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Top Columbus Social Media Events

March 13th, 2009 · 10 Comments

Skyline by Brett Arnett via FlickrLast week I blogged about great social media events in other cities, but truly there’s no need to ever leave Columbus, Ohio. Between PRSA Central Ohio, Columbus TechLifeColumbus Social Media Cafe, Majelly and regular Tweetups, our social media events bring all the rockstars to the yard. Check out this list of upcoming social media events that put the cool in Cool-umbus.

  1. WordCamp Columbus – May 16. Hosted at Columbus State Community College, WordCamp is a full day of keynotes, breakout sessions and networking focused around the popular blogging platform. I’m really looking forward to this event as I’m a WordPress girl myself.
  2. PodCamp Ohio - June 20. I attended this day-long ”UnConference” last year and learned a ton about blogging, social networks, podcasting and new media from local and national social media pros. This year it will be at the Ohio State University’s Mendenhall Laboratory and it’s sure to be another stellar event attracting attendees from all across Ohio and beyond.
  3. Ohio Growth Summit 2009 – June 10.  Longtime readers of this blog know that I’m a huge fan of Chris Brogan‘s work in the social media space. In the immortal words of Lewis Howes, Chris Brogan is a social media mutant! Now he’s coming to Columbus to speak thanks to the Ohio SBDC. I’ll be the one in the front row with a huge grin on my face.
  4. Spring Informal at MoJoe Lounge – March 25. Last night I got a nice email invitation to an event that’s being billed as the “Who’s Who in Columbus Social Media” – an exclusive gathering of our city’s brightest and most influential people in the social media arena. The email gushed ”Needless to say, your name was on the short list of bloggers that are making an impact in the vibrantly growing tech scene in the Midwest!” And honestly, what blogger could resist that kind of flattery? I sure can’t, so I’ll be there. You nailed it, MoJoe Lounge.
  5. Katie Paine at PRSA Central Ohio - date TBD. This one’s not final or official yet, and I honestly can’t remember if I heard about it at a PRSA board meeting or in the hallowed halls of the midwest’s top PR firm. Either way, I may be in big trouble for scooping it here – but it’s exciting news. Katie Paine is huge – she’s considered THE authority on social media and PR measurement. Watch this space and Central Ohio PRSA for more.

With all these great social media happenings flowing our way this spring and summer, why would anyone leave Columbus? Happy Friday – and be sure to catch up on the rest of my Friday Five series on social media and PR.

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Tags: Blogging · Friday Five · Networking · Ohio · PR · social media

10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Matt // Mar 13, 2009 at 9:23 am

    I’ve heard good things about PodCamp Ohio but I forgot it was coming up again!
    Great list, thanks for putting this together.

  • 2 John Rhind // Mar 13, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    I’d love to hear Katie Paine speak, she’s been a hero of mine for years

  • 3 Sarah // Mar 13, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Cool-umbous. Clever Lara!

  • 4 Beth Watkins // Mar 18, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Lara, the Katie Paine PRSA appearance is still in development and not confirmed yet. I’ll let you know.

  • 5 Alison // Mar 18, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    Thanks for this list. I didn’t hear about Podcamp Ohio last year until it was too late to make plans. Now I have a head start on this year.

  • 6 Lara Kretler // Mar 19, 2009 at 9:48 am

    Matt, John, Sarah, Beth and Alison, thanks for visiting the blog. I look forward to seeing you all at some of these events!

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  • 9 Jim Peake // Apr 13, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    What I love about social media is someone from Columbus asked how to improve their business and one of the things we did was do a quick search on “Columbus Social Media Event” and this came up! How cool is that? Seems like we have like minded friends everywhere. :-) Thanks!

  • 10 Blind Acre // Jan 24, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    thanks for this list Lara. I don’t think the Social Media Cafe is happening anymore. I just checked WOSU but it looks like this has been canceled for a bit.

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