Mashable doesn't indicate why they chose June 30th as the first-time Social Media Day, but heck, they are the number one Social Media blog in the world - so I guess they have the right. It will probably take another decade before the US Congress declares it official - but in the meantime perhaps there's a Mashable Mash-up near you where you can help celebrate this year's kick-off.
On Wednesday, June 30th, Mashable will be organizing meetups in cities where they have staff utilizing 'Meetup Everywhere.' So if you don't have any plans, join up for drinks in New York City or San Francisco, or check out one of the other 600+ meetups in 93 countries.
There is a lot of flexibility in what exactly a meetup consists of. Some groups are organizing social networking hours at their local venues, while others are hosting speakers or panels. Mashable wants to give attendees the flexibility to tailor a meetup to what they think best suits your social community.
According to the Mashable report, "Social media has changed our lives. It has not only changed the way we communicate, but the way we connect with one another, consume our news, conduct our work, organize our lives, and much more. So why not celebrate?"
From panel discussions, to charity fundraisers and even sponsoring sporting events, there are a lot activities that can be organized in conjunction with future Social Media Days. Here is a message from Mashable's founder Pete Cashmore explaining the origins of his idea and goals associated with Social Media Day.
As a first-time event to commemorate how Social Media has changed our lives, Cashmore wants to use this platform to continue to organize regular meetups around the world throughout the year. Visit http://smday.com for more information. While we can all celebrate social media on one day, as this channel keeps evolving, it's important to explore and push its boundaries on a daily basis to reap many of its rich rewards.
UPDATE: Orange County Register - July 1 - An on-screen Pete Cashmore, the founder of Mashable, beams into Meetups and viewers
around the world during the company's inaugural Social Media Day.