Island networker gets out in front of Social Media Day

Making connections: The Port Washington-based Social Media Association will salute Social Media Day a day early.

Long Island’s own Social Media Association is getting a jump on Social Media Day.

While June 30 marks the actual anniversary of Social Media Day, founded in 2010 by the digital media company Mashable to recognize and celebrate social media’s impact on global communication, the SMA – a networking group dedicated to empowering entrepreneurs, business owners and other strategic decision-makers through social and digital media – is hosting its observance a day early, with a get-together slated to run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 29 at Baldino’s Restaurant in Plainview.

Social Media Association Co-President Sharyn O’Mara said the Port Washington-based organization toyed with the idea of suggesting that it was advanced, progressive and otherwise ahead of its time by holding its Social Media Day event the night before the actual day, but admitted the decision was actually based on a quirk of the calendar, with June 30 falling on a Friday this year.

“People don’t necessary want to network for business on a Friday night,” she told Innovate LI.

But the Thursday night networker promises to be an enjoyable and informative blast, with business professionals, innovators, influencers and the general public uniting to “connect their online networks offline, in a face-to-face setting (that) brings communities closer together,” according to a statement from the association.

Ultimately, the networking event is for business-minded professionals who believe Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and other popular social media possess the power “to influence consumers, change behavior and secure buying decisions,” according to the SMA, an independent organization that was formerly the Long Island chapter of the national Social Media Club.

Tickets cost $10 for SMA members and $20 for non-members, and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Click here for more information or to register.