More than 200 tweeters, pinners and Facebookers gathered Saturday, June 30, for a World Social Media Day Party sponsored by Luxury Team of Florida Real Estate group and Office Divvy, held at The Conservatory.
Social Media Day was started by Mashable, an independent news source dedicated to covering digital culture, social media and technology, in 2010. It was started as a way to recognize the digital revolution that was taking place and to put a face to the people who interact via social networks.
“It’s getting people out from behind their computers and into the real world, meeting people they have been networking with and talking with online,” said Cindy Dalecki, owner of Marketing2Go, a marketing and social media marketing firm in Palm Coast.
The Palm Coast party was one of more than 1,600 locations celebrating across the country.
“We really just wanted to be the red dot here between Orlando and Jacksonville to say we’re here, we love social media, it’s a big part of how we do business, it’s a big part of how we live,” said Lisa Ekinci, co-founder of Office Divvy and organizer of the event.
One social media celebrity in attendance was 17-year-old Amanda Vilay, who has 65,000 followers on Tumblr, a social media photo and text blogging site. Vilay posts about fashion on her site, Fashionhype.tumblr.com.
“It helps me find out new trends and learn how to express my personality,” she said, adding that she would like to pursue a career in fashion.
The teenager was shocked that she could reach followers from almost every continent and has learned that “it doesn’t take that much to inspire other people.”
But social media is not just for play.
Professional resume writer and book promoter Christine Speno uses Twitter to make connections with potential clients. Recently, Speno posted a tweet calling out to authors asking if they self-promote or hire a promoter. Through that post, Speno said, she was able to connect with authors throughout the nation.
But no matter what the content, Speno said that just being out there and accessible brings her business.