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The social reality of Socialmelb

I submitted my honours thesis yesterday and it was a victorious moment. As I was chatting with @bryonycole this morning, I realised that despite my “non-industrial experience”, I already feel a part of the industry. The support, the willingness to dispense advice and ability to make you feel welcome is like no other.

During my first visit to Social Media Melbourne back in August I met @Jareen, @Melpay and @ChloeSometimes who welcomed me into their conversation as if we had been friends for years. This feeling of community has only expanded with time. From that point on, each Friday morning at Social Media Melbourne functioned as a respite from the ten hours of thesis writing, as well as inspiration and motivation to push forward.

At the Social  Media Melbourne Dinner at the Honey Bar, I was able to talk with The PR Warrior @TrevorYoung, the gentleman whose blog post validated my decision to enter into the digital industry and @SamMutimer, a woman’s whose energy appears to have been generated from an alternate galaxy. I also had the pleasure of meeting @Jeremy_Irvine (also known as #parmaboy) who has since provided constant support as well as incite into the complex world of the parma.

Sitting at Mr Tulk right now (obviously posted at a later time), the atmosphere of community never ceases to amaze me as someone who was essentially a digital immigrant only three months ago. It almost parallels a facet of thesis where I examined communities connected by a shared musical experience and mediated by radio.

Social Media Melbourne serves not only as a networking opportunity but a hub of inspiration and driver for creative productivity. It is also proof that social media actually cultivates social behaviour.

While I am but a fresh graduate keen to learn and  get experience, I feel a part of a community and industry. This is a rarity and something to behold.

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  1. Hey Jules, great post so soon after our chat! I’d agree we are fortunate that SM/digital is an emerging industry, people are quite open to sharing and learning from one another. Add to that Melbourne’s ability to have something on *every* night of the week and it’s your own community + learning paradise, if you let it be. Love that you are diving in and getting involved!

  2. Thanks for all the support Bry! I am still constantly surprised and amazed that a social media tool like Twitter has fostered so many amazing opportunities to share and engage with peers offline (especially considering the amount of time we could have potentially crossed paths in other circles). You said it best – we truly are fortunate to be in an emerging industry where people are so open to share and learn.

  3. Jules, the thing I like most about Social Melbourne is that it’s not just PR, communications or marketing types who attend. I am an Information Systems lecture, researcher and consultant and I’ve had many an interesting conversation with of people from a wide variety of fields at Social Melbourne events.

    I am also a bit of a research junkie and love to hear about what other people are researching in other disciplines . I hope to chat with you at a future Social Melbourne so you can tell me all about your research.

    Steve (aka @Infoholic)

  4. Hi Steve,

    That is another strength of Social Melbourne, it serves as a nexus of conversation for so many different fields. I look forward to chatting with you soon.

  5. I remember the first time I met you (that morning)… And totally agree, it felt like we were good ol’ mates catching up for coffee! 🙂
    Looking forward to more chats and laughs at #socialmelb
    I’ll also keep my ears and eyes open for any work opps for you. I’m sure you’ll find something super soon. 🙂

  6. That was only my second or third visit to SocialMelb when we first met! I too was amazed at how easy it was to fit into such a large crowd of people and love that you never know who you will end up seated with and what you will learn on any given Friday. Looking forward to more catchups, I still owe you a Vegas story haha 😉


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