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Social Media Week is Here!

Social Media Week is happening in LA and quite a few other cities this week. Now’s the time to fill your schedule with panels, workshops, parties, and other events to connect with other and learn best practices in the industry. Are you in Los Angeles and would you like to join the fun?

Register here: http://socialmediaweek.org/losangeles/attend/

Get 25% off your pass using the code SMClubLA!

Social Media Club LA members can email socialmediaclubla at gmail dot com with the subject line “SMC member SMWLA pass!” to receive a free LA HQ pass (while they last)! All passes claimed!

Social Media Week LA Highlights

 Monday 9/22

What’s the Difference Between Community Management and Social Media Management? 

Format: Google+ Hangout SMW London Presentation by Dan Spicer
Talk is now archived and available here on YouTube.

 Tuesday 9/23

SMCLA News Graphic 9/23

From Hashtags to Headlines: How Social Media is Transforming Mainstream News Coverage

This SMCLA event is co-hosted by PRSA-LA and sponsored by PR Newswire

Starts at 12 noon, featuring LA-based News and Social Media experts.

Format: Panel hosted at The Broad Stage (Main Stage) in Santa Monica.
This panel will examine how traditional news can survive and thrive amid this shift to the real time web. Speakers are Chris Schauble (Anchor, KTLA 5), Stacey Leasca (Social Media Editor, The LA Times), and Michael Slate (Producer and Host, KPFK 90.7 FM).

This should also be available as a livestream but I’ll be attending this one in person. Can’t wait!

Check the SMWLA schedule for more great topics! Are you attending any Social Media Week events? Let me know in a comment.


Women Pioneers in a Galaxy Far, Far Away

On Tuesday, June 10, I attended a fantastic event called See Jane Salon, on Women Pioneers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) put on by the Geena Davis Institute for Gender Studies in Media.

Women pioneers in STEM panel at Google

Women pioneers in STEM panel at Google on June 10, 2014.

Check out their event summary:

How can media encourage girls and women to pursue careers in science? One way is to feature exciting and dynamic portrayals of female scientists in movie and TV shows. Sounds easy enough, but the Geena Davis Institute’s 2012 research on the career occupations of female characters in family films, prime time and children’s television showed that there was a 15:1 ratio of male to female characters in science. Why is this so important? Because by 2018, there will be 1.2 million US job openings in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, with a significant shortage of qualified applicants to fill them. This See Jane Salon will showcase real women pioneers in STEM along with entertainment industry leaders who are creating great female characters in science.

The panel included Andrea Fernandez, Creative Director GoldieBlox, Dr. Kathy Magliato, Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Taryn O’Neill, Actor, Jaime Paglia, TV and Film Writer/Producer The Flash (and co-creator of Eureka!), Christina Reynolds, Development Executive Amazon Studios, Amanda Segal, Co-Executive Producer, Person of Interest, Laura Tenenbaum, Communication Specialist NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, and moderator, Megan Smith, Entrepreneur, VP Google.

 If she can see it she can be it

What I liked about the panel was that they didn’t focus solely on the unique challenges of being a women in their chosen fields. If you’re a woman, particularly a WOC, you already know the challenges of being underrepresented in whatever field you’re in, STEM or not. That, unfortunately, is what a lot of women-centric panels of this sort turn into, running out of time before any solutions are discussed.  To about 200 attendees, 95% of whom were women, they provided real data in addition to the anecdotes of experiences, which I found refreshing.

I’d joined a Google+ hangout on Disrupting Entrepreneurship and Innovation  with Megan Smith about month ago and she reiterated on stage some interesting points about hiring practices and systemic bias toward women in stem fields. The fewer women that are present in a group, the higher the tendency to expect that women to represent the ‘female’ point of view, rather than a single person’s point of view. Also, for any given job criteria, a woman will tend apply only if she meets 7/10 of those characteristics, where a man will tend to apply if he meets just 3/10. I live-tweeted a few other things which you can find on Twitter using a hashtag search for #stem on June 10th.

I hope to attend more events like this and become a part of the solution for this issue. Do you have a favorite tv show or movie that features women characters in stem? Mine is the show ‘Eureka’ on Syfy. Let me know yours in a comment.


Google personalizes the Doodle for your birthday + more

Birthday Google Doodle

Birthday Goodle!

I’ll give you three guesses for how I discovered this feature. 🙂

Please join me in a few hours for a Social Media Club LA live G+ hangout. This will be live from 11:30a – 12 noon, PT. This is your chance to ask @thechrislam anything.

I’ll also share some fun new G+ hangout pointers you might not know about.

 

Update: G+ Hangout has been postponed to next week June 4, same time. Follow SMCLA on G+ for the latest update.


Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes: Social Media Edition

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Strawberry-basil soda from Lyfe Kitchen.

I’m kicking off my long holiday weekend reflecting on the recent updates by several of my SoMe networks, namely FB, G+ and Flickr, which isn’t a social network for me so much as a repository for photos to import into my blog posts.

Facebook
For a few weeks many of my timeline updates had disappeared to where I couldn’t view any posts or comments after April 21 on my computer. I tried both FF & Chrome browsers. However, I could see everything fine on my new Android smartphone’s FB app. I sent a couple of FB support requests but received no response. The only way for me to respond to timeline comments on my computer was to search through my notifications which made for a poor user experience. Good news is as of yesterday my timeline is back to normal. I still don’t know what broke it.

Google+
I am now seeing benefits of the recent Google+ update. It’s a lot easier now for me to keep up with my circles. There’s still the issue of the more prolific plussers dominating the posts in any given circle. Because I care about their content enough to not want to delete them from my circles, my alternative is to put posters into a “high-frequency” circle and let them battle it out for my attention whenever I choose to click over to that circle.

I’ve had issues trying to add people to my circles with the old layout. From my experience I get one chance to add people once I read the notification that they’ve added me. Once I view an aggregated notification that several people have added me it’s very tricky to go back to the notification to view recent adders beyond the first 2 or 3 people. Perhaps that will change with the recent update. Until then the name of the game is to interact with me on the posts you can see. The more you do that the more I see your stunning personality to best place you appropriately in my circles.

And finally…

Flickr
This is a helpful piece for learning what has changed on the new Flickr redesign: PRESTO CHANGE-O!

Have you adjusted to recent changes on your preferred social media services?


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