As a sociologist, I come to the study of social media as a real-world instance of a theoretical object, the social network. Entrepreneurs across the country, on the other hand, start with the practical imperative of generating and maintaining business leads and contacts, and seek to learn more about social media as a means to that end.
Connecting us in the middle is the Social Media Breakfast, where academics, businessfolks and professional consultants meet once a month over coffee and a bagel, discussing technique and technology while members take turns presenting on areas of their own expertise. I attend the Social Media Breakfast Central Maine, held on the campus of nearby Thomas College in Waterville.
Last month, I presented to the group on low-cost to no-cost tools to gather and analyze data on communication patterns in social media. This week, Aimee Bermudez of Dream Local is sharing her experience in time-saving devices for content creation:
Together, while we learn and grow in our capabilities to make connections online, we make connections with one another and build community offline. Social media breakfasts happen around the country. Google “social media breakfast” and the name of your nearest city and find a place at the table. The “real” world, the virtual world, the business world and the academic world are all welcome here.