Last year, about this time… I was making a huge life change, ridding myself of 75 percent of my possessions and moved back from Greenville, SC. It was a time of great uncertainty, being back in my hometown of Tampa, Florida. No money, all my old friends had gone away, however as much as I thought I lost in my transition I gained something much stronger, my perspective on life was much different. If I could build a network in a small southern town, I could certainly rock it up a bit in my hometown using social networks. Maybe. As many of you know, the Tampa bay area is huge. Many different communities and cities, not to mention we’ve got an amazing diversity of cultures here.
The last thing I could think ever being possible was a year later being voted by the Tampa community “Best of The Bay” in Creative Loafing magazine, that’s just crazy talk. It’s a big honor in our local community, well, unless you are voted “Best Sex Scandal”. But it happened, just a few days ago… I became Tampa’s “Best Twitter Personality” and runner up for “Best Blogger” and I am still in a bit of shock. Creative Loafing has always been a huge part of my life since the mid 90′s, I could have never thought I would be in it’s pages with such an honor. Thank you all for voting.
You may all be wondering what the heck this is…. well, I stumbled out of my room in a waking fog and found this in my chair. All my housemates were confessing was that it showed up to my door this delivered by an omnious black SUV. They didn’t see who dropped it off.
Great. I once got an eight foot bull whip in the mail from Maxim Magazine randomly. But, this was obviously a guitar and trying to remember what random musician that might be obsessed with me. I seriously almost dialed a few long distance numbers from the past and then I saw the label…
X: TO MISS DESTRUCTO <3 Sylvie
What the heck is this…
“Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent.”
— Napoleon Bonaparte
Foursquare Day was last Friday, did you hear about it? Many people that did thought there was a powerhouse viral marketing hot shots or a high priced PR firm behind the scenes of this global social media celebration. I would hate to burst your bubble, but reality just checked in and there’s a new mayor in town. Imagine an eye doctor, a blue haired blogger gal in her early 20′s, and a motley crew of only about fifteen of Tampa, Florida’s social media community. We’ve been hard at work, sitting crowded around laptops and among eyewear in Nathan-Bonilla Warford’s tiny optometrist office for the last month. All of us on the Foursquare Day team have found ourselves immersed in an alternate reality of 5am bedtimes, empty coffee cups and filled email boxes.
Why? Because we all were in it for one thing, to not only celebrate our love of Foursquare but come together as a global community to create an awareness of the power of social media. Did we know what the hell we were doing? Did we make any money? Nope, but we all had passion and used our each unique talents and resources via social media to connect over 250 cities around the globe for one day.
What became of all of that? Something that we could have never imagined…
Oh Tampa, you’ve been there with me through it all… except you can kind of be like that friend that will party with you but if you have to move they’ll find a reason not to be there. It’s not that you aren’t a good friend, we just don’t get to see each other much anymore and you just need a little motivation. Well, Tampa… here’s a reason to finally get excited, and you can do it from anywhere.. yes, even…. the local bar. You lush.
Foursquare Day is checking itself into Tampa (and worldwide) on April 16th and you need to get involved. Why? If you are a Tampa resident in the know about all things tech or social media, you’ve probably wondered why the heck we as a large city, don’t seem to have the frequent “tweetups” or gatherings that many other social media savy areas have.
*gets out map*
Social Fresh Tampa was a great meeting of the social media minds in Tampa and beyond. It was an early morning for me awakening at 4:30am to head to Tampa but I didn’t want to miss a minute of the So Fresh action. Upon arrival, I was notified that they would soon be putting out a nice spread of danishes and coffee for the guests. This was music to my ears, since I didn’t want to be that guy in the McDonald’s commercial “Sorry, I haven’t had my coffee yet” since I knew there would be many faces that I haven’t yet met beyond the screen of the twitterverse.
“Faces i’ve seen, places i’ve been, where will I be next time around… “
Everyone can remember one moment that they felt alive, that one spark that fueled a passion. For me, my personal catalyst was an oddly named band called Harry Dash.
Harry Dash is a local New Port Richey, FL band that means “flash” or “cool” in British cockney slang. I had heard of the band quite a bit growing up, since they’ve been on the local Tampa band scene since the mid 90′s. Their amazing covers of songs such as “Run Like Hell” from Pink Floyd and “Muscle Museum” from Muse and high energy sound from original songs such as “Spies“. Not to forget the soulful, powerhouse vocals behind lullaby ballads and inspirational “get off your butt and do something” anthems such as “Tank” (click to watch the music video). If Radiohead and the Beatles had a lovechild that grew up to kick your ass and take your girlfriend, it would be Harry Dash.
Oh, you can keep the fangs honey. I want that dress….
Last night, Mr. D and I we’re graciously invited by local theme park Busch Gardens to attend their “bleedup” at their annual halloween event Howl-O-Scream. This horror themed twitter and social media meetup last night, went way beyond my expectations. Not only did they roll out the blood red carpet for us, with giving us all VIP passes and many other special goodies. But they really stepped it up a notch at the “Club EnVy” nightclub themed area for “bleedup” attendees featuring a very special appearance by the real @Msvayne and her vamplicious crew. They must be vampires since I didn’t see a drop of sweat on them in the humid fog that rolled over all of us.
Mr D, @Whatsuptampabay, and myself looking like a new recruit for @msvayne
“Now Mark, you promise to take care of that key? Yes, Mayor Iorio”
Today, Destructo HQ (Mr. D and Myself) were honored to be invited by comedian Mark Malkoff to attend his awarding of the Key to the City of Tampa by Mayor Pam Iorio. Last time Tampa saw Mark, he was aboard an Airtran airplane for a month, now he’s got a new gig driving around in a Ford Fusion Hybrid to collect 100 city keys in 28 days for his “Keys to the City” project.