If you missed the first ever Social Media Breakfast: Singapore, you’ll really want to come to the next (and subsequent) ones.
It was horrifyingly early (for a Saturday), to be sure. We told everyone to come at 9 am. We were there at 8:30 am to set things up. The bulk of attendees drifted in around 9:30 am. About 10 people from the confirmed attendees list didn’t turn up.
But it was still a good show. Over 40 people came, ate and tagged.
(Hisham managed to collect an impressive number of tags very early on.)
I noticed something very interesting.
During the entire event, people stood around the pool tables chatting…
…instead of choosing the more comfortable alternative.
The couches were largely unused all morning. Only Daryl and Jean seemed to appreciate the seating comfort.
Maybe Jean needed to sit down in order to write on her notepad. You might remember me mentioning in an earlier post that Jean has laryngitis and can’t talk for the next two months.
Rinaz, being the smartest of them all, hogged the bed.
Anyway, people are strange.
But strange people make the world fun. In the first place, the concept of social media breakfasts is pretty strange in itself, especially when you incorporate Jeff Pulver’s personal social networking toolkit.
But I think it was a huge success and people generally enjoyed themselves. I did. I actually brought two camcorders, planning to videotape the event, but I was so busy having fun, getting to know people, chatting, tagging, eating, and everything else, that I just didn’t have time to do any filming.
Michael saved the day, though. He brought his new HDV camera and put together a very nice video.
Here’s Mic with his vidcam:
And here’s Mic shooting my tags:
(Photo courtesy of Aaron Koh.)
And here’s the arm of the OCD, gender-confused ladyironchef, who took pains to arrange all his tags in a neat row.
Of course, the event wasn’t just about tagging. Many good discussions revolving social media and Web 2.0 were generated in just one short morning. Useful connections were made for future collaborations. And a new community was formed, paving the way for more exciting developments in the area of social media in Singapore.
Daryl has a good roundup of the event on his blog.
And here are the people who made this breakfast possible.
From left to right:
Daryl, who pulled the event together.
Derrick, whose idea it was to start this event.
Nabilah, who co-owns Frujch and graciously allowed us to mess up her place.
Sheylara, who prepared the tagging kits and helped in the video.
Ken, who is Caleb’s friend.
Caleb, who was the last-minute mystery sponsor of the event, offering to pick up the tab for everything.
Way to go!!
But I think the most important people in an event are the guests, without whom an event would not be possible.
Thanks to every last one of you who took the plunge and gave this inaugural event a chance. I can’t wait to see you guys again at the next breakfast!
Bring a friend the next time and keep the community growing!
(The tags I collected.)
The Social Media Breakfast was founded by Bryan Person in August 2007 and now operates in many cities in the USA. SMB Singapore is supported and endorsed by www.socialmediabreakfast.com.