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June 30, The Day To Meet Your Social Network

Turns out that June 30 is Social Media Day — finally, a reason to celebrate “procrastination” and shallow friendships.

The “holiday” was introduced this year by Mashable, a leading source on media, technology, Chicago production companies and Internet news. Since it launched in 2005, Mashable has set the standard for user-engagement and networking opportunities. So to mark the occasion, Mashable is sponsoring meetups in 93 countries for people to network?and socialize. Chicago’s meetup will be held at Mike Ditka’s Restuaraunt at 7:00 PM.

There are other ways to celebrate Social Media Day: tweeting with the #smday hashtag, uploading event photos to Flickr, even using video production through Ustream to watch others mingle (which actually creepy and quite anti-social).

Below is a video of Mashable CEO, Pete Cashmore, sharing some thoughts on the event.

There’s no doubt that social media has revolutionized the way people and Chicago production companies communicate and work, but is sponsoring events all over the world really necessary? People already spend countless hours using social networks in their daily lives. Today’s biggest social networks dominate the Internet, often with real world effects, do they really need their own holiday??Especially on June 30, Mike Tyson’s birthday.

Probably the best thing about the “holiday” is that it asks people to meet face to face, like a Kin commercial come to life. But maybe a better way to acknowledge social networks on an international scale would be a global anti-social network day.

Image that, a day without Facebook and Twitter. If people want to get in touch with one another they would have to make a phone call, or worse yet, ring a doorbell. No one would know where you are or what you are doing, and no one will hear you scream. Maybe that’s just a dream, but to Pete Cashmore, that’s probably a video production nightmare.

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