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blog by Ben Tsujimoto  • 

How intimately intertwined has social media become in our daily activities? We post Instagram’d photos of babies, pets and meals immediately to Facebook. We wake up to consume the morning’s news from our Twitter feed. We unfollow mercilessly, wrinkling our noses at annoying social media presences. We check in relentlessly on Foursquare, hoping—pleading—that one day our local check-ins will mean something substantial—or at least snag us free nachos.

To celebrate the value of instant interaction, information gathering and the incessant buzzing of our devices, Social Media Club Buffalo is celebrating Mashable’s Social Media Day from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Statler City, 107 Delaware Ave., Buffalo.

Pre-registration admission through EventBrite.com is only $5 (+ $1.12 of fees) and aids Computers for Children, Inc., while tickets jump to $8 (cash only) when purchased at the door.

While there’s the usual revelry that accompanies $2.50 well drinks and domestic beers—don’t overlook the free appetizers, either—special this year is the Social Challenge. With the grand prize of an overnight stay at a Premium Grand Guestroom at the Mansion on Delaware, Social Media Day attendees can complete five social media actions (detailed below) to be eligible. Full details here.

1) Use a trending hashtag in a tweet about #SMDayBuf #socialchallenge (Tip: Trending Hashtags are found to the left of the Twitter page, underneath “trends”)
2) Leave a post with how social media has changed your life on the Social Media Club Buffalo Facebook Page-share the link on twitter using the hashtag #SMDayBuf #socialchallenge
3) Write a review on Yelp for the last locally owned business where you received excellent customer service- share the link on twitter and use the hashtag #SMDayBuf #socialchallenge
4) Take a picture of a WNY landmark on Instagram—share on twitter and use the hashtag #SMDayBuf #socialchallenge
5) Check in to Social Media Day Buffalo 2012 on Foursquare or Facebook, using the hashtag #SMDayBuf #socialchallenge. Share on Twitter or tag Social Media Club Buffalo on Facebook

These requirements need to be fulfilled by 6 p.m.—an hour before the event ends—in order to be eligible for victory. If you’d rather relax and watch as your Twitter handle pops up repeatedly with clever phrases on the projected Twitter feed of hashtag “#smdaybuf”, that’s apparently acceptable as well. There’s reason to look good, as there’s a red carpet Twit-pic opportunity.

TAGGED: social challenge, social media buffalo, social media club buffalo, statler city

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