June 30, 2010 marked the first annual Social Media day event here on Miami Beach. Thanks to the folks from BRPR for putting the whole thing together and the Pelican South Beach for providing a venue. Not only was the venue packed, but there was a great crowd of young, hip, social media rockin’, gadget totin’ web moguls in the making.
The full spectrum: bloggers, developers, marketers, designers. Brought together by their love of the web and social media. I had few great conversations, got a few cards, and had a few drinks. What I haven’t been able to get out of my head is, why don’t we do this more often? It doesn’t take a powerhouse like Mashable to spark real world networking. We need to make this happen a lot more in Miami. With the plethora of art, fashion, music, and everything else, it seems obvious that the web community would be thriving. It’s ironic, Smashing Magazine’s latest article is titled “Designers, Don’t Do it Alone.” In our industry with so many great tools and resources we tend to close ourselves up and ignore our real life communities. Sure, we tweet back and forth, email, use Facebook, but there isn’t anything that can compair to a face to face.
I’de like to reach out to everyone here: Designers, developers, bloggers, marketing people, everyone. We need to do this more often. Lets get together and push this industry forward. There’s strength in numbers and there’s a lot we can learn from each other.