Skeptical About Social Media? Get Over It - Social Media Week is Here!

Skeptical About Social Media?  Get Over It - Social Media Week is Here!







I was one of the skeptics. I didn’t understand the potential or growing pervasiveness of social media. I admit I am still “late to the party” when it comes to social media, but I am trying.

Even though I am blogging on ChicagoNow, LinkedIn, on Facebook, putting out occasional tweets, and pinning things on Pinterest (ok, so they are recipes and inspirational quotes), I am still a newbie when it comes to mastering all these forms of electronic communication.

Social media for those of you like me- is defined by Merriam-Webster as “forms of electronic communication such as Web sites for social networking and micro-blogging through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content like videos.”

I was pretty proud of myself and all my "electronic communicating" until I realized my own kids were starting to outpace me and they are not even out of grade school! They were teaching me about Instagram, "face-timing", and adding apps to my phone.

I realized I needed to keep up or be left behind. The good thing is I am willing to learn and Social Media week is coming to Chicago!

Social Media Week features free educational and networking opportunities open to the public for anyone in any industry who is interested in the impact of social media.

Not just limited to the Windy City, it will be taking place simultaneously in 12 other global cities:  Barcelona, Berlin, Bogota, Glasgow, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Sau Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Torino and Vancouver.

Social Media Week takes place from September 24-28th throughout the city with 90 free events at 40 venues.  This is the second time Chicago will play host.  Area companies, national brands, academic institutions, non-profit organizations, and government agencies join together to host conversation focused on the theme Empowering Change through Collaboration.  The event combines interconnected activities across the world and community-sourced conversations.

Programs offered will cover a wide range of topics from advertising and marketing, media and publishing, politics and government, science and technology, society and environment, to education and learning. More than 14,000 participants have registered this year.   Social Media Week Chicago will kick-off with a party at Rockit Bar & Grill September 24th and end with a closing party at Sound Bar, September 28th. 

Co-hosted by the Chicago Tribune and   Zocalo Group, events will take place across the city at various venues such as the Tribune Tower, Riverfront Theater, University of Illinois (Illini Center), Chicago Architecture Foundation, Hyatt Regency Chicago,  Google, and Tribeca Flashpoint Academy.

Social Media Week has a very comprehensive website listing all of the programs, dates, times, and locations. You must register so visit for more information. Some of the programs will be also livestreamed throughout the week and can be followed at

How are you keeping up with social media as a parent? Do you have any success stories or advice that is working for you? Please comment, tweet, share, or contact me at

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