Social Media Day Celebrates Innovation, Results and Friendships

I am teaming up with one of my favorite social media partners, public relations director Rochelle Veturis, to celebrate the 2nd annual Social Media Day activities at the Orange County Register.

I first called Rochelle “the Twitter queen” at one of the first social media panels I hosted with other social media pioneers — Morgan Brown of the Social Media Club of Orange County, micro-blogger Mark Davidson, L.A. Times reporter Tami Abdollah, Twitter author Deborah Micek and then-Dana Point City Councilman Joel Bishop.

It seemed such a long time ago since that summer of 2009 when the amazing “power panel” provided such key insights on the potential and power of social media. And if you’re actively engaged in real-time social media, you now realize that pioneering panel back then forecasted how business owners, celebrities, politicians and others would embrace Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other new media to cultivate and transform relationships.

Milestone moments from the uprisings in North Africa and in the Middle East, Facebook reaching 700 million users and Anthony Weiner’s high-profile political free-fall from the inappropriate use of Twitter demonstrate how social media is becoming embedded into our daily personal and professional lives.

In advance of Social Media Day, I asked some of my favorite professionals in Southern California about their social media moment.

I am excited to join hundreds gathering 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, June 30 for the Mashable-inspired Social Media Day. The Orange County Register’s social media lead, Kevin Sablan, has organized another action-packed and meaningful event at the headquarters of the Orange County Register, 625 N. Grand Ave. in Santa Ana.

Look for Rochelle and me as we capture the afternoon’s event. But more importantly, we’re looking forward to meeting you and chatting with you on how social media is impacting our lives.

What was your social media moment? And let me know what you think the next social moment will be.

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  • Oh wow! 2009 seems like a lifetime ago. Excellent job, Orange County for embracing social media with such gusto. This Middle Tennessee Girl would love to be there with you all! Thank you Ted for always enlarging our worldview with your excellent blog.

    • Gina,

      We would have been so honored to have you come to Orange County from Tennessee.

      The day was so amazing thanks to our social media pal, Rochelle Veturis! We had such a hoot serving as the event’s official social media correspondents to ensure we captured all the highlights, insights and perspectives from the nearly 1,000 participants.

  • Rochelle Veturis Coles

    Ted, I have such fond memories of that first Social Media Panel at OCTA in 2009. What a terrific evening. Thanks for taking the time to remind us how far we’ve come in such a short time.

    Gina: I think we met in 2009, right? 🙂

    • What can I say?!? Social Media Day was a hit thanks to you.

      Thanks for being my partner in crime in showcasing by example the high caliber of social media in practice that elevates the tools from high technology to high touch.

      Thanks again, Rochelle!

  • Hi Ted,

    Thank you so much for collecting the thought of so many social media superstars! I loved listening to their special social media moments!


    • Tanya,

      It was so great to meet your Mom. I’m so glad you brought her to the event. It’s nice to be able to share with our parents our passions and the people that make our professional and personal lives so great. And they showed up in force!

      I’m looking forward to many more social media days and years with you in it, my friend.


  • Haley

    So excited that so many social media giants will all be together once again to lead Orange County on the latest and greatest happenings in social media. #SocialMediaSuperstars #OrangeCounty #LoveIt

    • Haley,

      It was great to see you again after these months of just tweeting. I felt a bit deja vu as we saw some of the Real Housewives of Orange County at the social media event at the Orange County Register. It brought back some funny moments behind the gates of the Real Housewives in Coto de Caza.


  • Wow, I too am amazed that the first Panel was in 2009 because I remember reading about it and it doesn’t seem that long ago! Great job embracing and promoting Social Media in OC and beyond! I am blessed and fortunate to know you both on a professional and even personal level! Incredible job with the video Ted!!!

    • John,

      Rochelle and I could not have celebrate Social Media Day without your enduring support from the East Coast.

      Warmest regards,

  • j steele

    Hey Ted, You and Rochelle will be great tomorrow! Sounds like fun!

    Well I’ll share *a* moment: I was joining LinkedIn in response to someone who wanted to connect so I finished filling in the blanks and hit submit, not realizing that there was a default setting to send an invitation to EVERYONE in my outlook contacts! It occurred to me seconds after submitting and all I could do was sweat bullets…then I said what the heck and within a week I had over 100 connections 🙂


    • J,

      It’s quite amazing all these moments we’ve experienced thanks to social media. You’re one of the power users that your connections will be fueled by.

      Happy Social Media Day everyday!


  • Wow…hard to believe it’s 2 years later. It is truly wonderful to have connected with all of you through Social Media.

    Ted you are a gift…your teaching, and sharing are shining examples of the beauty and power of Social Media.

  • I’m so glad that social media powerhouses Ted Nguyen and Rochelle Veturis are among us; they are the catalyst to get us plugged in with technology, business, PR, and the world in general. Without them I would’ve started using Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and other vehicles just now, and very sparingly. But with their advice, their fun/profitable/insightful events and education, and their awesomeness – I use social media heavily to a great ROE (return on engagement). I’m sorry that I couldn’t make it, but I’m sure it rocked as usual!


    i like anything you did for everybody


    i wish i join with this event in my life. I want to meet to share about social media