Silicon Beach: Social Media Club Holiday Meetup

Although the year in social media in Miami has been no laughing matter, the South Florida club decided to end 2009 at John Martin's last night with Freddy Stebbins's comedy show. 

But first, there was the usual mingling and networking, which this month included the guys behind a Cuban social networking site -- (more on that in posts to come).
Founder Alex de Carvalho (@alexdc) acknowledged the folks who made it happen, although half the officers didn't show. It was a good year, with several presentations designed to share insight into social media and its myriad uses, ranging from corporate to creative --- local tech giant Citrix has presented and so have artists in every media.  All have one thing in common: Social media connects people and businesses in positive ways.
The stand-up comedy, which takes place for free every Thursday, wasn't supposed to focus on social media, yet the comics still told a few jokes about Facebook, Twitter, and texting:

"I hate it when a santero sends me a dead chicken on Farmville."
"My dick is so big it has its own Twitter account."
"Cell phones are the cigarettes of our generation. That shit is gonna kill us 30 years from now."
Social Media Club South Florida typically meets the second Tuesday of every month. If you're interested in sharing and networking, keep up with the club on its websiteTwitter, and Facebook.

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