Happy 5th Anniversary to Social Media Club

Five years ago this week, the Social Media Club was born in a cluttered conference room in Silicon Valley.  In the room: Chris Heuer, Kristie Wells, Todd Defren, Brian Solis, Sally Falkow, Tom Abate, Seth Mazow, Tom Foremski, Mark Nowlan, Jen McClure, Pat Meier-Johnson, Russell JohnsonShannon Clark, Lisa Chung and joining us via a conference call: Todd Van Hoosear and Jason Baptiste.

Seems like yesterday. Seems like a hundred years ago.

I have been proud to be affiliated with SMC, as one of the group’s charter members, as a member of the Board of Directors, etc., but pretty much all the credit for the SMC’s success belongs to Chris & Kristi.  From those humble beginnings in that borrowed conference room, the Club has grown to 300 chapters in 47 countries!

Kristi offers up a lot more detail in this seminal 5–year look-back, but meanwhile have a look at this great graphic by the JESS3 team for a sense of how-far-we’ve-come…


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Posted on: August 19, 2011 at 8:50 am By Todd Defren
One Response to “Happy 5th Anniversary to Social Media Club”


  • It is wild to think it has been five years since that first meeting. In addition to good friends like you, Brian, Sally, Serena and others – the 1000+ volunteers running Social Media Club Chapters deserve a big nod as they helped spread the mission and ensured we are here today to tell the tale.

    I am pleased with the growth of this grass roots organization, but time to put some more infrastructure in place and really tackle some meaty projects. I am excited for what the next five years will bring for us all. Cheers.

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