If you read this blog then you probably fit into the category of “social media junkie”; it is what I’ve spent a lot of the past year talking about, figuring out for myself at least how best to make use of social media for both business and personal purposes. This week I’ve got too call outs that will be of interest to you.

The IIA social media working group is looking for new members:

I’ve been chairing this group for the past year and it has proven to be a great way to learn about social media and to meet lots of people, practitioners and beginners, who are applying social media in the marketing and communications mix of their organisations. The very capable Conor Lynch is taking over as chair and it promises to be a very active year ahead. If you are interested in taking part in the group, the first meeting of the new year is taking place on Thursday evening next at 6pm in the Digital Hub. Email Roseanne (members at iia dot ie) for the details. Only criteria to partake is that you’re a member of the IIA.

Have your social media activities recognised at the Irish Web Awards:

That’s right, there is a new category this year recognising organisations that are using social media effectively. This doesn’t have to be a big bang campaign with big spend behind it. If you are doing something interesting with Twitter, blogging, Facebook, YouTube etc, then head over the the web awards site and submit an entry. The more information you can share about what you’re doing and what results you’ve seen the better. I imagine there’ll be some great case studies coming out of that. Closing date is next Thursday; same day as the working group meet (coincidentally – but not related). So head on over  to the Irish Web Awards site and submit your activity.

On a separate note, I came across the website Bandwidth Films today; a beautiful music video website featuring independent artists based in Belfast. I particularly enjoyed this video “Ocean and a Rock” by Lisa Hannigan: