's:

What is Social Media and what is the Social Media Club of Cache Valley?
To quote Wikipedia, "Social media is media designed to be disseminated through social interaction, created using highly accessible and scalable publishing techniques."

Basically, it is a way to quickly exchange information on small to large scales using social interaction. Like Facebook or Twitter. You can use it as much or as little as you want, you can use it for pleasure and personal use or to promote and expand your business/brand...it can be what YOU want it to be. The possibilities for its uses are vast.

The Social Media Club of Cache Valley is a local chapter of Social Media Club, a world wide organization to promote use and understanding of social media. It has 4 core goals in its mission statement:

1. Expand Media Literacy
2. Share Lessons Learned Among Practitioners
3. Encourage Adoption of Industry Standards
4. Promote Ethical Practices Through Discussion and Action.

SMCCV is a place to gather locals at all levels of interest and experience in social media together to learn new ideas, network and have fun. We have monthly meetings that consist of panels, guest speakers, Q & A's and networking/conversation time. These are held at Borders the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:30-8:30pm.

We have quarterly "Tweet Up's" at Cafe Sabor.

What is a "Tweet Up"?

Simple! A Tweet Up is where a bunch of people (that would be you) that use social media (like Twitter or Facebook) or who are curious and want to know more about social media, all get together at a restaurant to network, eat, laugh, get to know people with similar interests in their area and take away some great swag!

For this tweet up we will have complementary Pepsi products provided for everyone by Cafe Sabor, swag bags and will also be giving away some great door prizes like gift certificates to Borders and Best Buy and one lucky attendee will go home with the newest model of the ipod shuffle.

Some people may feel a little intimidated about coming to our events or our meetings but there is no reason to. We have people of all walks of life, professions, experience and needs that come to our events, some with little to NO internet experience and we would love to have you. There are NO requirements to come to the tweet up or to belong to SMCCV! All you need is an interest in social media.

To get information about SMCCV and its upcoming events, check here or join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to leave a comment here or email me personally: loraleechoate (at) gmail (dot) com!

Hope to see you at Cafe Sabor on January 14th!


Mark Your Calendars...

| Wednesday, January 6, 2010

6:30 PM @ Cafe Sabor (600 W Center St)

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