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SocialMediaDay, Pittsburgh style

Written by Kim Lyons on .

I think I could do this blog post almost entirely with embedded tweets.

Last night at Smith Brothers' Agency in the Strip, Pittsburgh's social media movers and shakers met and moved and shook, drank beer, shared stories, and heard from Twitter bigwig Constantine James to mark Social Media Day.

The tweet above is of me, Bobby Cherry of the Trib, and Scott Harbaugh of WPXI. Despite what people may think, when journalists from competing media get together we don't (usually) engage in hand-to-hand combat. Especially not with witnesses who have smartphone/cameras present.

So, after people settled in, Constantine James gave a presentation, and spoke about, fittingly enough, The State of Twitter (spoiler: It's awesome and people love it).

He highlighted various Twitter uses, some by brands, and some unexpected, like the bromance of Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen.

Then each presenter told a five-minute social media "story."


 Mayor Bill Peduto couldn't be there, but his spokeswoman presented a proclamation making June 30, 2014 Social Media Day in Pittsburgh

It was a nice event, with nice people, many of whom had never met IRL. Social media in Pittsburgh is a special thing, as I wrote about for our In the Lead section earlier this year.

If you were at #SmDayPGH and didn't say hi, please feel free to connect with me on Twitter. Some of the better friendships I have in Pittsburgh came to me via social media.

I would always welcome more.

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