Today we have another big announcement: the addition of social media gurus John Byrne and Brian Solis as co-chairs of our newly formed Blogger Board.
When we launched our flagship site SocialMediaToday.com three years ago, we were pioneering a fundamental shift in how people exchange information and engage in collaborative thought. We believe that online communities, conversing in an open, transparent and intelligent forum, are the best form of knowledge-building, but like everything else, they benefit from strong leadership. Having John and Brian on board to help inspire the conversation and drive deeper exploration of social media's evolution is, in all humility, dynamic and daring, and we're grateful for their leadership.
Brian Solis was one of the first social media "heavy hitters" who "got" us. As Brian puts it, "Without an understanding of, and participation in, social networks, you can miss shaping and contributing to the decision-making process of those who define the success of your business. SocialMediaToday.com is a place to learn, share, and advance this new world, and helping shape that conversation is an honor and a pleasure."
I've been an admirer of John Byrne from afar for years: first for his terrific leadership at Fast Company, and later as- literally and metaphorically - brought BusinessWeek into the 21st century. Now he's chairman and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media Co. "Those of us with old media roots know the power of knowledge shared broadly, and being able to tap into that knowledge in a much broader way is incredibly exciting," says John. "SocialMediaToday.com is a nonstop seminar in new media for anyone who sees social networks as the technical articulation of the front porch on a summer night, the place where people set the community agenda for both the personal and the profound. "
Brian and John are joined by other leading bloggers Jonathan Salem Baskin, John Bell, Maggie Fox, Rachel Happe, J.D Lasica and Vanessa Di Mauro.
This new board will help us as we further develop the new platform for SocialMediaToday.com, which allows users to comment more easily, and when logged in, comments are automatically approved. Profiles and blog feeds are all where you left them and you can access them once you've reset your password.
Those who live and breathe social media deserve an infrastructure that reflects their forward-leaning thinking, and we think this step helps cement our reputation as where the most dynamic conversation about social media on the planet takes place every day.
Our other sites within the Social Media Today LLC family have already migrated to the new platform. These include SustainableCitiesCollective (www.sustainablecitiescollective.com) , TheCustomerCollective (www.thecustomercollective.com ) , GoverningPeople (www.governingpeople.com) , MyVenturepad (www.myventurepad.com) , TheEnergyCollective, (www.theenergycollective.com) SmartDataCollective (www.smartdatacollective.com) , and TheSocialCustomer (www.thesocialcustomer.com)