I have learned a lot from hosting social media events during the past year.
I am someone who believes there is something special that happens when people who only know each other online have a chance to get together and have shared common experiences in a face to face setting. Face to face experiences over time will strengthen our online relationships.
After hosting more than 30 social networking breakfasts in 17 cities around the world in 2008, I thought it would it would be interesting to try something different. So I decided to host a social media lunch. And when thinking about where to have this lunch I started thinking about social foods, which lead me to Pizza, which how the name “Social Media Pizza” was born.
Back in November 2007 I hosted my first breakfast event in Boston, so I thought it would only be appropriate to host my first Social Media Pizza in Boston too. So a couple of weeks ago, when I knew I would be visiting the Boston area today, I mentioned I would be visiting Boston on twitter. Within a day or so, a few Boston based friends not only suggested that I host the first Social Media Pizza gathering at Regina's Pizzeria, but they took the initiative and took care of the related details which is something I greatly appreciated.
Earlier today I hosted my first “Social Media Pizza” at Regina's Pizzeria in the North end of Boston. And I’m glad I gave the idea of “Social Media Pizza” a try.
What would have been an ordinary afternoon and something that would have been part of the everyday blur of my business travel turned into a special memory for me (and I hope others) when about 25 people got together (including: Brough Turner, Rebecca Corliss, Maria Thurrell, Jason Reuben, David Fisher, Laura Fitton, Randy Cole, Tal Achituv, Michelle Liro, Jeff Cutler, Stephen Dill, Christine Major and Adam Zand) and shared in the pizza lunch. As it turned out, the pizza at Regina’s was great and was the best pizza I had in a long while.
I was taken back by the number of people who were able to come out to share pizza with me on a random Tuesday afternoon in Boston. I just wanted to thank everyone who joined me today. I realize we are all very busy people and it is just as easy to tell someone you are busy doing something than to make an effort to go out and spend time with a few random strangers having pizza. I appreciate the time everyone took to be there and to share themselves.
Around the time we were finishing our pizza, one of the guests mentioned something about the North Boston rivalry between Mike’s Pastry and Modern Pastry for who has the best cannolis. So a group of us walked from Regina’s Pizzeria to both Mike’s Pastry and Modern Pastry and took part in a taste test to decide who made the best cannolis. (I think Mike’s Pastry won.)
All in all, I had a chance to have a fun on a Tuesday afternoon in Boston with a little help of social media friends. And I now know there are times when social media “just tastes great.” :)
Tags: lunch, Boston, SMP01, facebook, Social Media Pizza, Jeff Pulver