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Social Media Camp Victoria 2011

June 6, 2011

On June 3rd and 4th, 2011, the second annual Social Media Camp Victoria had 650 people in attendance, making it the largest social media event in Western Canada!

I was privileged to be invited by one of the organizers, Paul Holmes, to speak on a panel exploring the implications social media has for organized religion and faith in modern society.

It was nice to be able to talk about social media from my perspective. I talked about it as a means to an end, not an end in itself. That social media (blogging, twitter, facebook, etc.) is a tool to communicate the Gospel and build community. That its a way for all of us to engage not only our existing friends who speak the language of social media, but also to begin new relationships & find new opportunities to serve and love the cities we live in.

I would HIGHLY recommend next year’s Social Media Camp to just about anyone. If you’re simply interested in learning about how to use the Facebooks and the Twitters or even if you consider yourself somewhat of a techy nerdy guru…its for you. There’s something there for basically anyone.

On the first evening, they held the first ever West Coast Social Media Awards…the first of their kind. Quite a classy reception.

One of the best things about Social Media Camp was getting to meet the people face-to-face who I’ve only known by their Twitter name or blog address. And then getting introduced to new people and making new connections as well. Awesome. I’m already working together with someone for 2 tweetups…one in the Comox Valley and one in Campbell River.

The whole event was fabulous! If I’m invited back to speak again next year, I’ll appeal for lots more time for questions.

Here’s a couple of shots of the panel I was on.

From left: Anna Bowness-Park (moderator), Nick Johnson, Mark Wagner, Eshu Martin & myself.

Yes, I am looking at my phone & not paying attention when Nick was talking (its okay, he’s cool).

Where else would you see me sitting next to a Buddhist monk other than at Social Media Camp? Eshu was a very nice man to have a conversation with.

Photo’s courtesy of Sean Smith.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Didi Teufel permalink
    June 7, 2011 8:14 am

    Hi Mark. Thanks for keeping us so well posted. I’m thanking God for your faithfulness. ‘Mom’

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