Friday, May 29, 2009

CityWatchLA - The World of Facebook, YouTube, Google & Twitter—for Pros and Pedestrians

CityWatch, May 29, 2009
Vol 7 Issue 43

On Saturday at the Valley Regional Congress in Panorama City, Neighborhood Council members from around the city will have the opportunity to "Get Connected" as they explore the free social media tools and embrace the new technology that will allow them to communicate effectively in the digital arena.

The session will appeal to both novices and webmasters and an overview of tools such as Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, WordPress, Blogger, StumbleUpon, Flickr, Picassa, Digg, Google, LinkedIn and Ning as well as ideas for including them as part of a neighborhood council strategy for outreach and communications and, most of all, for creating community.

The idea that "if you build it, they will come!" may have made for a great movie but as a strategy for creating online traffic, it falls far short. "Get Connected" includes real techniques for driving website traffic, establishing blog footprints, maximizing email effectiveness, mastering the networking sites and communicating effectively in an environment that is rapidly changing the way we interact.

The Valley Regional Congress is open to the public citywide and is designed to provide Neighborhood Council members with opportunities to forge alliances and coalitions while sharing information on topics ranging from land use to transportation to public safety to community building and connectivity.

Open to the public and free of charge, the Valley Regional Congress takes place on Saturday, May 30 from 8 am to 3 pm at the Panorama High School, 8015 Van Nuys Blvd, Panorama City 91402

For more information on the Valley Regional Congress, visit

To participate in the Valley Regional Congress wiki, visit

For more information on "Get Connected" visit

(Stephen Box is a communications and marketing expert … and a contributor to CityWatch. He can be reached at

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