You may be perplexed by the title of this blog. Why would the publication VANITY FAIR alongside the TV entertainment program – The Insider - plus the Academy Awards aka Oscar equal to an educational opportunity? Let me explain….
Last week I was an invited guest by Insider to represent their show as a CBS social media correspondent. I was not the only one (thankfully) and was very happy to spend the week with many other social media enthusiasts! We were given full access to the lovely WeWork office space in Hollywood at this week long event and tweet-up hosted by VANITY FAIR. Our “job” was to attend great Oscar related events and tweet, blog and post all about them. In other words, I got to be a Hollywood yenta with social media moxie!
During the week I worked with amazing social media strategist and influencers. Hour after hour I would marvel at how they interconnected with people on social media with such finesse! The peeps from Instagram were all about algorithms and I learned quite a bit talking to them on how Google and other current trends in social media are now playing a role on HOW we do our jobs! My favorite panel was by far the predictors from traditional media who were frankly – not entirely accurate! (Yes, 12 Years a Slave DID win best picture award despite the panelist’s reasoning why it wouldn’t take home the Oscar!)
Additionally, I was impressed and in tech envy of those who were sporting the latest and greatest in technology. The WiFi cameras were amazing, although I must admit that Rich Cruse did post some of the best photos of the week using his “old fashioned” digital camera.
My education continued by learning that many people with public social media personas could co-exist, be supportive of each other and thrive over many hours of intense tweeting. Together we worked in tandem during the award ceremony broadcast with our efforts resulting in our trending on Twitter! (Until Ellen broke Twitter, that is.) Our night was filled with furious tweeting and also amazing catering thanks to the generosity of Vanity Fair – thank you! The photos in the collage below are not staged, we truly friends in addition to our role as the Insider Twitterati.
Lastly, I learned that it DOES take a village in social media, but you still have to work with an elected mayor. Bryan Moore is the heart , soul and “mayor” of the Insider social media community! He is what others might say – “Good people”.
Whew- what a week. My mind is full of new lessons learned and I guess I will end this post – I need a nap!
Have a groovy week~