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Five Years of Social

What did we do before Facebook? Before Twitter? Before most of what we think of as social media and smart phones and all of today's connected technologies existed?

Five years ago, much of what we think of today as social media was either in its early days or still stuck on a whiteboard somewhere.

Five years ago, we felt the same pain that we do today. We felt overwhelmed by new media (there were millions of blogs in 2006). Our filters sucked only slightly more than they do today.

Five years ago, I had the honor of being there, at least in a virtual sense, for the first meeting of the Social Media Club, or at least the meeting that started it all. Chris Heuer and Kristie Wells sat down with Todd Defren, Brian Solis, Sally Falkow, Tom Abate, Seth Mazow, Tom Foremski, Mark Nowlan, Jen McClure, Pat Meier-Johnson, Russell JohnsonShannon Clark, Lisa Chung, myself and (also virtually) Jason Baptiste to talk about the changes that social media was bringing.

In November of that same year, a group of about 100 of us teamed up with the Society for New Communications Research and hosted our first Boston meeting of the club. Jen was there, as well as Chris Heuer, and we were joined by a great group of Boston folks, including the following folks who really helped get the word out and share their thoughts: Adam Weiss, Adam Zand, Alison Raymond, Amanda Watlington, Barbara Rudolph, Brian Cavoli, Bryan Person, Chuck Hester, David Meerman Scott, Doug Haslam, Geoff Livingston, Mike Spataro, Paula Slotkin, Scott Monty, Susan Koutalakis, Tom Francoeur, Tony Sapienza and many others who you'll recognize in the photos below.

In the five years that have transpired since then, so much has happened. There's a great blog post on some of the milestones, and this great infographic from JESS3:

Social Media Club, The First Five Years

Here are some thoughts from Social Media Club Founder Chris Heuer on our 5th anniversary:

I'll share my own thoughts on our 5th anniversary at our November 8th "Evolution of Social Business" event at IBM. I hope you'll join me for that!

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Our New View

First of all, we apologize for not giving our blog readers -- all three of you at this point (hi dad!) -- the news and commentary we strived for when we launched the blog. Things have been very busy at Fresh Ground these past few months, and we've barely had time to stick our heads above water.

But now we have, and here they are, showing off the view from our new offices:

Our New Office View!

(Yes, that's the Moakley Courthouse directly behind us, Barking Crab on the left of the photo, just below Fort Point Channel, and the Boston skyline behind that. For me, I've come full circle, as my first job after coming to Boston was on Summer Street just a few blocks away. My how things have changed since then!)

We signed the agreements today on our new offices, so you will find us, through May, 2011, at:

Fresh Ground, Inc.
One Marina Park Drive, 14th Floor
Boston, MA 02210

Fresh Ground, One Marina Park Drive, Boston, MA

For those of you who recognize the address, it is indeed the Mass Challenge space -- a great effort to promote technology and business innovation in the state. We're happy to play a small role in promoting what our city and state have to offer the world.

So come visit and we'll show you around. Our only challenge is to find a decent independent coffee shop somewhere nearby -- or maybe find a second use for our name...

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