Silicone Bitch: South Florida Social Media Year 2011 Review
It was a pretty good year for the South Florida scene. Here are some random notes in no particular order, stream-of-consciousness style ... if we missed anything, feel free to leave a comment!
SheCon (@sheconexpo), a blogging conference and new media expo for women but not limited to women, got its start. Bloggers from all over the country gathered in Miami Beach.
Speaking of conferences, Women's Success Summit hosted two kick-ass events -- Michelle Villalobos (@mivi), Jessica Kizorek (@jessicakizorek) and others inspired people to do and be their best right here in our own backyard.
WordCamp (@wordcampmia) was chock full of great panels.
Startup Forum (@thestartupforum) breathed some fresh air into the community.
Refresh South Florida (@refreshmiami @brianbreslin) continued on its usual course, bringing great tech info to locals and awesome speakers, including tech heads like the founder of PHP.
Mark Laymon's (@marklaymon) New Tech Community gathered the geeks in Palm Beach County as well.
Social Media Club South Florida (@smcsf) brought great speakers to town, including Rohit Bhargava.
Social Media Club Palm Beach (@smcpbc) was pretty active too and the ladies at Association of Women in Communications in South Florida (@awcsf) weren't lagging behind, either.
Tedx Miami (@tedxmia) simply rocked. It doesn't get better than that.
Sketchy Miami (@sketchymiami) turned the simple idea of a portrait into a social phenomenon.
The 4th annual SxSe (@sxse) in Key West was the most fun you could have while tweeting and drinking.
Sea Tweetup (@seatweetup) sailed away on its virgin launch.
Miami Beach 411 (@miamibeach411) went to SXSW. (Silicone Bitch wishes they would also keep up with local social media and tech events.)
A startup bus from Florida went to SXSW. (It's too bad Miami Beach 411 and them didn't connect.)
Carlos Miller (@carlosmiller) got pissed off on Foursquare Day, which, by the way, was a huge success, in spite of the drink problem. (Silicone Bitch wishes that Mr. Miller would revive @socialmediaputo.)
Miami Beach 411 hosted several wonderful social gatherings with locals, Miami rookie residents and out-of-town visitors. No company in Miami has a better online and IRL community for locals and visitors, period. If you want to learn how to manage an online community, 411 is a great model.
We love brands that love us back! GM Southeast (@gmsoutheast) won a prize for doing just that.
And speaking of awesome brands, don't drink and drive, but Martin Miller's Gin (@martinmillergin) gave South Floridians some thirst-quenching social media love in 2011.
Worstpizza.com founder Craig Agranoff (@lapp) started writing for Huffington Post and became a Palm Beach tech TV star. Oh, he also published a book about social media and election campaigns, Socially Elected. He's so hawt, we dare not even look at him!
And speaking of books, Miami-Dade locals also published an internet security tome, Securing the Clicks. Additional kudos to Alex De Carvalho (@alexdc), Gary Bahadur (@garybahadur) and Jason Inasi (@jinasi).
Let's not forget Miami author girl Tedx Miami founder Gina Rudan (@ginarudan), who wants you to see the best in you via Practical Genius.
And because we all need sustenance, Christine Najac @sflfoodandwine published the Food Lover's Guide to Miami and Fort Lauderdale.
And speaking of foodies, if you're not following @wokstar, @4theloveoffood and @rjflamingo, you're missing out on some good social media nosh stuff.
Spearheaded by the very talented and dynamic @janiec, Miami Rat Pack emerged as a great group -- "drinkers with a social media problem," Silicone Bitch once remarked.
LATISM (Latinos in Social Media) got its own South Florida chapter, co-directed by @miamishines.
Some very cool hashtags sprang forth from the 305 with great success: #top10lies, #foodiechat and #biochat.
Social media darling Trish Forant (@dayngr) started working as Community Manager for social media monitoring company Radian6 (@radian6). Represent!
And speaking of groovy South Floridians who work in social media ...
Agustina Prigoshin (@agustinap) became the Social Media Publisher at Entertainment Benefits Group. Her online show, Meet South Florida (@meetsfla) also turned one year.
Emily Taffel (@emilyontheave) became the Social Media Coordinator for LXR Luxury Resorts. (Silicone Bitch particularly loves this appointment as it works with social media friendly @hyattpier66!)
Amanda Stewart (@amandastewart) founded a new cool lifestyle and clothing company called Water Zombie (@waterzombie) based out of Fort Lauderdale.
Sebastian Rusk (@sebrusk) was social media gone wild with his videos for Social Buzz TV.
Natascha Otero (@nataschaos) turned mofongo into a social object at Jimmy'z Wynwood.
James Echols and Annette Peikert of (@soulofmiami) continued to change the face of our community with their Life is Art events.
Who dares to say this isn't an innovative, vibrant community partaking of "social" for many interesting reasons? This list could go on forever! Silicone Bitch kindly requests that you leave a comment if we didn't mention you. What resonated with you this year in local social media and tech? What did you accomplish?
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