Our Marketing Manager Danelsy Medrano attended “Unplugged with Mayor Michael Nutter” at St. Joseph’s University last night. At the event, Mayor Nutter talked to a group of 75 of the most promising professionals in the Delaware Valley about the bright future of the city of Philadelphia.
Mayor Nutter spoke on many topics and started with his initiative to make the Navy Yard more of a go to destination for people who live in or are visiting Philadelphia. The opportunity for business growth at the Navy Yard shares many parallels with our world of SEO. Just like optimizing a website, the Mayor looks to make it easier to bring traffic to the area in the future and improve the product that visitors can enjoy once they arrive.
In addition to the Navy Yard, the Mayor spoke about encouraging stats about a decrease in obesity in Philadelphia, promising work done by the youth of the city and exciting deals with musicians like Jay Z that will bring more entertainment to the city.
Danelsy also discussed how Mayor Nutter believes Philadelphia is a hub for entertainment. Just an hour away from the Poconos, Atlantic City and much more, there is plenty to love about Philly. While we certainly agree with the Mayor about the greatness of the city, sometimes it’s all about how you get the message out there, which is something Danelsy and others discussed with the Mayor last night and something we work hard on doing for our customers every day.
As a member of the Young Professionals Network of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Danelsy has been representing WebiMax at events since December. Next on her list of events is the presentation of The Paradigm Award. The prestigious award recognizes an exceptional female professional each year. This year, Denise Morrison, President and CEO of Campbell Soup Company will accept the award.
Teenagers in the city of Philadelphia have orchestrated “flash mobs”, a massive gathering of individuals at a common place, usually to conduct some sort of destructive behavior. How do the masses orchestrate the crowd? Through the use of social media platforms Facebook and Twitter. This is clearly an outright abuse of the fundamentals behind social media, as it is being misused to create teenage violence.
“This is not what social media was designed to accomplish”, states Ken Wisnefski, who was recently interviewed on FOX News discussing cyber security. “At WebiMax, we build social media campaigns for our clients to increase their brand awareness and develop additional revenue streams. The organizing of ‘flash mobs’ in Philadelphia demonstrates the capabilities of the misuse of one of the most powerful mass-communications tools in the 21st century”.
The flash mobs have caused Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter (D) to institute a curfew for the city’s citizens under the age of 18. The curfew has had mixed reviews, with the Mayor responding “there is no excuse for young people being out so late at night, making bad decisions, and literally assaulting other citizens”.
“There is no regulation on social media, thus it is impossible to monitor all that is said (and organized) online”, states Wisnefski. “Social media plays an integral role in our lives and
continues to demonstrate its capabilities on national scales. The United Kingdom has also experienced organized flash mobs in London, with organized crowds rioting and looting in the city”.
A possible solution for anti-flash mob violence is constructing a monitoring team that closely watches social media, looking for these events, and preventing them before they occur.
“We’re not likely to have an organizer send a mass-text message or phone calls to their network of 500+ individuals, therefore closely monitoring social media sites and looking for key indicators for an organized flash-mob may be an effective solution. This is another example of the power of social media, just in a negative connotation”, concludes Wisnefski.