Kicking Off A Week-Long Social Media Celebration in Michigan

June 24, 2013

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Today marks the start of a week of activities promoting social media in the Great Lakes State, capped off with Governor Rick Snyder once again proclaiming June 30, 2013, as Social Media Day in Michigan.

The governor's proclamation -- along with the series of events -- recognize the growing importance that social technology plays in how we live, work and play, while also promoting awareness of State of Michigan governmental social media resources.

Last year Michigan became the third state to officially declare the importance of social platforms, with the governor commending the technology for its capacity to engage constituents and provide enhanced customer service.

Here's how Michiganders can participate in the week of social media activities:

"I 'Like' Michigan!" Photo Contest: Social media users are invited to join government officials and local "celebrities" in expressing their passion and insight on the benefits of social media.

Participants can print their "I 'Like' Michigan" thumbs-up at www.michigan.gov/socialmedia, pose with it for a photo, and post the image to any Michigan.gov Facebook or Twitter account with the hashtag #SocialMediaIs.

One lucky participant will receive a Pure Michigan gift basket, donated by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).

For a full inventory of Michigan.gov social accounts visit www.michigan.gov/socialmedia.

Live Chat on Career and Talent Resources: MEDC President and CEO Michael Finney will join the Lansing State Journal for a Live Chat at Noon on Tuesday, June 25 to discuss career and talent resources.

Individuals can join the conversation as well as find a steady stream of available job opportunities by visiting Twitter and searching the hashtag #MIJobs.

Cyber Security Twitter Town Hall: A live Twitter town hall will take place Wednesday, June 26 at 2:00 p.m. with Daniel J. Lohrmann, Department of Technology, Management and Budget Chief Security Officer & Deputy Director for Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Protection. He will provide tips and valuable information on how citizens can protect themselves online.

Individuals can join the conversation by visiting Twitter and searching the hashtag #cybersecurity.

Detroit Social Media Day: Governor Snyder will make a virtual appearance at Detroit Social Media Day on Thursday, June 27 with a special video message announcing the introduction of the UpTo platform as a means to engage directly with the Governor, and also get out and Do Something! in collaboration with the Michigan Ambassador Program.

Social Media Google+ Hangout: Social media professionals from across the state will gather for a Google plus Hangout on Air at Noon on Friday, June 28. Those interested in participating or viewing the live discussion can tune it at: http://bit.ly/1ceApXl.

The live chat will focus on social media innovation and feature guests from the Social Media Association of Michigan, UpTo, Lambert, Edward & Associates, Pure Michigan, the Lansing State Journal, Governor Snyder's Office and Michigan.gov.

For more information about these and other State of Michigan social media initiatives visit www.michigan.gov/socialmedia.