What do you want to see from Social Media Club Charleston?

The Social Media Club Charleston steering group is meeting in a few days to review 2009 and look forward to 2010. It’s been a great kickoff year for SMC (at least from my perspective), with a core of great engagement and a fresh helping of new faces at each meeting. If you’ve attended one of our panels or networking events this year, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you! You’re making Charleston’s technology and social media community stronger by participating.

Here’s another chance to participate — I’m interested in what kind of panels and events you might want to see next year. This is what’s on my drawing board so far:

  • A frank discussion about disclosure online. Social media’s nature is driven by disclosure — but are we giving away too much? I’d love to see a local privacy expert or two come out of the woodwork to help us with this discussion. Privacy is a big part of our culture, and a discussion about how much privacy we’re ceding using tools like Twitter, Facebook, Brightkite (and, in some cities, Foursquare) and the like could be incredibly enlightening.
  • A panel about crisis communication in the age of social media. After last week’s AdFed U panel, Lyn Mettler, Mike Haskins (Executive VP for Marketing at College of Charleston) and I got to talking and crisis communication — and how it’s changed — came up. One of the high points of my college career was a seminar on crisis communication put on by CofC’s Department of Communication Advisory Council, in which we had to generate a response to the Firestone/Ford Explorer incidents in 2000, where faulty tires caused a number of traffic accidents, some fatal. (I blogged about it shortly afterward if you care to read more and don’t mind my awful 2006 style.) Three years ago, we talked about stalling the press with refusing to comment and waiting for a statement. With social media, everybody’s the press, and it’s very hard to stall a tidal wave. This would be an incredibly beneficial panel.
  • And, of course, the networking events people love. We like to put the “social” into “social media,” and we’ll continue to do so.

The floor’s yours now — what do you want to know about? Sound off in comments.

  • http://www.themodernconnection.com Ashley Thiesen Caldwell

    Jared-
    I think those sound like excellent topic ideas! I especially have interest in the privacy aspect of social sites and would love to have an industry discussion on the topic.

    Another concept I’m always interested in is the “next big thing” prediction. I have my own ideas, but I’d love to hear what trends others are seeing arise.

    I have yet to attend a SMCCHS meeting (always a conflicting event/meeting), but I look forward to connecting in Feb.

  • http://www.themodernconnection.com Ashley Thiesen Caldwell

    Jared-
    I think those sound like excellent topic ideas! I especially have interest in the privacy aspect of social sites and would love to have an industry discussion on the topic.

    Another concept I’m always interested in is the “next big thing” prediction. I have my own ideas, but I’d love to hear what trends others are seeing arise.

    I have yet to attend a SMCCHS meeting (always a conflicting event/meeting), but I look forward to connecting in Feb.