I attended my first PodCamp this year, on Sunday the last day I decided to head to Point Park University. I have wanted to attend this conference for about 2 years and this year I finally did it and I just loved it!
“PodCamp Pittsburgh is a social media un-conference.”
This “un-conference” provides a place to learn about social media and new media from people who use it. It is offered free of charge thanks to sponsors and volunteers. I attended 2 sessions and I really enjoyed both of them. The people at the event are very friendly which makes it that much more fun.
So, below I am going to provide my thoughts on the two sessions that I attended.
Instacontent:Meerkat, Snapchat, Periscope, Oh My
First, I went to “Instacontent” which provided a great overview of some apps like:
I have heard of all three and played with them a little in the past. But during this session I that both Meerkat and Periscope have some good audiences and provide a way of quickly getting content out to your users. Instead of planning a production that you might host on a different platform, you can quickly and easily use your device to broadcast a video stream to your users. This is great for getting information to your audience quickly for a specific moment that is happening.
Snapchat has a feature called “My Stories” that allows you to build a a story of shorts vidoes from SnapChat that can then be available for 24 hours or you can download it to host it elsewhere.
I loved how this session was presented, it wasn’t just a slide deck but the presentors used the tools they discussed the various uses and benefits of them.
SOCIAL MEDIA & SOCIAL IMPACT
This session was one of the reasons I went to PodCamp today. I created the website BWaction.com to help keep people in the Baldwin-Whitehall area informed about what is going on at the school district level. The site has been very useful and has a wonderful audience that stays active in this community. I am very grateful to all of the readers of BWAction.
More recently, I have been really trying to bring awareness and help end the stigma with drug addiction and overdose. I have been thinking of ways of doing this and have already registered for events revolving around addiction to both learn more and talk to others.
During this talk, Becca shared her passion which is a non-profit that she founded called Harmony of the Andes. She talked about about how social impact can be made by sharing what you care about and why. She described this social impact as part of building your personal brand.
Your personal brand impacts your online and offline communities. – Becca
Becca explained that you need to share what you believe in and why. Hearing what a person believes in and why they do makes people want to learn more and brings more awareness.
I really think that social media can help spread a person’s message out to a bigger audience faster than ever before. Yea, I know you knew that already. But, do you make sure that you keep that message that you are sharing both online and offline? Actions are better than words. Make sure to put a person behind that social media brand.
Presented by: @PittBecca